The (not so) “Great 109Gate” Brew-Ha-Ha
May 16, 2014 in Reviews
As with most Brew-Ha-ha’s (that’s an alcohol-fueled argument anyone outside of it will laugh at) at Hyperscale, the Great 109Gate Whine is mostly “overscale” in the amount of hot air expended by people who don’t know what they’re talking about since they haven’t actually seen the kit. (This is exceeded only by Eduard’s hubris in announcing it as The Bestest 109G That Will Ever Exist)
I have the new Eduard 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 (Thanks iModeler!).
I have compared the fuselage and wing and tail with a Hasegawa 109G. There are very interesting measurements.
1. Measured from the rear, the rear fuselages from the rudder hinge line to the wing trailing edge is the same length. However, the Eduard cockpit is 4mm forward of the Hasegawa kit, and the nose is 4mm longer. Get this: the canopy pieces of both kits are interchangeable dimensionally, so the Eduard is not wider than the Hasegawa.
2. However, if you measure the fuselages lined up wing root to wing root, with the wing leading edges exactly matched, the nose length from the wing leading edge to the front end is the same for both kits, and the cockpits are in the same location.
3. Measuring from the nose, the Eduard kit is approximately 2mm wider in chord at the wing root (with the additional area to the rear), and the rear fuselage is 4mm longer at the rudder hinge line.
4. Comparing the Eduard fuselage to the Hasegawa fuselage, the rear fuselage panels line up exactly to panel line 4 (just ahead of the radio compartment) at which point the Eduard panels are slightly wider, adding up to about 1.5mm at the leading edge of the vertical fin. But when you line up the fuselages nose to nose with wing root leading edges matched, you get the 4mm longer rear fuselage. .
Thus, the 4mm length difference is spread out, with 2mm happening in the immediate rear of the cockpit area and the other 2mm happening between the radio compartment and the rudder hinge.
I then compared the wings.
The Eduard kit is approximately 3mm longer span on each wing than the Hasegawa kit. If you compare the upper Hasegawa wing part to the upper Eduard wing part, they are an exact match out to the inner edge of the leading edge slats. The extra length is at the outer end. If you were to cut off the Eduard wing at the end and then attach its tip, the wing would be the same span as the Hasegawa. The Eduard leading edge slat is 4mm longer compared, and the aileron is 2 mm longer than the Hasegawa, and the Eduard flap is wider in span by 1.5 mm than the Hasegawa.
So, if the Eduard wing is cut at the outer end to equal the Hasegawa wing (which everyone says is OK dimensionally), everything fits and you have the right-size wing. If you trim the Eduard flap by 2mm, and then the aileron by 1mm on each end, everything will overall fit and look right.
Overall assessment: Eduard’s “oversize” is not proportional overall. It is slightly different at the wing, and there are differences throughout the length of the fuselage in minor measurements, adding up to the 4mm. Interestingly, the tail units – vertical fin/rudder, horizontal stab/elevator – are the same exact size compared directly.
Given the taper of the rear fuselage, I don’t see any place one could cut out a 4mm plug. If one leaves the fuselage alone and cuts the wing down to equal the Hasegawa kit, I think the result would be a model that won’t look “outsize” next to a Hasegawa kit to anyone who doesn’t have exact measuring devices implanted in their eyes.
Overall verdict: “some modeling skill required” will give you a model that is “close enough.” None of what has to be done is beyond the ability of the average scale muddler. And it can be done without harming the very nice surface detail.
Most people can get away with leaving it alone, because sitting there as a completed model, the differences are visually just not big enough to make a difference (unlike the Hasegawa Spitfire IX fuselage).
I have the model assembled. Pix will be in the WIP forum.
The wing unmodified does indeed look “too long.” The solution is simple. I cut 2mm off each wing, shortening the aileron and slat accordingly, then attached the wingtip. Overall, the wing is 1mm longer on each side than the Hasegawa wing, and it is not noticeable when the two were set beside each other wingtip to wingtip.
Assembled and sitting wingtip to wingtip with a Hasegawa kit, you cannot tell the slight size difference in the fuselage.
Some say the cockpit is too big. I set the Hasegawa canopies in position and had perfect fit.
There are now photos of the wing cut and the cockpit at the WIP page.