Messerschmitt Bf 108 B
Eduard, 1/48 scale
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||Eduard Kit No. 8054 - Messerschmitt Bf 108 B Taifun ProfiPACK
|Contents and Media:
||87 parts in khaki coloured styrene; two parts in clear injected styrene; colour photo-etched fret; one sheet of masks for canopy and wheels; decals for five aircraft
USD$29.95 plus shipping,
available online from Eduard
||Perfect moulding and crisp, flawless engraved surface detail; nicely detailed cockpit including options for instruments and auxiliary fuel tanks; full engine and mounts supplied; parts for Bf 108D also included (but not mentioned in the instructions); new colour etched details
||A high quality kit that is further enhanced with new colour photo-etched parts and five marking options.
Reviewed by Mick Evans
Eduard's 1/48 scale Bf 108 is available online from Squadron.com
Eduard continues with its 1/48 scale Profipack kits which are Eduard’s standard kits but augmented by including etched metal parts, canopy masks or metal nose weights. Eduard produced the Messerschmitt Bf 108B a few years ago and the standard kit was reviewed by Brett Green in 2002, who also built the kit. Eduard followed this up with a Profipack kit with etched metal and photo negative instrument panel, and canopy masks.
This new kit contains all the standard sprues that are included in all of the Eduard Bf 108B kits and with these being covered in Brett’s earlier review I will not detail these here.
The new addition to this kit is the very nice coloured etched metal set and a new decals sheet for 5 options of colour scheme.
The etched metal set has a very nice coloured instrument panel and overhead console panel finished in RLM 02 with the details picked out in the appropriate colours. The main panel is made up of two wafers with the rear wafer containing very detailed instrument dial details in the appropriate colours. Other coloured etched parts include the various knobs, levers and trim wheels, and the seat harness’s and belts.
Having built the earlier Eduard Bf 108B Profi Pack kit in about 2005 I can comment on the build of the kit. The build is relatively easy and the fit is excellent. My only beef is the fiddly build of the engine which cannot be seen once the kit is complete. The basic cockpit contains a high level of detail which looks good under the crystal clear large canopy transparencies but which the additional colour etched detail the cockpit should look superb.
An optional rudder is provided for different variants depicted in the colour schemes.
The five colour options provided for this kit are as follows:
Messerschmitt Bf 108B Taifun of Yugoslavian Air Force. This aircraft was one of twelve delivered before the contract was cancelled by Germany and was used as a training and transport aircraft based at Kraljevo in 1940. The aircraft is finished in Dark Green, Dark Brown and Tan upper surfaces, and light Grey under surfaces. The propeller spinner was painted white and red. The colours were probably RLM colours exported from Germany.
Messerschmitt Bf 108B Taifun KG+EM of Sonderkakommando Blaich of the Luftwaffe based in Libya in 1942. The aircraft is finished in the tropical scheme of RLM 79 Sandgelb with RLM 80 Olivgrun splotches on the upper surfaces, and RLM 76 lichtblau under surfaces. The propeller spinner was painted RLM 79.
Messerschmitt Bf 108B Taifun 4E+RM of 4.(H)/Aufkl of the Luftwaffe based in Rumania in 1940. The aircraft is finished in the splinter scheme of RLM 71 Dunkelgrun and RLM 70 Schwarzgrun on the upper surfaces, and RLM 76 lichtblau under surfaces. The propeller spinner was painted RLM 70 and white. The entire nose, elevators and rudder were painted in RLM 04 yellow.
Messerschmitt Bf 108B Taifun RC+YZ of Luftflotte 4 of the Luftwaffe based on the eastern front in 1941. The aircraft is finished in the splinter scheme of RLM 71 Dunkelgrun and RLM 70 Schwarzgrun on the upper surfaces, and RLM 76 lichtblau under surfaces. The propeller spinner was painted RLM 70. The fuselage has an RLM 04 yellow band.
Messerschmitt Bf 108B Taifun TI+EY of I.JG27 of the Luftwaffe based in Innsbruck in 1941. The aircraft is finished in the splinter scheme of RLM 71 Dunkelgrun and RLM 70 Schwarzgrun on the upper surfaces, and RLM 76 lichtblau under surfaces. The propeller spinner was painted RLM 70 and black.
Thanks to Eduard for the sample
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