Aeromaster 48-001

Units: Various




Scott Van Aken

Well, folks, this is the sheet that started it all for Aeromaster in 1992. Not surprisingly, they decided to play a safe bet and do a multi-national Bf-109G sheet. As we all know, Luftwaffe sells and 109s sell more than any other type. Not surprisingly, the 109 was exported to a large number of Axis nations and puppet states. This sheet has a lot of them. Now I won't vouch for all the markings. As you know, Aeromaster was called Errormaster because of the number of glitches in its early sheets and this one has one or two as well. We all learn by our mistakes and we even find out that what we thought was right was wrong.

As with all the early sheets, the instructions were done in grey scales and priced competitively. It was the turn to color that increased the price and things have been creeping up ever since. It was that $5.00 would get you a good decal sheet. Now with color, most are near the $10.00 mark.

Well, on to the sheet. All of the types are 109Gs of various sub-types and unless noted, RLM 74/75/76 is the main camo scheme.

First two are Hungarian G-6s from various stages of the war. Both have the yellow eastern front markings on the fuselage and wing tips. The first plane has the red, white and green fin and tail plane stripes. The instructions give a reverse sequence for the tail planes which are red on the inside. This plane also has a yellow lower cowl and spinner. The second has later low-viz insignia with no tail stripes, but a yellow rudder. No yellow lower cowl. This is a 'trop' version as can be told by the umbrella holder on the fuselage.

Next are two Romanian 109G-2s. Other than the tactical number, both are quite similar in markings with the yellow Eastern Front fuselage band, lower wing tips and lower cowling.

White 1 is Slovak AF G-6. Slovakia was a puppet state of the Germans so was offered some sovereignty during the war, though all its military was subservient to the Luftwaffe or Wehrmact. Yellow fuselage band and lower wing tips.

Next is a Slovak Insurgent AF G-6. During September of 1944 there was an attempted coup at Tri Duby and forces managed to capture some Slovak aircraft. Slovak markings were painted out and a modified Czech roundel was applied to the fin and wings.

Finally a Croatian AF G-10 in late war colors of RLM 81/82/76. This plane has the tall tail wheel and small wheel bulges which may indicate a G-14/AS vice G-10. However, if it does truly have the oil cooler bumps on the nose, then it probably isn't a G-14. Some G-10s still retained the narrow wheels.

For kits, well, just pick one. Most are perfectly fine and will make into a very nice model.

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