Eduard – Bf 109E ROYAL CLASS 1/48

Bf 109E ROYAL CLASS 1/48 – Eduard

First Look

The Messerschmitt Bf 109, often called Me 109, was a German World War II fighter aircraft designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Robert Lusser during the early to mid 1930s. It was one of the first truly modern fighters of the era, including such features as all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, a retractable landing gear, and was powered by a liquid-cooled, inverted-V12 aero engine.
The Bf 109 first saw operational service during the Spanish Civil War and was still in service at the dawn of the jet age at the end of World War II, during which time it was the backbone of the Luftwaffe’s fighter force. From the end of 1941 the Bf 109 was supplemented by the Focke-Wulf Fw 190.
Originally conceived as an interceptor, later models were developed to fulfill multiple tasks, serving as bomber escort, fighter-bomber, day-, night-, all-weather fighter, ground-attack aircraft, and as reconnaissance aircraft. It was supplied to and operated by several states during World War II, and served with several countries for many years after the war. The Bf 109 was the most produced fighter aircraft in history, with a total of 33,984 units produced from 1936 up to April 1945.
The Bf 109 was flown by the three top-scoring German fighter aces of World War II, who claimed 928 victories among them while flying with Jagdgeschwader 52, mainly on the Eastern Front, as well as by Hans-Joachim Marseille, the highest scoring German ace in the North African Campaign. It was also flown by several other successful aces from Germany’s allies, notably Finland, including the highest scoring non-German ace Ilmari Juutilainen, and pilots from Romania, Croatia and Hungary. Through constant development, the Bf 109 remained competitive with the latest Allied fighter aircraft until the end of the war.

The kit

Eduard has released a new kit in their Royal Class Line. Indeed, this is a Royal release.
On arriving the first thing you will do is tear the cardboard box open in wich you will find a big black glossy box… oh boy….. should I open this? Should I wait for a few days to give my bloodpressure a chance to chill? Nope, bite the bullet and lift the cover.

In the box we find the material for 2 Bf 109′s. You have the options of building several versions – E1, E3, E4 and E7. Also included is is a dashboard of a BF109 in scale 1/4.

You will find severable sealable plastic bags containing one or more sprues, a sealable bag with all the PE, two small bags with Brassin wheels, 3 extensive decalsheets printed by Cartograph, a sheet with canopymasks and last but not least, a nice shiny mug from Eduard. It is a rather nice brushed stainless steel hollow insulated mug, and has the cover artwork and Eduard’s logo etched into the surface on the right-handed drinker’s side, and an aircraft data plate on the other, with the type, Eduard’s Werk-Nr.

The sprues


Sprue A - Containing the major parts for the fuselage


Sprue B - Containing parts for the upper and lower wings


Sprue C - Containing the parst for the upper and lower wings

Sprue B will only be used if you are planning to build version A


Sprue D - Parts for landing gear, wing detail and extra detailing


Sprue E - Parts for the engine and other details


Sprue F and G - Parts for the canopy


PE part1 - parts for the inside of the cockpit – on the left side you will find the stencils for the dash in 1/4.


PE part 2 - parts for the armament and cockpit


PE part 3 - All the details for the engine and exterior. 2 Sheets are included.


Brassin accessories - 2 sets are included



Decals - 2 sheets of decals are provided wich gives you the option to build 2 of the 12 versions supllied.


E-1 6./JG26, Summer 1939

E-3, W.Nr.5057 flown by Oblt. Josef Priller CO of 6./JG51, France, late 1940

E-3 Flown by Hptm. Dr. Erich Mix, Stab I./JG53 Wiesbaden-Erbenheim, November 1939

E-3 W.Nr. 2486 Flown by Lt. Ioan Di Cesare, Escadrila 57, Grupul 7 Vanatoare, Karpovka-Stalingrad airfield, Soviet Union, November 1942

E-3 Flown by Hptm. Werner Molders, CO of III./JG53, May 1940

E-4 W.Nr. 1480 Flown by Oblt. Franz von Werra, Wierre-au-bois, France, September 2nd 1940

E-4 W.Nr. 5819, Obstlt. Adolf Galland, CO of JG26, Audembert, France, December 1940

E-4B W.Nr. 3605 Flown by Ofw. Reinhold Schmetzer, 8./LG77, Soviet Union, July 20th,

E-7, III./ZG1, Belgorad & Kuteinkovo airfield, Soviet Union, May to August 1942

E-7, III./JG77 Belgrad-Semlin airfield, Yugoslavia, May 1941

E-7 Trop, 2./JG27, Ain-el-Gazala airfield, Libya 1941

E-7 Trop, 2./JG27, Ain-el-Gazala airfield, Libya 1941



Some detail of the parts.

The quality of the moulding is, as we know from Eduard, excellent with crisp detail, no flash and no sinckmarks on visible places after the build. Seams are always present in the moulds but these are so thin that this isn’t any problem removing them. Dryfitting some of the pieces, fuselage, wings revealed no problems. Fit is perfect.
The instructionleaflet is of the usual high standard. Before starting the build, read them carefully. You will have to decide wich aircraft you are going to build before cutting some parts.

Bf 109 Dashboard with Revi 12C gunsight – scale 1/4

The instrument panel included in the kit consists of three sprues, a decalsheet and 2PE sets.


Sprue A


Sprue B


Sprue C



PE sets


Decalsheet

Construction of this panel is straightforward with great detail. Decals and PE parts (stencils) are of high quality. When constructed this will be real eyecatcher on every desk/show wich you will attend in the near future.

Overall Conclusion

This is a top release from Eduard, quality of the highest standard. Although this is a very detailed kit(s) even a novice modeller who will takes his time for this beauty should get a perfect result from this release.

A full build off two Bf 109′s and the dashboard will be started soon here. With all the pro’s and cons (if there are any…)

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

EXTRA – THE “MUG”

Included is a metal coffee thermocup with engraved artwork of Bf 109E. The WWII style manufacture plate on reverse side contains a limited edition unique numbering.

Let’s see some “mug” shots with my all time strong coffee in it!

Many thanks to Eduard for providing this review sample

About edi

I have been building model kits since the early 80’s starting with Heller kits - mostly aircraft. After 15 years break, I back to modelling but now building predominantly armour and softskin kits in 1/35 scale from all countries and time periods. ATM my occupation are rusted vehicles...and new techniques.