Hasegawa vs Academy Bf-109G-6
00916 and 1670
Three options per kit
solid one on one showdown
In an attempt to improve on the
Luftwaffe capabilities back in the 1930’s, Professor Willy Messerschmitt
developed the Bf109.
The proving ground for this agile aircraft was in
during the Spanish Civil War, where it proved superior to all opposing fighters.
During WWII the Bf109 Messerschmitt was used as an
escort for German bombers during the Battle of Britain.
In this capacity it was shown that the Bf109 had too
limited a range to be fully effective in that capacity so it was decided that it
should be used as a defensive fighter.
As the war progressed the G version was developed to
This version became the most extensively built of
To increase its capabilities a Daimler-Benz DB605A 1,475Hp
12 cylinder engine was used.
Since the Messerschmitt weighted in at only 6,900 lbs, it became a very powerful
The main armament of the Messerschmitt Bf109G was a
pair of 12mm machine guns mounted under the cowling ahead of the cockpit canopy.
Of course, they were synchronized to fire through
the three bladed prop.
It was also armed with a 20mm MF151 or 30mm Mk108
cannon that was fired through the prop spinner.
With the improved horsepower and armament the Bf109G
became one of the most respected fighter aircraft of WWII.
It was in this aircraft which was flown by Major
Erich Hartmann that he achieved 352 confirmed kills.
It is thought that some 35,000 Bf109s of all
versions were produced.
Many went into Czech Air Force service
war, and was also used by the Israeli Air Force.
The Finnish government started
negotiation for the contract for Messerschmitt Bf109G fighters late in 1942.
Following first delivery for 30 G-2’s, the delivery
for G-6’s was started in March 1944 and the Finnish Air Force received a total
of 111 G-6’s.
The Messerschmitt BF109G-6 showed a remarkable improvement
over the previous fighters employed by the Finnish Air Force.
It was superior to all the Russian fighters as to
performance and could outmaneuver the La-5 and the Airacobra fighters employed
by the Soviet Air Force against Finland though it showed a few shortcomings due
to the poor manufacturing standard later in the war and the continuous engine
problems due to the low oil pressure.
Finnish pilots flying Bf109G’s scored 663 victories
while 27 Bf109G’s were downed during 1943-44 conflicts.
After the war Bf109G was used as a standard fighter
by the Finnish Air Force till the last ones were phased out in 1954 with some
converted into night fighters recognized by the “Moon and Bat” emblem.
There were eight pilots scored 20 or more victories
while they were flying BF109G’s in the Finnish Air Force.
The most successful pilot was Warrant Officer
I.Juutilainen who scored 58 victories with Bf109G in a total of 94 victories in
This kit represents what
we’ve come to expect from semi-current generation of Hasegawa 1/72.
It starts with a basic cockpit with lightly detailed
floor and seat, seperate stick, instrument panel with decal, and no sidewall
The canopy is molded as one piece so for most the interior
is adequate as you can see little through all the canopy framing anyway.
Options include a one-piece Erla Haube canopy, early
and late headrest armor, R-6 underwing 20mm cannon, tropical intake, FuG 16
radio antennae, and R-3 Type C centerline droptank.
Other highlights are the separate tail suggesting
optional use of the tall tail (though it’s not
included), separate prop blades,
separate exhaust and fairings, separate upper cowl, tiny aileron horn balances,
and machined wheels.
The antennae mast appears to be somewhere between
the short and tall version and the elevator trim tabs also appear to be a
compromise in width.
The DF loop is appropriately small though a touch
thick (a difficult hurdle in this scale.)
Cowl bulges as usual aiding in backdating if one is
inclined to do so.
Markings for this “Finish Air Force” boxing
MT-452 of Night Fighter
Squadron 31, Flying Regiment 3 during June 1948.
This is in a mostly standard scheme of 74/75/76 with
RLM 66 Erla Haube canopy.
Piloted by Sergeant E. Aromaa
MT-402 of Fighter Squadron
33, Flying Regiment 3, Summer 1949 painted up for pylon racing during the
midsummer festivals in a scheme Hasegawa has chosen to call “green:!
The decals themselves suggest quick, mask-free hand
painting, a nice touch.
MT-451 of 34th
Fighter Squadron, Flying Regiment 1 during July 1944.
This is again 74/75/76 with the late canopy and
optional swastika type markings or a more politically correct cross.
Flown by Staff Sergeant E. Lyly
This is another of Academy’s
It’s largely similar to the Hasegawa offering but currently
rates at a fraction of the cost (like about half. Ed).
The cockpit is of better detail including a touch of
sidewall detail, raised instrument detail, separate seat, and 2 separate trim
Options include trop filter, pressed or inserted gun
troughs in separate upper cowls, FuG 16 underwing antennae, R-6 underwing cannon
with separate gun barrels, R-3 installation with optional Type B or Type D drop
tanks, and a right cowling bulge with the oil pump blister and generator cooling
scoop for those doing a trop version.
The rest of the parts breakdown is similar to
Hasegawa with a separate tail (no tall tail), separate exhaust and fairings,
horn balances, Df loop, and machined wheels.
The antennae mast again seams ‘medium’ but the
elevator tabs look properly small.
The prop is a single piece.
Markings are all in 74/75/76 and include:
An R6 version of 7/JG
Sicily, July 1943, flown by Uffz. Georg Amon
Kdr.II./Jg 52 of Hptm Gerhard Barkhorn
A Trop of 7/JG 27, Oblt. Emil Klade,
January 1944 in
Both kits are comparable all through
the construction process so I’ll skip the obvious and get straight to the gory
The fit of both kits comes well within the range of what
one might expect upon opening the box.
The detail is well done as is the fit.
Very little filler was needed on either.
