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Monday, October 19, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020

Eduard Bf 109E-3 Profipack 1/48

  • Product Name : Bf 109E-3 Profipack 1/48
  • Product Number : 8262
  • Manufacturer : Eduard

Quality of Packaging:-

Quality of Materials:-

Quality of Instructions:-

Quality of Decals:-

Overall Rating:-

Introduction

In late 1938, the Bf 109E entered production. To improve on the performance afforded by the 441–515 kW (600–700 PS) Jumo 210, the larger, longer Daimler-Benz DB 601A engine was used, yielding an extra 223 kW (300 PS) at the cost of an additional 181 kg (400 lb). A much bigger cooling area was needed to disperse the extra heat generated by the DB 601, and this led to the first major redesign of the basic airframe. Enlarging the existing nose-mounted radiator sufficiently to cool the engine would have created extra weight and drag, negating some of the performance gains afforded by the increased power, so it was decided to move the main radiators to the undersurfaces of the wings immediately outboard of the junction of the wing root and wing panel, just forward of the trailing edges’ inner ends, leaving the oil cooler under the nose in a small, streamlined duct. The new radiator position also had the effect of counterbalancing the extra weight and length of the DB 601, which drove a heavier three-bladed Vereinigte Deutsche Metallwerke (VDM)-made propeller.

To improve the performance of the Bf 109E, the last two real prototypes (V16 and V17) were constructed. These received some structural improvements and more powerful armament. Both were the basis of the Bf 109 E-3 version. The E-3 was armed with the two MG 17s above the engine and one MG FF cannon in each wing. A total of 1,276 E-3 were built, including 83 E-3a export versions. Source Wikipedia

First Look

  • 4 sprues of grey plastic parts.
  • 1 sprue of clear parts.
  • 1 Pre painted photo etch.
  • 1 Unpainted photo etch.
  • 1 set of kabuki masks for painting.
  • 1 decal sheet for 5 different airctaft.
  • 1 decal sheet with stencil data.

Sprues

The four main sprues come in the now more familiar grey plastic that Eduard mould in rather than the previous tan. All are marked with the sprue letter and are finely moulded with no evidence of flash on my example.

Sprue A

Comprises mainly of the 2 fuselage halves, engine cowling with crisp panel lines and finely detailed rivets. The inside of the two fuselage halves include some detail on on the sidewalls for the cockpit. Any marks from the moulding process are happily in areas that will not be seen when the fuselage halves are joined.

Sprue C

Comprising of three parts to make the wings with the lower wing as a single piece which will help ensure that the dihedral remains correct when fitted to the fuselage. Details for the wheel wells are moulded on the upper wing halves. Again the panel lines and rivets are clear but refined in my opinion. No evidence of any ejection marks on the moulding.

Sprue D

Contains a lot of the external details including elevators, flaps and rudder as well as the undercarriage components. Again the quality of Eduard’s moulding process is apparent from the very fine and visible details whilst lacking in any flash or marks that would be visible once the build has been completed.

Sprue E

Includes parts for the cockpit, propellor and engine. The engine is of particular note in being a lot more detailed than would normally be provided in a kit (if at all) of this price. Whilst the Brassin aftermarket option will be desirable for some modellers, the kit provided engine will be good enough to display visible and provide plenty of options for the people who like to add the extra details themselves. Cockpit details are crisp and show that this kit can deliver a good cockpit for those who prefer to avoid using all the photo etch options or choose to buy the weekend edition.

Sprue F

Comprising of six clear parts three of which are for the canopy and a gun sight. The remaining parts are marked as not for use in the instructions. All are very crisply moulded and very clear with no signs of distortion.

Photo Etch

The pre painted fret is comprised of parts for the instrument panels in the familiar Eduard sandwich solution to provide depth to the panels plus the small finer switches that will need attaching delicately prior to closing the two fuselage halves. It also includes the etch for the seatbelts.

The unpainted fret includes some cockpit parts including the rudder pedals. The remainder are for external use for areas including oil coolers and aerial attachment points.

 

 

Decals

Comprising of two sheets decals are crisp and paper in register.

The stencil sheet provides enough markings for two aircraft options.

Whilst the main sheets provides the marking for the 5 schemes in the instructions.

The following schemes are provided in the instructions with clear and color instructions and colour callouts for the paint schemes provided in both the original RLM colors and GSI Mr Hobby paint colours. Schemes included in this kit are:

  • ‘Yellow 15’, flown by Uffz. Karl Wolff of 3./JG 52, based at Pihen/Calais, France, August 1940.
  • ‘Yellow 1’, flown by Oblt. Josef Priller, commander of 6./JG 51, based in France, Autumn 1940.
  • ‘< – + –’, flown by Obstlt. Hans-Hugo Witt, Geschwaderkommodore JG 26, based at Dortmund, Germany, April 1940.
  • ‘White 7’ of 1./JG 2, based at Bassenheim, Germany, May 1940.
  • ‘Yellow 3’ of 3./JG 51, based at Mannheim-Sandhofen, Germany, Winter 1939-40.

 

 

 

 

 

A finely detailed kit comprising of surpassingly few parts this should make into a fine model providing enough detail to satisfy most modellers, whilst providing plenty of options for those who want to provide more detail through aftermarket parts or detailing themselves.

Panel lines and rivets aren’t always to everyones taste.

Conclusion

Another fine kit as we have come to expect from Eduard. The standard is excellent and will provide an excellent model without being an overly complex build. I would happily recommend this kit to anyone interested in the Bf109.

 

 

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