Published on
February 2, 2011
Review Author(s)
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$20.00
Product / Stock #
4486
Base Kit
Aimed at the Academy G-14
Company: Aires Hobby Models - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Aires Hobby Models - Website: Visit Site

Anyone who knows me knows I love the Bf-109 so when given the opportunity to review this set I jumped. Aimed at the Academy G-14 this is molded in light grey and clear resin, the cockpit set consists of ten grey resin pieces, one clear resin piece, a fret of PE and a clear acetate film. The level of detail is exquisite.

The resin side walls contain some of the best looking detail I’ve ever seen in a 109 cockpit. The modeler will have to do very little to get a great looking cockpit. Simply adding some PE parts and a good paint job would make this a good first upgrade for someone breaking into the aftermarket for the first time. One unique thing is the inclusion of a clear resin piece for the head armor. This ensures that the thickness of the armor panel is quite appropriately thick. Simply add a piece of PE to the top of it and the look is complete.

The rest of the parts breakdown is very logical. The instrument panel is a three piece affair incorporating a resin background, clear acetate film and a PE front. This makes for quite a nice looking instrument panel. Also included is the back panel behind the pilot which is quite visible. The whole cockpit is simply superb. I think the entire cockpit is a gem.

The parts breakdown may work for other 109 kits, such as the Hasegawa, but this set will dramatically improve your Academy 109.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review copy

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