Messerschmitt Bf-109F Wheel Bay

Published: April 19th, 2011     
Parts in kitset
Parts in kitset
Reviewed by: 
Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 6266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models
Price: $15.50
Product / Stock #: 2139

I love the Hasegawa Bf-109s and the newest Bf-109F-4/Trop is no exception. One of the areas of the kits that could be better is the wheel well. As provided the kit wheel wells have the G-6 kidney shaped areas which obviously isn't correct for the Friedrich. Aires provides you with the correct wheel wells by providing you with two pieces of light grey blemish free resin and a fret of photo etch.

This set requires that you remove the molded on wheel well and thin the upper wing. Then Aires replaces it with the resin one with the photoetch on top of it. The resin wheel wells have superb detail inside, including the zip in liner. The photo etch will require you to build it up in layers for the proper thickness of the stiffeners but this is easy enough to do.

Although designed for the Hasegawa kit you could easily use this set on a Trumpeter or 21stCentury kits. This set is relatively simple yet highly detailed. It will certainly add to the look of your 109 F or early G.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Aires Hobby Models and IPMS/USA for the review copy.

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