Thanks very much to Eduard for our sample and to Paul Carter for the review.
Eduard 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 ‘ProfiPACK’
Of the 35,000 Bf 109 built, the most numerous variant was the ‘Gustaf’ with 24,000 examples produced from May 1942. Powered by the Daimler Benz DB-605A engine, maximum speed of the G-2 was 410 mph at 22,970ft with a ceiling of 45,275ft.The 109 was never easy to fly, the ‘G’ was difficult for experts and hazardous for novices. Armed with an engine-mounted 20mm Mauser MG 151 cannon and a pair of cowling-mounted 7.9mm MG17 machine guns, many G-2 also flew with gondola mounted 20mm MG-151 under the wings.
The previous Eduard 1/48 Bf 109G-2 model was the ill-fated 2014 mould, but this Bf 109G-2 is from the improved 2016 tooling. As is standard with Eduard, while a new release as a G-2, all the sprues have been seen in other Bf 109 boxings. The spares box will benefit from an influx of parts as only 88 of the 186 grey plastic parts are actually used. There are also 14 parts in clear (eight not used), a sheet of coloured PE and mask set.
Panel lines are very crisp and finely moulded. The surface texture of the wings and fuselage are particularly pleasing. There are rivet lines moulded into the model but they are very subtle, while not to every modellers taste but I like them. Particularly impressive are the rivets on the clear canopy parts. The PE sheet has the usual two-part Instrument Panel, seat harness and other small items that may well be seen with the option of having the canopy open or shut.
I guess the most important question is whether the model is accurate, expert 109 fans may well point to the Zvezda with its slightly thinner fuselage as closer to the real thing, however the build process of the Eduard version will be simpler.
The model may be built as a standard G-2, a G-2/Trop as an R6 gunboat and comes with a decal sheet with markings for five different G-2’s. There is a second decal sheet with standard Bf 109 stencils. The colours are all good and registration is excellent.
I have made one of the Eduard Bf 109G-6 models and it was a lovely build. A well thought out build process with parts that fit with little drama come together to make an excellent result. This kit is similar and will have similar results. The model looks accurate to plans I have, with the quality decal sheet, PE fret and masks it really is a great buy.
Lock On No.28 Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2, Publisher: Verlinden Productions, Paperback, ISBN-10: 1930607253, ISBN-13: 978-1930607255, Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.6 x 0.5 cm.
Messerschmitt Bf 109 (Osprey Modelling Manuals No17), Publisher: Osprey Publishing (25 Jan. 2002), Paperback: 64 pages, Language: English ISBN-10: 1841762652, ISBN-13: 978-1841762654, Product Dimensions: 18 x 1.3 x 24.4 cm.
Not surprisingly the are a large number of Aftermarket products available for the Messerschmitt BF109G-2, a small selection are as follows:
Aber ABRA48112: Aircraft Guns (Brass): Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 to Bf 109G-4 Armament for German Fighters 2 x 17mm MG Tips, 2 x MG151, Pitot Tube: £7.25
Kora KORD4854: Aftermarket Decals: Bulgarian Eagles Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 Strela Bulgarian AF: £9.99
LF Models LFMC4827: Aftermarket Decals: Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 Black 14 2(H) Luftwaffe Tunisia and with USAAF marking after capture by 49th FS Feb 1943: £10.80
Quickboost (by Aires) QB48735: Resin Upgrade: Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2/Messerschmitt BF109G-5/ Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 Tropical dust filter: £3.50
Quickboost (by Aires) QB48801: Resin Upgrade: Messerschmitt Bf 109F/G Position Lights: £4.80
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