Decal Sheets in 1/72, 1/48 & 1/32
S u m m a r y
||EC #74 & EC #75 -
Messerschmitt Bf 109K-4s
||available in 1/72, 1/48 and
|Contents and Media:
||Decal plus instructions and
USD$9.00 each for 1/72 and
1/48 sheets; USD$10 for 1/32 scale sheets; available online from
Eagle Editions website
||Good selection of markings;
high quality instructions; stencil data
included; four subjects per sheet; perfect registration and colour
saturation; minimal carrier film.
||No decals provided for
Reviewed by Steven
EC #74 & EC #75 - Messerschmitt Bf
109K-4s are available online from
First I would like to thank EagleCals for being brutally honest and
forthright. If I may quote in part from the instructions to both
sets of decals: “ Unfortunately good photo references, especially of
colorful machines, are scarce. … As a result, much of what we try to
identify is speculations. … More than ever, the modeler has to make
the final decision.”
These words of warning should be on all things modeling, for there
is rarely a clear, four view set of photographs for any aircraft. So
much obsessing can be reduced to a EagleCals’ simple solution, “…the
modeler has to make the final decision”. A solution to which I
subscribe whole heartedly.
Now for the decals. Each set contains markings for four K-4s,
primarily in the green and grey topside camouflage. However, there
are only enough national markings to do one to two full aircraft,
depending on your choice of national markings for the tops of the
wings. There is a full set of stencils for only one aircraft.
Unless otherwise noted, all the aircraft on both sheets are RLM 75
Grey-Violet and RLM 83 Dark Green with undersides in RLM 76 Light
Blue. Also, for all aircraft you are given the option of using the
open outline crosses for the wing tops, or crosses filled in with
what appears to be Dark Green.
Yellow 1; W. Nr. 334176; Uffz.
Martin Deskau; III./JG 3, April 1945 – This is the aircraft with
the little insect carrying a spear and with the hand painted
last three digits of the W. Nr. “176”. Oddly there is not a
decal for the number “176”. You are give the size of the script
in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32, so I presume you get to do your own
scrawl, just like the person who marked the original. There are
two options for the color of the insect’s body, either white or
a pale blue. Both nicely printed.
White 5; W. Nr. Unknown; Pilot
Unknown; NJG 11?; Date Unknown – This aircraft is overall RLM 76
Light Blue with an irregular mottling of RLM 83 on the fuselage
and upper surfaces and some RLM 66 on the cowl. The canopy frame
is RLM 66.
Yellow 8 “Mary”; W. Nr. Unknown;
Pilot Unknown; 11./JG 3, March 1945 – A dark color applied to
the fuselage under the individual aircraft number. The rudder
has a different 75/83 pattern (The rudder may be a replacement
Green 9; W. Nr. Unknown; Pilot
Unknown; JG 27; date Unknown – Rudder painted in a different
pattern of RLM 75/83 (may be replacement or subcontracted). Home
defense band is Green.
Chevron; W. Nr. Unknown; Pilot Unknown; May 1945 – Fin probably
painted in 81/83, with rudder from another aircraft in 75/83/76.
The white outline of the fuselage cross appears to have a mottle
of a green color. Home defense band is Green.
Yellow 1; W. Nr. Unknown; Lt. G
Landt; 11./JG 53; April 1945 – Dark panel under the left wing.
Upper surfaces lighter than usual 75. Wavy camouflage
demarcation line on leading edge of wings. Radio access cover is
lighter than the surrounding area. Home defense band is Black
The Yellow 1 appears to be applied over a painted out numeral 2.
However no decal is provided for the painted out 2, but a
template for the 2 is supplied.
Black 8; W. Nr. Unknown; Pilot
Unknown; 14./JG 53; may 1945 – The RLM 75 on the fuselage
appears dark, with the aircraft appearing quite dirty. The fin
and rudder are 81/83. A light color is applied around the MW
system filler neck. Home defense band is Black
White 10; W. Nr. Unknown; Pilot
Unknown; 9./JG 27; May 1945 – The fin and rudder are 81/83. Home
defense band (narrow) is Green.
These two sheet should provide good options for modelers building
the 109 k-4s, which in my opinion is often under-represented in the
Gallery and Features sections. However, I wish EagleCals had found
the space to do the decals for the numerals “176” on sheet #74, and
the over painted “2” on sheet #75. At the final stage of completing
a kit, many modelers will not want to trust their shaky hand.
Thanks to Judy at
Eagle Editions for the preview
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Preview Text Copyright © 2004 by
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
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28 June, 2004
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