Revell 1/48 Bf 109G-10 Kit First Look
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||February 2012||Manufacturer||Revell|
|Kit Number||5253||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Nice basic kit of G-10||Cons||Detail-less wheel wells|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$14.00|
The Bf-109 was first flown in 1935 and became one of the most common fighter planes in history. Towards the end of WWII production reached in excess of 53,000. The G-10 version (subject of this kit) was developed late in the war. It had a larger 1,495 HP engine and heavier armor-plating.
This kit comes in a tray and lid type box. The box art shows a Bf-109G-10 as an aircraft of JG.52. It has a dark gray spine over light blue below. There are dark gray spots over the light blue. The fuselage code begins with a white 11 + white horizontal bar. The national cross is quite large. The rudder is yellow as well as the nose. The swastika appears on the tail. The propeller spinner has a black and white spiral on it. There is a black diamond on the side of the cowling. The name ROSEMARIE is in black below the cockpit. Very strangely, there is another Bf-109G-10 diving in the background with the exact same paint scheme and markings. These marks are supplied on the kit’s decal sheet.
The box art says that the kit is for ages 10 and up.
One side panel has a list of colors suggested to use to finish the kit, next to a photo of the model assembled with the box art marks and scheme. It is followed by a profile of another scheme. This one is the mount of pilot Feldwebel Horst Petzschler of III/JG 51, Bulltata, Sweden 1945. It is light blue with dark gray splotches. The fuselage code is a yellow 5 + black 0297. It also has a black and white spiral on the propeller spinner. The rudder is light gray with dark green spots and the swastika. This is the second of the two schemes provided on the kit’s decal sheet. Next to this is Revell’s address in Elk Grove Village, Illinois USA.
The other side panel has a list of the kit’s features:
- Length: 7 ½”
- Wingspan: 8 1/8”
- Pieces: 40
- Waterslide decals
Below this is a one paragraph history of the aircraft.
Inside the box are 3 light gray parts trees in a sealed cello bag and a clear parts tree in its own cello bag. The instructions and the decal sheet complete the kits contents. The decal sheet has an opaque protective tissue on it’s face to protect it from scratching. However, this sheet is loose and floating around and not protecting the decal at all.
Revell has added a stiff cardboard BRIDGE across the center of the box to ward against the box being crushed in transit.
The instructions consist of a unbound booklet of 8 pages in 8 ½” x 11” format.
Page 1 begins with the history of the aircraft next to a very dark and dismal photo of the model made up in the box art scheme. This is followed by international assembly symbol explanations, READ BEFOR BEGINNING instructions and a paint guide.
Pages 2 through 6 give a total of 8 assembly steps.
Page 7 has two 2-views of the 2 schemes described above.
Page 8 has views of the top and bottom of the aircraft. Below this is a 3-view line drawing that serves as the guide showing where to place all the stencil marks.
Mention is made here that a Bf-109G-10 can be seen at the Planes of Fame Museum at Valle Airport, Grand Canyon Valley, Arizona USA. The museum is thanked for their assistance in developing this model kit.
There are no part tree illustrations in the kit. The trees have part numbers next to the parts, but they are not alphabetized. So, this means a search of the trees to find the parts needed in each assembly. However, because the kit has so few parts this will not be a big chore and most of the parts are pretty obvious as to what they are.
The first light gray parts tree holds: the fuselage halves, pilot seat, horizontal tail surfaces and the dashboard (6 parts) The elevator flaps are molded in sold as well as the rudder.
The second light gray parts tree holds: the wing halves (bottom wing being full span), DF loop, main wheels and their struts and doors, tail wheel, intake scoop, propeller, spinner, exhausts, wing aileron balances, joy stick and the cockpit floor (21 parts).
The clear parts tree holds: the canopy front and rear sections, the reflector gun sight and the cockpit’s armored head rest. (4 parts)
There is no pilot figure included in the kit.
The decal sheet holds the marks for the 2 schemes described above. Also numerous stencil markings, dashboard instruments and the swastika for the tail. This last item is one that is missing in all Revell of Germany produced WWII German aircraft kits, due to the restriction against that mark there. It is included with this kit and shown on the box art, due to it being made in the U.S.
With only 40 total parts, the kit is sparsely detailed in the cockpit and as mentioned the rudder and flaps are molded solid. The wheel wells in the wings are just HOLES with no detail. So, the kit seriously needs some after-market stuff to dolly it up. Which I discovered there are no end to for Bf-109G’s, especially PE sets for the cockpit. Some of these PE sets are actually already colored.