|With a worsening supply situation and in need of canon equipped fighters to counter the growing menace of American four-engine heavies, the Regia Aeronautica placed sizeable orders for the Bf.109G as a stop gap until enough Series 5 aircraft could be manufactured. Put to good use by the Regia Aeronautica, the plane was well liked by its pilots who appreciated its good armament and some notable pilots preferred the mount such as Ugo Drago.
This is the 1/48 Bf-109 G-6 kit from Hasegawa and is an easy kit to build indeed. Because this kit is so well known, I decided that this short feature article would not be a traditional review. There were no big problems during assembly. I added the ADECO cockpit set and the new spinner form Eagle Parts. Decals are from Sky Models.
The paint finish is the standard Luftwaffe camouflage scheme in RLM 74, 75 and 76. I used X-Tra enamel colors, which are easy to spay by airbrush! As typical of Foreign Italian aircraft, German markings were over painted with "grigio azzurro chiaro" using Mr.Kit paints.
The model is Bf-106 G-6/R-6 trop flown by the famous 364 Squadriglia / 150 Gruppo based in Sciacca in July 1943.
I enjoyed every minute of construction of this very attractive and beautiful Bf-109 G-6.
Aircraft: Messerschmitt Bf.109G6/R6
Manufacturer: Messerschmitt A. G.
Engine: Damiler Benz DB 605A, 12-cylinder V, liquid-cooled 1,475hp
Wingspan: 32 ft 0 ½ in (9.95m)
Length: 29ft 7 1/8 (8.84m)
Height: 8ft 2 ½ in (2.49m)
Weight: 6,834lb (3,095 kg) (Loaded)
Maximum Speed: 386mph at 22,640ft
Ceiling: 39,370ft (12,000m)
Range: 528miles (850km)
Armament: 2 13mm MG 131 MGs, 2 MG151/20 mm cannon
|Hasegawa 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf.109G6/R6
by Tom Spiegelberg
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