Barkhorn Bf 109G from Eduard
Subjects like Gerhard Barkhorn sound always attractive for model build and one of the Eduard releases is kit with his markings. Gerhard Barkhorn was one of the top German ace in WW2 and it ends war with total of 301 air victories. Plastic kit here present his Bf 109G-6 flown in summer 1943, East front.
This kit is in 1/48 scale and present Erla build Bf 109G-6. It is released as Weekend Edition and stock code is 84142. Content is standard as in many other kits- instruction, plastic frets and decals. Total of four frets are there in grey plastic and one in transparent. Note that there is much more parts so take care not to take wrong one. Model is designed to cover several different variations.
I use this kit as good base to test various products related to Eduard kit and there is Brassin cockpit, Bronze legs and control surfaces. Descriptions of this sets are given in article published previously.
Kit is very simple to build as well parts are good engineering work and fit perfect to each other. Basic kit have also good decals for instrument panel as well decals for seat belts and they also work good, if you built basic model from box. There is options in parts used, for example, cockpit can be open or closed.
One nice feature Eduard use in last time on their kits with German marking, this is swastika. As well in some countries it is forbidden, they print it in different way then before, now it become one outer square pattern from which is omitted inner square. This method is far better and more easy for positioning on kit.
Also one good idea with decals is that fuselage cross is provided with outer white areas only. Reason is simple- on original plane that area was in camouflage color, RLM 74. Decals could be printed with this color but problem is that on market is many brands of modelers paint of this color and they do not match each other. Some modelers like to mix its own shade and this all will make problem to match. So idea is great, so you need to paint this area in RLM 74 color, which one you use. For the general camouflage painting I have used Eduard mask set EX510, Bf 109G camouflage scheme for Erla produced machines.