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Bf 109G-10 National Insignia
Bf 109G-10 MTT/WNF National Insignia
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]


Originally published on:
AeroScale

Eduard recently released a useful set of 1:48 national insignia for the Bf 109G-10. It's designed to accompany their own excellent boxings of the MTT (Regensburg) and WNF (Wiener Neustadt) sub-variants. While Eduard describe the set as "exclusively" for their own kits, it will obviously be applicable for other brands too.

The sheet offers a selection of plain and outlined crosses, plus the black "negative" crosses used on Hungarian Air Force machines. The differences in some of the markings are subtle, but distinct, e.g. slightly larger swastikas and fuselage crosses for the MTT option.

Speaking of swastikas, Eduard have designed them in both full and split forms, with the full versions printed in the corner of the sheet where they can be clipped off for countries where the emblem is banned. So, depending on where you live, you'll either find two sets, or just the split versions to line up yourself.

In terms of quality, I can't fault the decals in any way. They are gloss finished and beautifully thin, and the registration is pin-sharp on the sample sheet. While I have seen excess carrier film trimmed tighter around designs, it's so thin on these decals, it should snuggle down invisibly if you apply them correctly.

The sheet is divided into three main sections, grouping the markings for the fuselage and tail, along with the upper and lower surfaces of the wings. Be careful, though, there is a slip up, with the upper and lower surface crosses labelled in reverse on the decal sheet - the plain white crosses are for the upper surface of the wings.

The wing markings are shown correctly on the accompanying instructions - and it's important to study the diagrams closely, because there are some small differences in the position of the crosses that you could miss. This isn't made any easier, because only plan views are included to illustrate the two styles in markings, and these are very small. There aren't any accompanying notes to highlight the differences in the way the factories applied the insignia - in fact, the plan views aren't even labelled as MTT and WNF to distinguish them.

I normally find Eduard's instructions to be excellent, but I think they could be a good deal clearer in this case, so I'd have to rate them as barely adequate, because they assume you already "know your '109s", instead of explaining what to look out for. Experienced Luftwaffe "Experten" won't worry, but newcomers to the genre and casual modellers could struggle.

Conclusion
Apart from the slip-up labelling the wing crosses on the sheet, these are excellent decals - and definitely worth having in the stash for any serious Luftwaffe modeller. I think "serious" is the key word in describing them, because the minimal instructions assume the purchaser already has a degree of knowledge of the differences in Bf 109G-10 production. Clearer and fuller instructions could have made the set much more easily accessible to a wider range of modellers.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Beautiful quality decals covering the differences between the different styles of national insignia applied at the two production plants. Good value for money.
Lows: The upper and lower surface markings are labelled incorrectly on the sheet. Minimal instructions.
Verdict: These are great quality decals - but the lack of clear instructions make them most suitable for modellers who already have a good understanding of the subtleties of Bf 109 production, or who are prepared to invest time researching it.
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: D48035
  Suggested Retail: 4.87
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  PUBLISHED: Feb 20, 2020
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.35%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.59%

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)
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I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

Copyright 2020 text by Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of KitMaker Network or the British Bulldogs IPMS-UK group. All rights reserved.



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