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Eduard Fw Bf 109G-10 Mtt Regensburg 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 sit down with their Bf 109G-10 Mtt Regensburg 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 their predecessor.  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 initial variants (G-1 through G-4) differed only in minor ways from the Bf 109F, most notably in the more powerful DB 605 engine. 

The G-10 emerged in December 1944 with the nickname "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.  Yet, these powerplants were ready before the airframes.  Thus, fitting available DB 605 D-2s into a G-model would be the least disruptive and most efficient thing to do until the K-model assembly line was ready.  Also, some G-10s had G-14 data plates, but those were G-14 airframes that had been reallocated to G-10 assembly lines.  Some 2,600 G-10s were produced between the Erla, WNF, and Messerschmitt (Mtt) Regensburg factories.
     
The three-panel Erla-Haube canopy further distinguished the Bf 109G-10.  Internally, the DB 605D-2 had some larger components, such as the oil cooler which necessitated a deeper fairing.  The enlarged crankcase and the oil return lines were accommodated by small blister fairings incorporated into the lower engine cowling, in front of and below the exhaust stacks.  Erla-built aircraft were an exception which simply had modified cowlings but without the small bulges in front of the exhaust stacks.  The antenna mast was removed from the fuselage turtledeck, and replaced with a forward-sweeping antenna attached to the lower left wing.  And if you’ve ever been the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, the Bf 109 on display there is a G-10 model.

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Eduard’s ProfiPACK edition of their 1:48 scale Bf 109G-10 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 and two parts on another small accessory fret, a small pre-cut masking set for the windscreen and canopy, and two decal sheets.  The main decal sheet covers the following five 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 and G-14 (see these and related reviews HERE) apply in this case just as well.

The unique G-10 features are well represented here.  The cowling bulges of the Regensburg factory-produced airplanes are present and well represented, especially on the port side the cowling which accommodated the larger supercharger intake and modified engine mounts.  There’s also the subtle difference in the gun cowl, a deeper oil cooler housing, and a different propeller.

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 wheels 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. 

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 and B for their unusual colors and markings).  The second, smaller 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 catch some online chatter that the shape of the Eduard G-10’s exhaust stacks as being a little misconfigured or too high, but these are indeed minor concerns.  In my review sample, one of the prop blades on Sprue V indeed had been broken off, but it can be easily repaired.

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Once again, Eduard provides another great 1:48 scale Bf 109 in their Bf 109G-10 ProfiPACK Edition.  The addition of the ProfiPACK components round out what could be considered a complete scale modeling experience in a box.  Even someone like me (primarily a jet modeler for many years) can’t help admiring the great engineering, accuracy, and level of detail.      

Sincere thanks are owed to 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
Detail & Scale

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