Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-5
Eduard ProfiPACK, 1/48 scale
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||Eduard Kit No. 82112 - Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-5 ProfiPACK
|Contents and Media:
||186 parts in grey coloured plastic (including more than 70 marked not for use); 14 parts in clear; colour photo-etched fret; self-adhesive die-cut masking sheet; markings for five aircraft
USD$49.95 plus shipping,
available online now from Eduard
GBP£28.30 (£23.58 Export Price) plus shipping available from Hannants
||Accurate; high level of detail; outstanding surface features including crisply recessed panels and subtle rivet lines where appropriate; includes colour photo-etched parts; separate control surfaces; many useful options including framed and Erla canopies (three styles of Erla hoods), standard and tall tail, long and short tail wheel, battery-box cover, under wing cannon gondola, alterative propeller blades, tyres, hubs and oil cooler housings, aerial masts, bomb racks, trop filter and supercharger intakes (some parts not applicable for this kit); high quality decals; includes die-cut canopy masks.
||Eduard's 1/48 scale Bf 109 G-5 is a logical addition to their re-tooled Gustav family. This is a great kit that adds five attractive new marking options specific to this pressurised version. Highly Recommended.
Reviewed by Brett Green
Eduard's 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-5 will be available online from Squadron.com
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-5 was the high-altitude pressurised version of the G-6.
The G-5 could be distinguished by the small bulge covering the compressor at the bottom right hand side of the starboard cowl cannon bulge. The G-5 canopy also featured circular dessicant capsules attached to the canopy.
A total of 475 Bf 109 G-5s were produced between May 1943 and August 1944.
Eduard's Bf 109 G-5 ProfiPACK comprises 186 parts in grey plastic, 14 parts in clear, a coloured photo-etch fret, self-adhesive canopy masks and markings for five aircraft. More than 70 of the parts are marked “not for use”, and there are a few optional parts too, so the actual number of parts used is quite modest.
As far as I can tell, the plastic parts in this kit are identical to those in the recent Bf 109 G-6 kit. This is a good thing!
For more detail on the differences between these re-tooled kits and the original releases from 2014, please see my review of the Bf 109 G-6, Kit No. 82111.
In 2013, Eduard’s Spitfire family set a new benchmark for 1/48 scale surface detail, and their re-tooled G5 (and G-6) kits are equally impressive in this regard. Panel lines are very crisp, fine and even. Lines of rivets are present, but they are incredibly subtle. The rivet lines seem to accurately follow the pattern applied to the full-sized aircraft too.
I was impressed to see that the small scoops on the nose are actually hollowed out - nice! Other raised surface features include the sealing strip between the mid-fuselage and the rear of the engine cowling.
The raised umbrella mounts are moulded under the port side of the cockpit. These should be sliced off if your subject is not a tropical version.
Fabric matches this high standard, with strip and stitching texture beautifully presented on the control surfaces. If you look closely enough, you will even see the zig-zag pinking edges on the fabric strips.
Eduard combines plastic and colour photo-etched parts in their ProfiPACK, delivering a very high level of detail straight from the box. The cockpit benefits most from the dedicate G-5 photo-etch with a nice multi-layered instrument panel, coloured harness straps and other coloured details.
The inclusion of the clear fuel line is a nice touch too. The inspection tube may be masked so that it remains clear after painting.
The standard steel pilot’s head armour, the armoured glass “Galland Panzer” and a third pilot's armour plate for the pressurised cockpit with small triangular windows are provided as options for the canopy. Another nice detail touch is the inclusion of handholds on the inside corners of the windscreen.
The wheel wells are nicely detailed and are correctly concave thanks to the bulges moulded to the top of the wings.
Eduard depicts the wheel well sidewalls with the zippered canvas covers at the rear. The fabric texture looks good, and the zipper is represented by a raised line.
The exhausts are supplied in one piece for each side. The centreline weld beads are present, and each of the stacks are hollowed out at the end.
Propeller blades look to be a good shape, with nice pitch collar and hub detail. Two other styles are included. These appear to be for the Bf 109 F and early G versions.
Engineering and Options
The kit is broken down conventionally. The fuselage is full-length with the only inserts being the gun cowl deck and the top of the tail, allowing either the standard or the tall fin to be fitted. The lower cowl is moulded as part of the fuselage sides.
The cowling gun bulges and the supercharger intake fit into precisely recessed areas on the nose.
The mount for the DF loop (on the fuselage spine behind the canopy) is moulded to the port fuselage half. This is relevant to all five marking options.
The wings have been designed with the wheel bulges moulded in place, and correctly angled away from the chord (see reference photo below). The wing tips are moulded as part of the upper wing halves with solid navigation lights and the pitot tube moulded in place. Lower fuselage ejector chutes are moulded open on the bottom wing.
All control surfaces are separate, including leading edge slats, ailerons, flaps, elevators and rudder. The ramps at the leading edges of the radiator housings and the cooling flap at the back of the oil cooler are moulded shut. All the radiator faces are supplied as photo-etched parts.
Many options are offered on the sprues. Some of these relate to earlier Bf 109 G or F versions and do not apply, but others – even though they are marked “not for use” – might come in handy for the enterprising modeller.
Everything you need to build an early Bf 109 G-6 with the short tail, late Bf 109 G-6 with the tall tail or a Bf 109 G-14, is also included in the box. The tall tail and rudder, the small compressor bump under the starboard side gun bulge, Erla canopy, long tail wheel strut and the rear canopy bulkhead with the battery box housing are all there.
Check your references to see which of these features is present on your preferred subject – many different combinations are possible.
Other options include an ETC rack and two styles of 300 litre drop tank and various antennae.
The alternative propeller blades, oil cooler housing and wheels are for earlier versions.
Markings are supplied for five late-model Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6s:
Yellow 11, W.Nr. 27119, 9./JG 54, Ludwigslust Air Base, February 1944
Black Double Chevron, Maj. Walther Dahl, C.O of III./JG 3, Bad Worishofen, December 1943
White 12, W.Nr. 26082, 7./JG 11, Oldenburg Air Base, October 1943
White 1, 1./JG 300, Bonn-Hangelar Air Base, March 1944
Black 19 / White 2, 1./JG 300, Herzogenaurach Air Base, July 1944
The two decal sheets are perfectly printed in the Czech Republic. One sheet carries he national markings and unique numbers, chevrons, Gruppe markings, unit insignia and kill markings; while the other has a wide selection of generic stencil markings that will be suitable for mid-war to late-war subjects.
Printing, colours and registration is perfect on my sample.
Eduard's 1/48 scale Bf 109 G-5 is a logical addition to their re-tooled Gustav family. This is a great kit that adds five attractive new marking options specific to this pressurised version.
Thanks to Eduard for the sample
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