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BF 109F-2

Zvezda 1/72 BF 109F-2 Kit First Look

By Dave Manter

Date of Review November 2012 Manufacturer Zvezda
Subject BF 109F-2 Scale 1/72
Kit Number 7302 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Great details, nice decals, ease of assembly Cons None
Skill Level Beginner MSRP (USD) $13.98

First Look

BF 109F-2
BF 109F-2

Zvezda 1/72nd scale kit of the German BF-109 F2 consist of 38 very well molded grey plastic parts and one clear part for the canopy. The detail on these parts is really, really nice, especially for a snap together kit. Fine recessed panel lines and a rather full cockpit will make this a nice kit for any 1/72nd scale collection. Molding is crisp and no flash is present. The kit can be assembled with the wheels built in the up position or in the down position. Decals are provided for two aircraft. They are:

  • JG 51, Eastern Front, June 1941
  • Hptm. Hans Philipp, Stab 1/JG 54, March 1942

The Bf 109F was introduced in 1941 and became instantly the best liked variant of this fighter by its pilots for combat performance. Powered by a DB 601H engine, the aircraft reached 537 km/h at sea level. This speed and its excellent climbing rate at low altitude, "Friedrich", as the new Messerschmitt modification was called, was superior to most other fighters of that period.

The first scheme is the standard German fighter colors from the early war, while the 2nd is in overall white. The decals are printed very nice and in register. They even include the instrument panel!

While this is a snap together kit, the detail is so nice that anyone will enjoy this build. I for one am looking forward to it!

My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!