Airfix 1/72 Bf-109G-6
Scott Van Aken
New tool kit
By far the most widely build 109 was the G
series and of the G series, the G-6 led the crowd. Those pilots who flew long
enough to fly the earlier Fs always thought that the G was a bit of a step back,
however, as aviation technology moved forward, so did the 109. The G-6 had
several improvements over the earlier versions. First off, it had a more
powerful DB-605 engine, a requirement thanks to the additional armor and
equipment added to the plane. It removed the rifle calibre 7.7mm cowl machine
guns and replaced them with 12.5mm guns.
It was also able to handle
a wide array of weapons slung under wings and fuselage. In addition to a drop
tank, the centerline rack could carry a variety of bombs. Under the wings could
be installed podded 20mm guns or even 21 cm rockets. Both of those were
effective against bombers, but made the already less than nimble 109 not only
more sluggish, but also ate speed. As the G series was produced, even more
improvements were added to the airframe including more powerful engines as well
as a taller wooden tail unit and an improved Erla designed canopy section. The
G-6 was also built under license by the Hungarians and exported to a variety of
nations including Finland, Rumania, Switzerland, Croatia and others.
honestly do not keep up with new releases like some others, so I saw this kit in
the LHS quite a few weeks ago. Thinking it may be the old mold, I passed on it,
but then realized it was a newly done kit so decided to pick it up for this
I was frankly a bit surprised that
it was nearly $10 retail, even though it is a series two kit (which means two
decal options). The kit is indeed a new tool with somewhat large engraved panel
lines. The external detailing is fairly nice and like previous kits molded in
India, has somewhat soft and thick plastic.
There is no cockpit to speak of, with only a seat and pilot. The seat attaches
to the sides of the fuselage with pegs and has the head armor molded to the back
of it. It is totally inaccurate for the type. To make matters worse, the set was
missing from my kit. It looks like it was torn away during packaging and fell on
the floor somewhere as it was not in the sealed bag.
Wings have wheel clearance bumps that look like afterthoughts which were added
to the wing instead of being smoothly molded into the upper wing surface. There
are no aileron mass balances nor is there a pitot tube. Slots in the underside
of the wing for the gun pods or the inaccurately designed 21 cm rocket tubes are
already opened up. The lower fuselage rack, which is too small, is molded to the
bottom of the single piece lower wing. There are two large pegs used to install
either a drop tank or bomb.
The main landing gear is molded into the main gear doors and the wheels have
smooth tires. The tail wheel is separate. A set of retracted main gear is also
provided for those who wish to purchase the optional stand. Other bits include
an oil cooler housing for under the nose that has a large and very visible peg
at the intake. There is a separate supercharger intake piece that needs to be
drilled out. Two canopies are provided. One is the standard framed version for
use with this kit. The other is an Erla canopy that has a cross brace across the
top that was never part of the actual canopy. Where they came up with that is
beyond me. Propeller blades are all one unit with a separate spinner and no
are provided for two planes, both in RLM 74/75/76 with mottled fuselage sides.
One is the box art plane from 9./JG 3 in late 1943. The yellow lower cowling,
spinner and gun covers need to be painted by the builder. The spinner spiral is
provided on the sheet. The other is one of several used G-6s sold to Switzerland
to keep the secrets of a night fighter that landed there from falling into
Allied hands. For this aircraft the various red bands on the fuselage, lower
wings and rudder will need to be painted. The decal sheet is very nicely done
and will work just great with setting solutions. The builder will need to find
I have to say that I'm rather disappointed with this kit. There was hope
that Airfix would provide us with a nicely done, inexpensive 1/72 109G-6.
Instead we get what is in many ways, a toy; a Hobby Boss ez-build wannabe.
Obviously, this kit is not aimed at the enthusiast but to those who know
little about the airplane and just wants a German plane. Not to say that it
could not be built to a nice standard, but the builder would need to find an
aftermarket cockpit for it, build some aileron mass balances, add a pitot
tube and fill in the wing slots as most 109s did not carry under wing
armament. A new prop would probably be nice as well for the kit one looks a
tad odd, and few enthusiast models have gear molded onto the doors. I do not
know what aftermarket has been done for this kit if anything. However, it is
a prime contender for the 'triple the price of the kit with add-on stuff'
Thanks to me for picking this one up.
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