Bf 109G-4, G-6 and G-14
Decal Sheets in 1/72, 1/48 & 1/32
Reviewed by Brett Green
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the Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 was the most-produced variant of the
most-produced fighter aircraft in history, it was not known for its
wild colour schemes. The Gustav was manufactured during the mid-war
period when Luftwaffe fighter camouflage was standardised in three
shades of grey.
Even so, Eagle Editions has provided plenty of variety in markings and
variants for the Messerschmitt enthusiast.
More than a year after their first 1/32 scale releases for the
beautiful Hasegawa Bf 109G-6, EagleCals' has added the more recently
released G-4 and G-14 kits to their sights.
In addition, they have answered the pleas of modellers wishing to
build more than one subject on each sheet with a dedicated release of
German national markings for the Bf 109 (although some of the markings
will also be suitable for other German fighters too.
More good news is that these decals are all available in 1/72 and 1/48
scale as well as 1/32.
The three latest decal sheets are beautifully printed and in perfect
register. Having used one of the earlier releases myself, I can attest
that the national markings fit the 1/32 scale Hasegawa kit perfectly.
What sets these decals apart from other high quality offerings in the
marketplace is the instructions, the research behind them and the
consistent inclusion of very useful reference material. Jerry Crandall
of Eagle Editions is a noted historian in the field of Luftwaffe
fighter aircraft and he has shared a number of photos from his
collection in each release as supporting reference for the colours and
markings on the decals.
Specifically, the subjects covered on each sheet are:
EC#46 - Bf 109G-14s
JG 3, JG 5, JG 52 and JG 53
All aircraft carry a camouflage scheme of 74/75/76 Greys:
Yellow 18, a Bf 109G-14 with a white fuselage band
White 7, a Bf 109G-14 with a short tail and Erla Haube canopy with a
narrow yellow tail band. Three great reference photos of this aircraft
Yellow 4, a Bf 109G-14 with tall tail and Erla Haube, with
Black/Yellow RV band and yellow lower cowl
White 5, Bf 109G-14 with a short tail and Erla Haube canopy with a
narrow yellow tail band and yellow nose band (one photo via Steve
EC#47 - Bf 109G-6 Trops
JG 27 and JG 51
All aircraft carry a colour scheme of 74/75/76 Greys with white
Yellow 1, a Bf 109G-6 Trop with a double-bar IV Gruppe marking on the
White 3, a Bf 109G-6 Trop with an interesting, rectangular mottle
under a sharp, mid-fuselage demarcation. Camera port in wing leading
edge. Four excellent photos of this aircraft are included in the
Yellow 13, with a white II Gruppe bar in front of the aircraft number.
A photo of this aircraft is included.
EC#48 - Bf 109G-4
JG 27, JG 52 and JG 53
All aircraft carry a colour scheme of 74/75/76 Greys unless otherwise
White 25 - Yellow rudder and lower cowl, spinner forward cap quartered
in white and I./JG 27 Gruppe emblem on cowl.
Yellow 3 - Interesting, small aircraft number over earlier number.
Spinner quartered in RLM 70 / white with a yellow cap. Dachshund
emblem under canopy. Good reference picture of this aircraft included.
Black 12 - Also has a small aircraft number and similarly finished
spinner to the aircraft above, but this time the Gruppe colour is red.
Black 1 - RLM 78 and 79 with earlier number overpainted on the
fuselage side, interrupting the original demarcation line. A large
photo of this aircraft is included.
EC#49 - German National Insignia
These will be very handy to use as extras for additional options on
these or other decal sheets.
These new releases live up to the reputation earned by EagleCals'
The high quality of the decals themselves, combined with the one-stop
reference photos in the instructions, make these an excellent choice
for modellers building a Bf 109G in 1/72, 1/48 or 1/32 scale.
Thanks to Judy at Eagle Editions for the preview
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