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Eduard #82113
Bf 109G-6 (Early) ProfiPACK Edition -- 1:48 Scale

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 is one of the most recognizable warplanes of WWII.  It has been the subject of hundreds of injection-molded kits in all scales.  As many scale modelers know, some are better engineered and more accurate than others.  Eduard’s initial release of a 1:48 scale Bf 109 was highly anticipated back in 2014, but modelers found that the kit included a number of shape and detail errors.  This prompted Eduard to re-tool the entire line to get it right.  Here, we take a look at the second of the retooled Bf 109s from Eduard, their Bf 109G-6 Profipack Edition kit.

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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.  In the mid-1930s, it was one of the most advanced fighters of its era, featuring an all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, and retractable landing gear.  As a testament to the versatility and capability of the design, Bf 109s were still deadly opponents ten years later 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 were initially quite similar 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.  Increasingly, the 109 G-series filled a greater diversity of roles, and in the process, the airframe evolved.  In early 1943, the G-6 saw the previously standard 7.92 mm MG 17 machine guns replaced by the 13 mm MG 131. Due to the MG 131’s larger breechblock, bulged gun covers were fitted to the cowling, leading to the Bf 109 G-6 being nicknamed Die Beule (The Bulge).  More than 12,000 G-6s were manufactured (including 11 sub-types) when G-6 production came to an end in 1944.  Many flew on to the final days of the war.

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Eduard’s original 1:48 scale Bf 109 first came out in 2014, but there were some clear shape and accuracy errors in those kits.  Eduard responded to significant criticism by producing an extensively re-tooled 109 kit.  This is the second of the newly tooled and corrected kits, with the late G-6 version having come first.

This Profipack boxing consists of 214 injection molded parts on seven dark blue-grey sprues, 14 clear parts on one clear sprue (a total of 77 plastic parts go unused in this early G-6), 44 photoetched metal parts (some pre-painted), 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:  Much as is the case with their 1:48 scale Spitfires, the retooled Eduard Bf 109 is a superlative kit by any and all standards, and really does appear to represent the best 109 in 1:48 scale, and maybe the best that ever been ever been made – period.  The kit has a range of construction options, including the positionable canopy, leading edge slats, flaps, ailerons, elevator, rudder, and radiator flaps.  The cockpit, especially with the photoetched metal instrument panel, belts, and great plastic detail, is a real highlight. Surface details including the recessed panel lines, rivets, and fasteners are all simply sublime.   
 
Other details include three styles of the Erla windscreens, standard and tall tail, long and short tailwheel, optional 20mm underwing cannon pods, alternative propeller designs, different main wheels hubs, and choices of oil cooler housings, masts, bomb racks, and an optional centerline 300 liter drop tank.  Eduard has you covered.

The decals are printed by Eduard and look gorgeous, with great color, resolution, and thin restrained carrier film.  The kit comes with not only great schemes to choose from, but 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).  

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Overall, this is a superlative model kit in general and a great Bf 109 specifically.  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 falling head-over-heels with this kit and admiring its 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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