Kit Review: 1/48 Tamiya 61117, Messerschmitt Bf-106 G6, Part 2 of 2
This article is part of a series:
Here it is, hot on the heels of Part 1.
This article has a special meaning for me, since it will be my 100th article posted here on iModeler. Many thanks go out to Martin and his extraordinary team.
The first article dealt mainly with the kit instructions, decals, painting schemes and canopy masks.
Now I know a lot of people are saying (or thinking to themselves), “Do we really need another 109?” Probably not, as Hasegawa has the 109's nailed down pretty good in 1/48 scale. There are other manufacturers such as Zvezda (and the Revell re-boxing of this kit) that are molded with engines. But to see a mainstream manufacturer release one is very nice indeed. Especially when you see hints of things to come with future releases, engineered and molded into the current new tooled kit.
So I asked myself this very question (with me being a “109-oholic” and all).
I promptly looked at my display case as it currently looks...
and decided rather quickly that definitely Yes! we do need another 109!
Earlier I mentioned there were four gray plastic parts trees. These plastic parts are molded with Tamiya precision. No flash or other problems were noted on my kit. In all honesty, there shouldn't be any faults this early in the game, since this is a brand new release.
Here is one of the two larger parts trees. This tree contains the propeller and fuselage half parts, along with some other things.
This next photo shows the other larger parts tree. This tree has the one piece lower wing.
There are two remaining gray parts trees. Here is one of them. These remaining trees are smaller than the first two I mentioned above. The largest parts contained in this tree are the upper wing halves.
The last gray parts tree looks like this, and contains the engine and other various bits.
There are two front wind screens supplied. There is a minor difference between the two windscreens. One has a larger air vent located in the lower corner. The other windscreen has the same vent, but it is much smaller in size.
The clear parts are molded very nicely. The parts are very thin and transparent. There are several gun sights provided, (that can be seen in the top of this picture)
and several types of pilot's head rest armor plates included too. The canopy can be posed open or closed.
Now that an overview has been made on the plastic parts, I will get into some of the finer details found on these parts.
This next picture shows how finely the fuselage panel lines are molded. They don't appear to be too deep, or too shallow. If you look closely on the right of this picture, you can see the two types of air intake provided. One is a standard opening, while the other is a "tropicalized" air intake with the filter molded on from of the intake.
In this photo, you can see the details present on the rudder. Again, this part looks rather nice... By molding the kit with a separate rudder, this again leaves me to believe that Tamiya will eventually release a later model 109 with the "Tall Wooden" tail, or even the other style of 109 rudder which had more of a flat bottom profile to it.
This photo shows the propeller and spinner, along with the spinner backing plate. The instrument panel can also be seen at the bottom left in this photo.
This photo shows me that Tamiya is planning on releasing a few more 109 kits, providing this one sells well. Here is the typical "short" style fin assembly. It has been molded as a separate part. I believe this way it will be easier to mold a new "taller" fin that was used later on during the War. The "taller" fin was constructed of mainly wood, since aircraft metals were becoming a scarce commodity for Germany in 1944...
This picture is cool... It shows the different style drop tank bottoms. One is molded round, while the other has a flat bottom.
Here you can also see the wing tip inserts. I honestly don't know how these will work out. I have had bad luck in the past with other manufacturers doing this. There always seems to be a problem with how the parts fit together that leads to filler being used and some sanding done.
Since this is a Tamiya kit, I'm hoping this will turn out better...
Here's a close up of the surface details on the lower wing. You can see for yourself how nice the panel lines are. Also present in this picture, are the housings for the under wing "Gondola" 20 MM cannons. They are visible in the upper left side of the photo.
Speaking of the under wing cannons, here they are... You can also see the fuselage center line drop tank rack.
They have engineered the kit so that you can display your model with the fuel tank installed or not. If you get tired of how it looks, you can change it up, since the drop tank is held in place with poly caps...
This next picture shows the panel line details on the upper surface of the wing. You will also notice that the outboard wing slats have been molded separately, and they can be posed open or closed.
If you are planning on displaying your plane parked on the ground, open would be correct, as air pressure created by drag as the plane moved through the air would push these slats closed. They would automatically deploy when the pressure dropped.
Here we have a close up photo of the cowlings. The one on top is the one you use if you want to display your model with the engine exposed. It is a one piece affair that has the cowling panels held open at the proper angle.
Should you decide to close everything up, use the bottom set...
This is a close up showing the two different style tail wheels. The main wheel hubs are also visible in this picture.
This next part (numbered F1), shows the inner portion of the cowling where the Cowl mounted MG's are located. This part serves as a support for the outer panels when the closed option is used...
Following next, are parts for the cowl "Bulges" that are so prominent on the G-6 models...
Remember the "Open Cowl" version I mentioned earlier ? Here is a picture showing the details that are molded into the underside...
This photo shows details that are molded into the under side of the top wing half. This area will represent how the interior of the main landing gear wheel well area looks.
Speaking of the main wheels, here they are...
Next we have a close up of the DB engine block. It looks like this is very detailed once the engine is completely built. I'm sure that someone could spend some time with scratch building and turn this area into a show stopper...
Here is a close up of the engine bearers or "Motor Mounts" as they are occasionally called. These look even better in person, and are prominently displayed when the cowl is open.
This next photo shows the air intakes. If you look close, you can see that one set I for a "tropicalized" plane, while the other is your standard air intake opening. Tamiya even included a closed air intake cap along with the open one for the "tropicalized" version. The turbo charger can also be seen in this photo.
You have a lot of choices during construction, so it would be wise to study first, and make some assembly notes prior to cutting any plastic.
Here we have a close up picture displaying the exhaust... They look very nice too.
The cowling mounted MG's are displayed in this picture...
This last photo shows the "horse shoe" shaped oil reservoir. This is visible when the cowling is opened. Also shown in this picture, are the cowling support rods. These were used to support the cowling when it was in the raised position on the real plane.
There you have it. I think I covered most of the important things in this kit.
If you have any questions or have any comments that you would like to add, please do not hesitate. I am hoping that there are others out there, who have some knowledge about 109's can chime in and give their opinion of this kit.
Either way, good or bad, please post your comments. I want my reviews to be as honest as possible. I don't have anything to gain by writing my reviews. I paid for my models out of pocket.
I simply want the truth to be told, and for our readers to get an honest idea of what to expect should they decide to purchase a kit.
I have not measured anything, or compared the kit to any scale drawings to see how it lines up... someone else can do that.
It looks like a 109 to me, and I liked the kit so much, I bought a second one when the LHS restocked their shelves a week or so after I bought the first one.
I have been thinking about doing a build comparison between this new Tamiya kit, and one of the older Hasegawa kits, similar to how I have been doing with the Monogram and the ICM 1/48 scale He-111 kits. It will be a little while before I can do this, since I already have a lot going on at the work bench.
So please, by all means, if anyone out there wants to do this before I get the chance, please do so.
I'd love to hear what you have to say about this kit.
Thanks Tamiya. We do live in the “Golden Age” of plastic modelling.
As usual, comments are encouraged.