Eduard 1/48 Bf 109F-4 trop Hans Joachim Marseille’s 14th A/C
Despite the fact that Eduard's kits usually get glowing reviews I can always find some nits to pick. Granted the level of surface detail in mostly fantastic, and some of the parts fit briliantly.
However, some of the parts breakdowns don't make a lot of sense to me. For example… Having to install the exhausts before closing the fuse make for a masking pita and/or fiddley brush painting later.
Normal injection moulding process means that a split fuselage loses almost all recessed lines at the top & bottom seams.
It would have been a nice touch and well within Eduard's capabilities to mold the wings with the nav light recesses cut out and provide clear parts for the covers.
No separate plastic parts are provided for the exhausts with shields- instead, you have to choose between beautifully hollowed out parts with no shield (appropriate for many versions) or if modeling a machine with shields you get a somewhat clunky part with no recessing of the pipe ends, Fortunately this was the Profi-Pak edition which included P-E shields.
And the best part… modeling ‘109 landing gear- If anyone has built the new-tool Tamiya Spitfire Mk. I, you will understand how Tamiya has engineered these bits as how they should have been made since the birth of plastic models. Regrettably, Eduard continues to miss the boat on this daunting bit. Both the strut to wing socket and wheel to strut joints are loose and vague, requiring slow setting adhesives (Testors Clear Parts Cement saved my sorry keyster), while manipulating blobs of blu-tack and staring 'till cross-eyed at diagrams, grid lines and engineers squares to get the gear somewhere within 10 degrees of aligned properly.
Having said all of these harsh things, I'm grateful to Eduard for all they've done. Nobody gets things perfect (perfection the enemy of greatness, right?), but Eduard's Bf 110 & ‘109 kits can be built into stunning models. “Nothin' is easy…” -Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull late 1960 something?
Anyway hope you can enjoy the pics and forgive the rant.