Adlerangriff Alte HasenMesserschmitt Bf 109 E-3/4
Eduard, 1/48 & 1/32 scales
Reviewed by Graham Carter
I am reviewing these two sets together as they are identical except for the scale. These two sheets are designed for the Eduard kits of the Bf109 E-3/4 but will presumably fit any kit of this popular subject. Packaged in a resealable clear envelope with a card insert to protect the sheets from damage, the subjects are beautifully printed with excellent colour density and register. They have a gloss finish and very little carrier film. On the review sample both full and split up swastikas are provide but I presume the full ones will be cut off for sale in countries where these are verboten.
There are five subjects on these sheets and, as the title suggests , these are the rising stars of the aerial conflict during latter half of 1940 over France. Three of the subjects have yellow noses while the two earlier choices do not. The 1/32 subjects are spread across two sheets . The subjects are :
Bf109 E-3 of Hptm. Horst Tietzen CO of 5./JG51, in July,
Bf109 E-4 of Hptm. Hans-Karl Mayer CO of 1./JG53, in August,
Bf109 E-4/B of Oblt. Hans-Ekkehard Bob CO of 7./JG54, in September,
Bf109 E-4 WNr 5582 of Hptm. Rolf Pingel CO of 1./JG26, in November, and
Bf109 E-4 of Hptm. Hans Hahn CO of III./JG2, in November
The aircraft of Hptm Mayer is intriguing with its fuselage painted in shades of the upper scheme , but these are shown as different from the same shades elsewhere on the plane and the upper camouflage is not a splinter pattern either.
Sufficient crosses and swastikas are provided for three choices to be completed from the 1/48 sheet and for two from the 1/32 sheet. obviously, by using the kit or other generic sources for these items, then all subjects can be built. Decal instructions are to Eduard’s excellent standard with each subject covered by an A5 four-view colour drawing with colours named and numbered for MMP, C and H. All planes have the contemporary scheme of RLM 71/02 over 65 with a high demarcation but varied application of mottles to cover much of the lower fuselage sides. The cover of the 1/32 sheet is included to show that it covers identical subjects.
This is a quality set of decals which will enable to modeller to produce models of some very interesting Bf 109s from the early year of the aerial conflict over France.
Thanks to Eduard for the sample.
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