Bf 109F Eduard ProfiPACK 82115
One of the many kits of the Bf 109F released by Eduard is ProfiPACK set 82115. Scale is 1/48 and its features are like those presented before. Kit very easy and pleasure to built and with interesting markings. Kit can be finished in one of this markings:
- Bf 109F-2, flown by Hptm. Hans Philipp, CO of I./ JG 54, Krasnogvardeysk, Soviet Union, March 1942
- Bf 109F-2, W. Nr. 9553, flown by Oblt. Siegfried Schnell, CO of 9./ JG 2, Théville, France, November 1941
- Bf 109F-2, flown by Lt. Horst Buddenhagen, 5./ JG 3, Darmstadt – Griesheim, Germany, April 1941
- Bf 109F-2, W. Nr. 9538, flown by Lt. Hans Beisswegner, 6./JG 54, Ostrow, Soviet Union, July 1941
- Bf 109F-2/b, flown by Oblt. Wilhelm Hachfeld, 2./JG 51, Kiev, Soviet Union, Summer 1941
My main goal is actually to use some upgrade sets from Eduard on this kit and give some enhancement. Sets is all dedicated to external look, note that Eduard also have products for extra details of the cockpit as well engine and guns.
First set to open is 648282, Bf 109F wheels. Reason to start with this first is that during the fuselage assembly of the kit, wheel need to be inside so I start with this first. Same set have total five resin parts and one small mask, it is used to mask wheel hub when paint tires (or vise versa). Last parts to add on kit is main wheel, at very end of build, when entire kit is painted and varnished.
Just when the fuselage and wings are completed, I enter into build Eduard set 648292, Bf 109F control surfaces. It have inside two flaps, two horizontal controls, one vertical rudder, three counterweights (you need two, third is reserve) and etched trim tabs. Work with is more then easy, cut it from base and put in place. Fit perfect into original slots proposed for plastic parts.
Bronze products are real special, I really enjoy in use of them and set 648308 is BRONZE undercarriage legs for Bf 109F kit. Total four parts inside, two bronze main legs and two landing gear door. Note on this kit that sample machine Bf 109F-2, flown by Hptm. Hans Philipp, do not need landing gear doors, they was removed during winter operations and painting scheme is winter one. Bronze leg need no maintenance, just put it in place (with super glue of course), they fit really perfect. At your will, you can put leg door after or finish em separately and place em there at very end.
Final set used in this build is 648289, Bf 109F propeller set, early. It have resin three blades, two parts spinner, propeller shaft, small tool to fix propeller to spinner base in proper position and angle and two small etched brass rings (need only one).
Result is as seen on photos. Must note that use of this sets does not require any top building skills, even less experienced modelers can use them and even they do not make build kit time longer. Big thanks to Eduard for provided products!