1/32 scale Bf
Detailed Wheel Wells
Cutting Edge Modelworks
S u m m a r
Catalogue Number and Description
||CEC32147 - Bf
109G-10/K-4 Detailed Wheel Wells
USD$22.99 from Meteor
Contents and Media:
||8 parts in
||Major improvement over Hasegawa
wheel wells; excellent detail;
beautifully cast; scale depth and layers; relatively simple
preparation; good fit.
experience will be helpful
|| Highly Recommended
to experienced modellers
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Hasegawa's 1/32 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10 and K-4 kits come with
the large separate wing bulges that are simply glued to the top of the
wing. The wheel well attempts to depict the internal bulge, but the
limitations of the tacked-on bulge technology means that the wheel well
is shallow, and does not reflect the layered nature of the real thing.
Also, the two locating pins for the bulge protrude into the wheel wells
which are quite tricky to completely eradicate.
Cutting Edge now offers a solution to these problems with their
detailed wheel well for any Bf 109 fitted with the large wheel bulges.
Eight resin parts are supplied to authentically recreate the
distinctive wheel well of the last Gustavs and the Kurtfurst. Casting is
flawless, and the approach to the problem is both creative and very
effective. Cutting Edge supplies top and bottom halves for the inboard
section of each wing, plus two wheel well "caps" and two small release
The detail is excellent, with structural features and lightening
holes all crisply present.
The wing parts are cast onto blocks which look more imposing than
they really are. A few minutes work with a shapr knife and a sanding
stick will free all the parts from their casting blocks. Next, you will
want to open up the wheel well tops and the kidney-shaped opening in the
wheel well caps. These are flashed over with thin resin. I sanded the
top of these parts to loosen the edges, then pushed the resin flash out.
Total time for this exercise on one wing was around 10 minutes. A few
small lightening holes in the gear leg bay can be opened up at the same
At this stage, the cap can be glued on top of the lower wheel well
The fit was excellent, with the part almost snapping into place. I
used super glue and three clamps to make the bond permanent.
Don't forget to install the front and rear radiator faces from the
kit before joining the wing halves. Just to be safe, I glued mine in
place at this time.
I test fitted the top and bottom resin sections and found that a
small lip at the back of the wheel well cap was fouling against the
resin top wing half, forcing it to sit back about 1.0 mm. This problem
was easily solved by trimming a small overhang off the back of the wheel
It was plain sailing from here.
The instructions suggest that the resin wing halves should be mated
to their outer plastic outer sections before construction of the wheel
well, but I decided to join them afterwards. In retrospect, I think it
would have been better to follow the instructions, although I still
managed a good result.
I secured the top and bottom halves with super glue. Fit was
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Next, I cut the kit top wing along the appropriate panel line, and
test fitted it against the resin part, trimming and sanding as I went,
until I was satisfied with the alignment. The mating surface of the
resin, with the full chord of the wing plus a useful chunk of leading
edge overlapping, gives plenty for the transplanted plastic to hang on
The bottom of the kit wing was now cut up and proved even easier to
align and install.
I cannot think of a single kit in the history of our hobby that has
spawned as many accessories as Hasegawa's new family of 1/32 scale
Messerschmitt Bf 109s. These are creditable kits straight from the box,
and fun to build too, but if you want to build a superdetailed
masterpiece, you will certainly want to address the kit wheel wells.
Cutting Edge has come to the rescue with this beautifully cast,
authentic wheel well conversion that is uncompromising in its
multi-layered accuracy, yet should be quite fast and relatively easy to
Of course, some experience working with resin will be required, but
if you are tackling this sort of superdetailing project you will
probably have a few hours behind the Xacto knife in your log book.
I'll be stocking up with a few of these. I do hope that we can look
forward to a Bf 109G-6 wheel well too.
Thanks to Meteor
Productions for the review sample
Cutting Edge Modelworks products are available from
Meteor Productions Website
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