Starting from the front, the
Academy kit has a more pointed spinner and a shallower oil cooler scoop which
looks more appropriate for an ‘F’.
The props are nearly identical though the Hasegawa
offering looks at most a scale half inch broader in
chord but this could simply
be a difference in the amount of seam sanding required.
The Hasegawa supercharger intake slightly fatter but
both look fine to me.
The Academy cowling didn’t fit particularly well and
needed some filler.
Fit-wise this is the kit’s weak point.
The cannon breech bulges differ greatly between the
Academy’s is of larger diameter, covering more surface area
but is relatively thin and the profile is a bit squared off particularly towards
Hasegawa’s bulges are almost perfectly round, smaller and
look a bit inflated.
Neither fit perfectly so a touch of thin filler
would be welcome on both kits.
I chose not to for the purpose of photo clarity.
Academy’s exhaust stacks are more pronounced and
protrude more making the less detailed Hasegawa offerings look more accurate.
Underneath is the general
area where Hasegawa started taking on filler, as seen in the picture.
Both kits have the correctly offset drop tank mount.
Academy’s piece has a little more detail but
Hasegawa’s offers crisper molding.
Academy also offers much better detail under the
wing, most of this is rivet work which adds a lot of depth when it comes time
for the washes.
Each kit differed greatly in their approach to the
Academy offers a one piece gondola with separate
Hasegawa choose to split the gondola in half with
the barrel molded to one side creating a little more seam work.
Neither kit offers wheel well detail of any sort.
Both are somewhat boxed in but neither really hit
Academy managed to recreate the tunnel for the gear leg but
Hasegawa choose to skip it.
Both kits offer similar landing gear and wheels with
thin and detailed gear doors.
The legs on the Academy kit are slightly more
detailed but Hasegawa’s tire tread grooves are more sparse which looks better to
Academy splits upper and
lower wings into complete halves creating a seam at the rear whereas Hasegawa
went their usual route with the tips, ailerons, and flaps molded into the top
Both fit fine so either is fine with me.
With that said, the Academy control surfaces are way
more pronounced, perhaps a bit overdone while the Hasegawa surfaces are subdued
to the point of blending in with the panel lines.
The upper wing tire bulges are another glaring
Academy’s bulges are shallow and narrower.
The canopies are near matches, both
fit the same with the square cut at the lower forward edge and both would need
some filler at this point to look correct.
Nearing the end, I found the fit of the Academy tail
superior to Hasegawa’s requiring no filing or sanding to get proper fit.
The Academy tail itself appears a bit too long in
chord and/or too short in height compared to the Hasegawa which also offers a
more realistic tail wheel with a well molded dust cover.
One fault I picked up right away in the Academy
offering was the shape of the stabilizers.
They looked far too squared off so I took to sanding
them into shape.
In retrospect I can see I overdid it but it still
looks better than before.
These pieces are also slightly deeper in chord then
the Hasegawa version.
They still don’t look quite right but they’ll do.
Now, some of you may notice none of my
kits have aerial wires.
With my limited available space, kits get moved
around and reorganized regularly.
As most of you know, the wire is among the first to
go so I leave it off.
It will be a simple enough task to add the wires
when I’m rich and famous and have plenty of room a few years down the road,
I choose to go with the kit markings
in the Academy kit.
For my first 109 I figured it would be best to start
with a 74/75/76 scheme and the JG 53 scheme fit the bill just fine.
The colors are as standard as it gets.
I painted the white tail band and yellow nose first,
masked for the RLM 76 and then shot the 74/75 though scotch tape masks for the
The mottle using was done freehand using my old Iwata
The decals are typical of Academy quality.
Every little tiny stencil is supplied dragging the
project on for hours.
They’re a bit translucent so the white doesn’t match
well with the tail band I painted but they settle into nooks and crannies just
Where the effort comes in is getting rid of the silvering
which I always seem to fight with Academy decals.
I want a good supply of Luftwaffe
birds across my display before I jump into axis/allies so I rounded up the
beautiful Eagle Strike 72012 sheet.
It contains markings for 6 109’s and only one in
I went for a G-6 of unknown unit in the spring of
’45 camouflaged in 82/83 over 76.
It may be the Model Master paints I use but the 83
light green makes the 82 dark green look too
brown in my eyes.
I sprayed most of the plane in 76 and then applied
liquid mask for the ‘splotching’ on the fuselage sides.
The instructions weren’t clear on the point but I
found it unlikely that the mottle would cover the upper wings.
I brought forth my beloved silly putty for the tight
demarcation lines and worried little about overall quality as this was obviously
When I tried to remove the liquid mask it choose to
pull the underlying 76 with it.
So that was an entertaining waste of time and it was
back to little bitty paint brushes to reapply the splotches by hand.
In hindsight, I should have doused the RLM 76 with
Future giving the liquid mask a smooth surface that it wouldn’t so easily bind
It’s worked well for me over smooth Alclad so that will be
an experiment for the future (so to speak).
The decals were far easier to apply.
They reacted perfectly to MM setting solution,
requiring no solvent and no struggle.
As a bonus, being field applied camo I rejected all
the stencils and just went for the basics.
I can’t tell you what you
should do but after having fought this campaign my vision is clear.
Both are great kits and a true joy to put together.
Each offers advantages over the other and each has
There’s one major difference and that is price.
Older boxings of the Hasegawa kit are by no means
hard to come by and if the price on one is ever comparable to Academy’s, I’ll
At the same time when it comes to the local hobby shop,
your likely to see the Academy kit priced at less than half of the Hasegawa kit.
The choice here is obvious.
Now, to see them side by side with a matching price
tag, you can take your pick.
I’ll take both!
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Hasegawa review kit courtesy of
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