Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Messerschmitt Bf 109G Correct Undercarriage Bay

Published: November 13th, 2016     
Messerschmitt Bf 109G Correct Undercarriage Bay
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Aires Messerschmitt Bf 109G Correct Undercarriage Bay for the 1/48 Eduard 109G series of kits. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the sealed flap on the back of package to allow for easy access to parts.

Upon removal of the resin undercarriage parts you will notice the great detail that we have come to expect from Aires QB products. Once you have removed the undercarriage parts from the resin base you will need to do a little clean-up of the flash with your tool of choice on the openings of the bays (I used the tip of my X-Acto knife). After the flash has been removed they are ready to be glued into the wheel wells of the Eduard Bf 109G.

The corrected undercarriage bays are a great addition to this kit, when looking at the side by side comparison you will notice the ones supplied with the kit show the detail of where the openings are located but they do not have the openings that you can see thru like the Aires QB parts have.

Bf-109G Stencils

Published: November 13th, 2016     
Bf-109G Stencils
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The new Eduard Bf-109 is an exceptionally good kit and a lot of fun to build. What do you do if you have an Overtree boxing with no decals? Well you can get these decals to handle the stencils.

Eduard has started to print their own decals. One of the first ones they've done is the stencils for their Bf-109. Packaged in a self-sealing plastic wrapping with a thin cardboard backing, the decals are printed on a 2 1/2 x 4 3/4 decal sheet. Also included is a sheet of instructions are included on a half of an A4 sheet. The finesse of the writing is legible in this scale. The colors are perfectly in register. The decals are very thin. So you will have to use plenty of water to move them around on the model once you add them, but they work flawlessly. Even if you don't use setting solutions these decals will snuggle down beautifully.

I did not find any issues with any of the stencils on my two models. They performed flawlessly and, most importantly, look great on the model. Each sheet has enough decals for one aircraft. There are options available for fuel, oil and MW50 markings as well as black and red versions of most markings.

Highly recommended

Bf 109G-6 Decals

Published: November 13th, 2016     
Bf 109G-6 Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Ok so what do you do when you screw the pooch on the initial release of a model kit and you've already invested lots of money on decals? Well if you are Eduard then you simply offer them as a separate item to use on your new kit.

I built three of the initial Bf-109Gs from the 2014 release. The decals were the best thing about the release, despite size issues with kit, the decal were perfect. They were designed properly and even scaled perfectly for 1/48th scale.

Bf-109G Royal Decal Sheet

Published: November 13th, 2016     
Bf-109G Royal Decal Sheet
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

What do you do when your kit is too large but your decals aren't? Well if you are Eduard you offer the decals for sale to go with you newly released Bf-109G. These decals were designed for the Royal Class release of the Eduard 2014 Bf-109G release.

Packaged in a resealable package with card stock support, this 8.5 x 13 inch sheet is printed by Cartograf. There is also a small stencil sheet printed by Eduard. That means that they are as perfect as decals can be. The colors are perfectly in register. The decals are very thin and quite colorful.

The sheet covers SIXTEEN aircraft covering every version from the G-2 to the G-14. It also covers German, Italian, Finnish, Hungarian, Rumanian, and Swiss and aces like Hartmann, Barkhorn, Baer, Trautloft, Schroer and Gabler. The colors range from Natural Metal finish to the standard 74/75/76 to Desert colors of 78/79 as well as the beautiful greens of JG-54.

Bottom line there is something for everyone here. Having used these decals