Friday, March 5, 2010

Modeler's Eye Series 3 - Messerschmitt Bf109G-6

In addition to being an information resource on the German World War Two fighter, the Messerschmitt Bf109, this book is designed to be used as a supplementary assembly guide to the new 1/32 scale Bf109 model Kits released by Hasegawa in 2001 and 2002, both the G-6, and the G-14. Because of that, the structures of the aircraft are introduced in the same order that the kits1 assembly instructions recommend that you assemble the model. Of course, the text comments extensively on the technical details of the G-6 and the G-14, but at the same time it presents extensive commentary and hints on the assembly of the Hasegawa kit and ways to improve your finished model. There are numerous external differences between the Bf109 G-6 and the G-14, including the shape of the cowling, the nature of the antenna mast and numerous other details. These characteristics make it particularly difficult for a modeler to accurately recreate a specific airframe. In particular, some variations exist simply due to date of manufacture, or the factory where an aircraft was produced, making it particularly difficult to identify the details appropriate to a particular example.