Bf-109G-6 Radio Compartment

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Scale
1/48
MSRP
$14.95
Product / Stock #
648 239
Base Kit
Eduard
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One feature of the Bf-109 is the easy access of the radio compartment in the rear fuselage. This feature is easily replicated on Eduard’s new Bf-109G-6 thanks to this Brassin set.

The Brassin set consists of six pieces of light grey resin perfectly molded. The bigger pieces are the two sidewalls. Removal from the resin pour stubs is easy enough, except for the radio mount which is very fragile. Care will be required on this piece.

As an Eduard set it would be incomplete without a fret of photo etch. This one on nickel plated metal has five pieces of pre-painted parts. Removal is easy enough from the fret. Interestingly, Eduard seems to have forgotten to add the latches on the outside of the access hatch. I used a beading tool to impart the latches. Not a big deal but just a little oversight on Eduard’s part. The panel can easily be placed with the outside down as the inside has some beautiful detail.

To start the conversion, I chain drilled the left fuselage hatch and cleaned up the resultant hole with files and sanding sticks. This would be detailed with the photo etch frame. I used my Small Tool Company Photo Etch Deluxe Rolling Set to impart a slight bend to the frame and the hatch itself. This is essential to get a good fit. The Eduard’s fuselage is indexed to accept the new resin inserts so positioning the parts is easy to get the resin inserts to be ‘locked’ in.

The parts all fit well enough. It is important to check that the two sides close properly so that the fuselage will fit when put together. I did have to trim up the radio mount to get mine to shut, nothing drastic just a swipe with a sanding stick. The radio rack at the front of the compartment fits perfectly

Painting is easy enough with most of the parts painted in either RLM 02 or RLM 66. There is also the option of painting the interior of the fuselage parts in aluminum with some parts in RLM 02 as was common late in the war. I elected to go with the overall RLM 02.

The PE parts add detail to the compartment and radios. You will have to bend the two parts to get them to touch the terminals on the radio. Nothing dramatic. You could use wire instead of the PE but that is up to you.

One thing not included but that should be added are the control cables for the rudder and elevators. I used some EZ Line to make these cables. These were added with just a touch of superglue. Now that I’m looking at them they are hardly visible but I know they are there.

Once done and set the set is nice but difficult to see. Although the visual interest added by the set is quite nice.

Overall this is an impressive set. It does add visual interest to the model and is relatively easy to assemble. The hardest part is to remove the horizontal radio rack from the pour stub. Don’t forget to slightly bend the framework and access hatch, this will make the conversion fit perfectly. You may want to add the control cables but I don’t think this is a negative comment. Careful painting adds an extra dimension of detail to my compartment and model.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain your copy by contacting Eduard at https://www.eduard.com or at your local hobby shop or online retailer.

Reviewer Bio

Floyd S. Werner Jr.

Building models since the age of 7, I’ve become known for my Bf-109s and helicopters. I currently run Werner’s Wings. I was previously the ‘star’ of the Master Class Model Building Video series. I’ve been published numerous times on various website, including Hyperscale and ARC. My work has been in FSM and Great Scale Modeling 2001, as well as, numerous other model magazines. I’m a published author with my Squadron/Signal Walkaround book on the Kiowa Warrior. My models have continuously won many regional and national awards. My unique model photography gives my models instant recognition for their historical perspective.

I’m a retired from the Army after 21 years of flying Cobras and Kiowa Warriors, including tours in Iraq, Bosnia, Korea, and Germany. I’m also a retired Flight Officer for the Baltimore City Police and flew their helicopters chasing bad guys. I’m currently flying Cobras and Hueys with the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation.

I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart, Yvonne, for 42 years. Our daughters have blessed us with six grandchildren. My passions continue to be his family, friends, helicopters, models and airplanes, especially the Bf-109 and my beloved AH-1 Cobra. My motto has always been - MODELING IS FUN!

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