Top Notch TNM48-M25 Bf-109G Erla Camouflage Masks

PRICE: 10.00.
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken
NOTES: Vinyl Mask Set

An accessory that has been growing in popularity over the years are vinyl mask sets. Mostly they were used for canopy masks and have become very popular. Another use for these have been for camouflage masks.

This is one of several sets that Top Notch offers for the Bf-109G. This set is in 1/48 scale, but they are also available in the other major scales. Some of you may not be aware that the 109 was manufactured by several companies and by this time in the war, they each had their own somewhat unique camouflage signature. This sheet covers the planes build by Erla, the makers of the Erla Haube that was eventually fitted to all 109s. 

Erla camouflage is the most distinct. On these planes, the canopy is in RLM 74 with the panel just in front of the windscreen in RLM 75. The mottling is often quite 'spotty' as in a lot of spots. Erla also used underwing crosses with the thin black outline not used by MTT or WNF. However, the greatest distinction was the sawtooth  edge to the upper wing camouflage. This is something most modelers don't like reproducing as it is difficult to do.

Along with the other sets, it includes the wavy wing leading edges, a mask for the wing roots and the super charger cutaway. Main wheel masks are also provided.

A very nice accessory for your 109G.

August 2018

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