Bf-109F-2 Weekend Edition
The Eduard Bf-109F/G series of models are really nice kits. It is nice that Eduard provides a variety of cost options should you want to build one on a budget. The Weekend releases are a bargain, especially if you build it out of the box. Each release has two marking options.
Their latest release is the Weekend Edition Bf-109F-2. It comes with decal for two aircraft, one from JG-2 and from JG-54. Both are quite colorful and choosing which to build will be the difficult part. I elected for the JG-2 machine.
The model comes in a sturdy cardboard box with a colorful top opening cover with profiles of the subject aircraft. The box is about half as deep as the ProfiPack boxing. Inside the box are an instruction booklet with the appropriate parts breakdown. You also get two decal sheets one with the markings and the other is a stencil sheet. These are printed by Eduard and are in perfect register as well as being suitably thin.
The plastic parts are contained on four light grey sprues. Two of them are the standard parts for the F/G series, Sprues H and I. The other two are the wings and fuselage pieces which are peculiar to the F. There is a clear sprue as well with the canopy parts and gunsight.
The fit of the kit is the same as all the other Eduard Bf-109s, exceptionally good. There are places where you’ll need to do some work, such as the wing to fuselage join on the belly, which is not on a natural panel line, but nothing difficult. I recommend that you deepen some of the panel fasteners BEFORE you sand there. Some are pretty shallow and will disappear while you are sanding. Also don’t forget to scribe/lengthen the panel line that is on the wings to the fuselage first panel line. The rest of the fit kit is first rate.
I used the photoetch set designed for the kit as it adds quite a bit of noticeable detail, most notably, the seatbelts and shoulder harness add a lot of visual interest in the cockpit. The pre-painted instrument panel is quite nice as well. Again these are from the Zoom set for the Weekend kit and not included.
About the only thing that I would have liked to do better is the boundary layer part on the inside flap. The kit comes with nice flaps but the Friedrich had an inner sheet metal boundary layer built into the top inboard flap. It’s not on the kit parts. There are photoetch pieces for it on the separate photoetch set for the F models but I didn’t purchase it. Only the most ardent 109 fan will even notice.
Everything else goes together beautifully. The final product is impressive. I love the rivet detail and the model overall. I painted mine with Mr. Paint RLM 74/75/76. The decals performed flawlessly. Between them and the yellow forward cowling this is quite a colorful Friedrich.
If you are looking for a quick build this is just what the doctor ordered. It is simple but quite beautiful.
Another winner from Eduard. Is it perfect? No, but I don’t know of many models that are. This is a close to a perfect Bf-109F as you’re likely to find. The Bf-109F series from Eduard are the easiest to build of all their round wing tipped 109s. I enjoy building all of Eduard Bf-109 kits and I’ll be building more of them in the future. That is the best recommendation I can give a model.
Thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the review item. You can obtain yours by contacting Eduard at www.eduard.comor your local hobby shop or online retailer.