Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Bf-109G Control Surfaces

Published: June 9th, 2017     
Bf-109G Control Surfaces
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Packaged in the typical Brassin blister pack are seven pieces of perfect light grey resin and a single fret of photo etch.Instructions are included that show all the parts and how they are to be added.

The rudder, elevators, and ailerons with their mass weights are the resin pieces. The flight controls feature some stitching detail that is nicely done.

The modeler has to add the photo etch trim tabs to the control surfaces. Interestingly, the rudder and elevators have the trim tabs molded on so if you decide not to use the molded on trim tabs you have to remove them. The instructions are pretty straight-forward. The control surfaces are direct replacements for the kit parts.

If you want to articulate the surfaces, like I wanted to do, you will have to remove the molded on tabs and flush mount the control surfaces.

This set is designed for any of the Gustav series, but I have to be honest, I can't tell a difference between this set and the one designed for the Friedrich.

The set is easy enough to use and features restrained detail on the surfaces. They will improve the look of the model.

Highly recommended

Bf-109G-2 Overtree

Published: June 9th, 2017     
Bf-109G-2 Overtree
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Overtree versions of the Eduard kits is the release with no frills. No instructions, no decals, no masks, no photo etch, no nothin. That doesn't mean that it is a bad thing. You get a kit for a very reasonable price and it can be built out of the box quite nicely.

Bf-109G Undercarriage Legs BRONZE

Published: June 9th, 2017     
Bf-109G Undercarriage Legs BRONZE
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Company: Eduard

The sit of the Bf-109 places a lot of stress on the landing gear legs on the real airplane.

Eduard has released a set of brass landing gear in their Brassin range of aftermarket items. This simple set is packaged in a blister pack with foam protecting the four parts inside. There are two brass landing gear legs and two resin gear covers.

The brass legs are perfectly formed with just a little pour nub on the top of the strut that will need to be sanded down ever so slightly. The rest is beautiful detail. The purist of 109 freaks will say that this is only the earliest style of 109 landing gear strut, used on the F and Gs, or the Gustav up to the early versions of the G-6. If you are that much of a stickler for landing gear struts more power to you. You can use this set on any of the models that Eduard has released so far.

Construction is simple enough. Remove the doors from the pour blocks, sand slightly and add to the Brass strut. The brass strut itself doesn't really need any clean up other than the very top of the strut and then only slightly. Painting things are easy enough. RLM 02 is used for most of the strut and the inside of the door.

Bf-109G-2 Canopy Masks

Published: June 9th, 2017     
Bf-109G-2 Canopy Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

If there is one thing I hate about modeling aircraft it is masking canopies. To me it is just a chore. I can mask an entire model multiple times but something as mundane as a canopy is a pain and time-consuming. That is why I really enjoy Eduard's canopy masks.

Printed on Kabuki tape, similar to Tamiya tape, these masks are precisely cut for the Eduard Bf-109G-2 kit. They should fit the G-5/6 as well. The thing about these masks that is different from other masks is that the aft canopy has the internal framework. Eduard gives you both the interior and exterior framework for the aft canopy. The other canopy parts are just the outside. The single page of instructions shows you which masks goes where.

Everything fit perfectly which is what you would expect from a manufacturer who produces both the kit and the masks. Apply the masks, then paint the interior color, in this case, Tamiya German Grey, and then the exterior camouflage color. Simple easy and efficient.

B-17 E/F Radio Compartment PE Set

Published: June 9th, 2017     
B-17 E/F Radio Compartment PE Set