Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10
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|Contents and Media:
||243 parts in light grey and clear
injection molded plastic; metal shafts for ailerons and flaps; rubber tyres
and ignition harness; photo-etched parts for control surface hinges; 2 x
springs; markings for two
||Quick Look and dry fit of fuselage
and engine cowling
||Accurate outline compared to
respected drawings; two sets of fuselage halves supplied (option of clear
or grey styrene); constant and crisply engraved panel lines; restrained
flush rivet detail; good quality mouldings; nice attention to detail;
workable control surfaces; nicely detailed engine and cockpit parts;
||Galland Panzer does not have the
glass panel, no short tail wheel, 660x160 wheels or small wing bumps for
alternate versions of G-10; port side engine cowling lacking in
by Ashley Lamb
scale Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10 may be ordered online from Squadron.com
Trumpeter has released a 1/24 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10
shortly after their G-2 and G-6 versions. As this kit has many parts in common
parts with the G-6 early version already reviewed on HyperScale by Brett
Green, this review will focus the new parts included.
The fuselage halves are a complete new tooling and now also
include ribbing on the inside of the fuselage.The Tail fin and rudder match
scale drawings in outline but unfortunately there is no airfoil shape or fin
offset like the real aircraft.
The fuselage and engine cowling were assembled as a dry run.
These parts fit together very well with the only gaps being the
fronts of the chin bulges.
Trumpeter has gotten the shape of the starboard cowling pretty
right but the port side appears too flat and streamlined.
Readers are invited to examine photos on 'The 109 Lair"
These show that the lower engine support has a large spacer to clear the larger
diameter super charger. This results in the cowling needing a kink on the lower
edge to clear the tubular support
inside of cowling
The kit does not have the kink along the lower edge or the bulge in front of the
supercharger intake to clear the engine support spacer bracket.Hasegawa have
these kinks and bulges on their 1/48 K4.
The diameter of the intake hole is right but the cover needs
beefed up to give if a more voluptuous shape.
Compare the kit part to
Supercharger intake side view
Upper Wing Fairings
Trumpeter have included the larger 660x190 main wheels and the
appropriate rectangular wing fairings, these seem quite accurate. A fair balance
of G-10s had 660x160 wheels and small tear drop wing bumps. It seems a pity
these weren't included in the kit as well, along with a short tail wheel.
The broader propeller blades are nicely made and capture proper appearance well.
The supercharger is a new moulding but strangely is the same diameter as the G-6
kit ! The starboard engine support should be the same as the G6 kit without the
curve the port side has.A MK 108 is included but the breach block cover is for a
Decal sheet is nicely printed by "Aeromaster" with options of an
aircraft from JG3 or JG4.
Two Erla-Haube canopies are included. When mounted on the
fuselage the shape of the main canopy looks a little strange - the top surface
seems too flat. Compare the kit canopy to this image:
Trumpeters Bf 109Gs are a very welcome addition to 1/24 scale.
It has been a long wait - thirty two years have passed since Airfix released the
Trumpeter have got the "essentials" right with overall scale
dimensions and shapes of the fuselage and wings. There was plenty of potential
to stuff up here a la Occidental Spitfire IX or the recent 1/48 Fujimi
The errors and omissions in the kit are not serious and the
reviewer is certainly happy with his purchase.
Green B.T. "Augsburg's Last Eagles
Colours, Markings and Variants" Eagle Editions, 2000.
Patterson D and Dick R Messerschmitt
Bf109 Airlife ,1997.
Prien J and Rodeike P Messerschmitt
Bf109 F,G, & K Series,Schiffer 1993
MB Publishing "Aero Detail 5 Bf 109
Seay T "Bf 109 G & K Scale Drawings"
Self published 1978.
Altering the Trumpeter kit engine cowling and supercharger will
be covered in a separate article around January, 2004.
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Page Created 17 December, 2003
Last updated 12 August, 2004
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