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Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3
ProfiPACK

Eduard, 1/48 scale

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number:

Eduard Kit No.8262 – Bf 109 E-3 Profipack

Scale

1/48

Contents and Media

151 grey coloured plastic parts; 6 clear plastic parts; one pre-painted photo-etched fret; one nickel plated photo-etched fret; pre-cut canopy masks; decal sheet containing markings for five aircraft; one decal sheet containing enough stencils for two models.

Price

USD$39.95 plus shipping available online from Eduard’s website

and specialist hobby retailers worldwide

Review Type

Second Look!

Advantages

Very high level of detail including engine; restrained and impressive surface features; separate control surfaces including flaps and leading edge slats; colour photo-etched parts; excellent quality decals with colourful options.

Disadvantages

 

Conclusion

Still a great 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3!


Reviewed by Brett Green


Eduard's 1/48 scale Bf 109 E-3 is available on sale from Squadron.com for only $21.99!

Introduction

 

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 A, B, C and D were powered by the Junkers Jumo engine. The Spanish Civil War presented the opportunity to test these revolutionary fighters in action, and they proved their worth in combat with Legion Condor over the skies of Spain. 

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 E series was the first of the family to be fitted with the Daimler Benz DB601A engine, resulting in a significant improvement in performance. 

 

 

Two variants were manufactured in parallel - the lightweight Bf 109 E-1 which retained the wing-mounted 7.9 mm machine guns of the earlier Bf 109 B, C and D; and the Bf 109 E-3 which was fitted with one 20 mm MG FF cannon in each wing. Both variants featured two additional 7.92 mm machine guns in the cowl.


 

 

FirstLook


 
Eduard released this kit in early 2013 after their Bf 109 E-1 kit and Royal Class package were released in the previous year.

I reviewed the Bf 109 E-1 at the time, and Brad Fallen examined the Bf 109 E-3.

I also built the Bf 109 E-3 ProfiPACK kit, which is substantially similar to the E-3 kit. It was a straightforward build with excellent fit, and I expect that this one will be too.

This package is essentially the same as the original release including the five marking options. The only change is the colour of the plastic, which is grey this time instead of olive colour. I know that it makes no difference to the build, but personally I prefer the new grey plastic.

To recap, Eduard's 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 comprises 151 grey coloured plastic parts; 6 clear plastic parts; one pre-painted photo-etched fret; one nickel plated photo-etched fret; pre-cut canopy masks; decal sheet containing markings for five aircraft; one decal sheet containing enough stencils for two models.

 

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Eduard has been setting new standards in surface detail for some time now, and this 2013 release benefits from their typical crispness, subtlety and variety. Finely recessed panel lines are supplemented with even finer rows of rivets. These are barely visible at some angles, and are consistent over the whole airframe. Very nice indeed. 

 

 

Control surfaces feature raised fabric strips and stitching. 

 

 

Lighting and enlargement seems to exaggerate the effect, but they look great on the sprues. Even so, if the fabric sag is too much for your personal taste, it will be a simple matter to fill the recesses with Mr Surfacer, or to sand down the raised ribs.

Detail is excellent. The plastic cockpit parts are combined with colour and nickel-plated photo-etch to deliver an authentic front office. Colour photo-etched parts include the instrument panel sandwich, fuse panel and harness straps. 

 

 

A full engine is supplied, but displaying it on the finished kit is optional. Unlike the 1/32 scale kit, the basic engine parts need to be fitted even if the cowling will be glued shut. The engine block mounts the exhausts and propeller, but the cowling will fit over the top if you follow the instructions properly. In some ways this is actually a better idea, as the engine block is still visible through the front cooling slots of the closed engine cowl.

The engine and cowl guns look good. Individual exhaust stubs are provided. These are hollow at the end and have raised weld seams down the middle - don't sand these off!

The cowl itself is supplied in four pieces - the main upper cowl, two rear side cowl panels and the gun deck. 

All control surfaces are separate - the flaps, leading edge slats, ailerons, elevators and rudder. The rudder actuator is provided in photo-etched metal. Flaps are moulded with tabs that will pose them dropped without modification, but it will be very easy to slice off the tabs and reposition if desired.

The oil cooler and wing radiator front and rear faces are all supplied as photo-etched grilles.

Wheel wells are boxed in thanks to a single part in each side that incorporates the gear leg and main wheel bay linings.

The main wheels look fantastic, each featuring a two-piece hub and separate tyres.

The early style canopy with the low horizontal framing is provided as three separate parts. External armoured glass for the windscreen is also included. Although it is not used on any of the kit's marking options, this was sometimes retrofitted to Bf 109 E-1 and E-3s. The final clear part is the gun sight.

 

 

All the transparent parts are thin and free from distortion.

The self-adhesive canopy masks are a time-saving touch.


 

Markings

The marking options are the same as the original release.

  1. U z. Karl Wol , 3./JG 52, Pihen/Calais, France, August 1940

  2. Oblt. Josef Priller, CO of 6./JG 51, France, Autumn 1940

  3. Obstlt. Hans-Hugo Witt, CO of JG 26, Dortmund, Germany, April 1940

  4. 1./JG 2, Bassenheim, Germany, May 1940

  5. 3./JG 51, Mannheim-Sandhofen, Winter 1939-1940

 

 

Stencil decals are supplied on a separate sheet printed by Eduard. Sufficient decals for two aircraft are included.

 

 

This time around, both decal sheets are printed by Eduard and are flat in finish.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

Eduard's latest Emil re-release is still a great 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3!

Thanks to Eduard for the sample


Review Text & Images Copyright 2018 by Brett Green
Page Created 24 January, 2018
Last updated 24 January, 2018

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