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Eduard Bf 109G-10 WNF/Diana ProfiPACK Edition
1:48 Scale



The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was one of the most iconic warplanes of WWII and one of Eduard’s best 1:48 scale kits.  It almost went a different way for Eduard – their initial release of a 1:48 scale Bf 109 in 2014 had shape and detail errors, and so they went back to the drawing board.  A corrected version was later produced that has spawned an ever-growing family of second-generation 1:48 scale Eduard Bf 109s.  In this review, we take a look with their Bf 109G-10 WNF/Diana ProfiPACK edition.

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The Bf 109 needs little introduction as one of the two premier single-seat German fighters of the Second World War.  The prototype flew in 1935 and marked the start of a production run of 33,984 airframes spanning dozens of variants and subtypes.  It was a highly advanced fighter for the mid-1930s, featuring all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, and retractable landing gear.  As a testament to the versatility of the design, Bf 109s were still deadly opponents ten years later.  While many contemporaries came and went, the Bf 109 was still in the fight as the war came to a close and jet fighters came onto the scene.

The Bf 109G, also known as the Gustav, was an evolutionary development of the Bf 109F-series.  Externally, 109Gs started off being nearly identical to the earlier -F model.  Internally, the wings were reinforced, the windscreen was bulletproofed, and the fuel tanks surrounded by light armor.  Other changes included outer wheel bay shape changes and the addition of air inlet scoops on both sides of the forward engine cowling that held the new Daimler-Benz DB 605A engine. 

The G-10 emerged in December 1944 as the "bastard aircraft of the Erla factory."  The G-10 was a standard new build Bf 109G airframe paired with the DB 605 D-2 engine which was destined for the Bf 109K.  The three-panel Erla-Haube canopy further distinguished the Bf 109G-10.  Bf 109G-10s were also produced at the Messerschmitt’s Wiener Neustädter Flugzeugwerke (WNF) factory near Vienna and at the Diana factory in Czechoslovakia.  The WNF and Diana-built G-10s were fitted with new, wider main wheels, long upper wing bulges, and the new streamlined engine cowling to accommodate the DB-605 D-2’s engine mounts and supercharger.

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Eduard’s ProfiPACK edition of their 1:48 scale Bf 109G-10 WNF/Diana consists of 188 injection molded parts on four dark blue-grey sprues (about 70 parts go unused in this version of the kit), 10 clear parts on one clear sprue, 49 photoetched metal parts (some pre-painted) on one fret, a small pre-cut masking set for the windscreen and canopy, and two decal sheets.  The main decal sheet covers the following four airframes: 

Strengths:  The retooled Eduard Bf 109 family are all superlative kits by any standards.  They hold their own against the exquisite Tamiya Bf 109 kit.  Further, all the good things I said about their G-6, G-14, and Regensburg-built G-10 kit (see these and related reviews HERE) apply equally to this kit as well.  The unique G-10 WNF and Diana features are well represented here.  Most importantly, the long upper wing bulges are really nicely represented on the new Sprue Y.

The kit has a range of construction options, including the positionable canopy, separate leading edge slats, flaps, ailerons, elevator, rudder, and radiator flaps.  The cockpit, especially with the photoetched metal instrument panel, belts, and clear-cast fuel pipe, is a real highlight.  In other words, the plastic parts for the kit cockpit are very good on their own, but the photoetched metal parts in the ProfiPACK set elevate it to a whole new level.  Exterior surface details including the recessed panel lines, rivets, and fasteners are all simply sublime.  You can position the flaps as desired.  While the instructions show the separate elevators going straight-in, you can easily modify them if you want them dropped.  There’s an even larger mounting pin for the rudder, so to deflect the rudder (if that’s the look you’re going for) just a tiny bit of work hacking off that mounting pin will get the job done.

Other details include three styles of the Erla canopies (of course, you only need one here), standard and tall rudder, long and short tail wheel, optional 20mm underwing cannon pods, alternative propellers, different main wheel hubs, and choices of oil cooler housings, masts, bomb racks, and an optional centerline 300 liter drop tank.  These options are extensive and thorough, though again, not all are used on or are appropriate for this version of the kit.  The photoetched parts are also just perfectly made, including the great pre-painted instrument panel details and pilot restraints.  However, if PE metal parts aren’t your cup of tea, an instrument panel decal is provided.  The masking set also comes in handy – it’s pre-cut, self-adhesive, and will save quite a bit of time and effort masking the clear parts and wheel hubs.  There’s also alternate masks for painting the “overpainted” German Balkenkreuz fuselage insignias in markings option B.

The decals are printed by Eduard and look great, with excellent color, resolution, and thin, restrained carrier film.  The kit comes with great schemes to choose from (I really like options A, B, and D for the unusual notable moments they represent at the end of the war, along with their interesting colors and markings).  The second, smaller decal sheet contains complete maintenance stencils for the airplane.

Weaknesses:  I cannot offer any substantive critiques of this kit (but of course, 109 experts may be aware of minor issues I might not catch).  I did hear some talk that the shape of the Eduard G-10’s exhaust stacks are a little misconfigured or too high, but these are indeed minor concerns.

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Once again, Eduard provides another consistently great 1:48 scale Bf 109 in their Bf 109G-10 WNF/Diana ProfiPACK Edition.  The addition of the ProfiPACK components round out what could be considered a full-scale modeling experience in a box.  Even someone like me (primarily a jet modeler) will really enjoy the great engineering, accuracy, and level of detail.     

Sincere thanks are owed to everyone at Eduard for the review sample.  You can visit them on the web at http://www.eduard.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EduardCompany

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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