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Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10 1/72 Corrected Wing and Detail Set

 

Loon Models

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description:

LO72002

Scale: 1/72
Price: USD$21.00 (Loon products may be viewed at the Loon Models website)
Review Type: FirstLook
Media and Contents: 14 parts in cream colored resin
Advantages: High quality casting; dropped slats and flaps; impressive one-piece wing; improves position of landing gear; nice detail in main gear wells; option for large or small wheel bulges; new rudder with two Flettner tabs; relatively simple assembly for a big improvement on the Revell kit; great fit.
Disadvantages: Some thin flash requiring cleanup; may be a slight step to deal with at upper wing root
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


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With Hasegawa's current series of 1/32 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 kits, and Trumpeter's 1/24 scale Gustavs due within weeks, it is nice to see that Loon Models is still thinking of those modellers with a more modest amount of display space.

Loon Models is about to release a wing correction and detail set for Revell's inexpensive 1/72 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10 kit.

The set comprises 14 parts in cream-coloured resin. Casting of all parts is excellent, although most of the pieces are surrounded by a very thin layer of flash.

The centrepiece of this set is the impressive one-piece wing. This part incorporates the upper and lower wing halves, dropped slats, dropped outside flaps and a cast-on ETC rack. There is no way that the modeller can get the dihedral wrong using this set! One of the biggest problems with the Revell kit is that the gear legs are located too far outboard. The new wing correctly located the landing gear, and also corrects some smaller errors such as adding and relocating panels and ports. The engraved detail is very impressive - certainly as good as that on the Revell kit. I also liked the detail added to the interior of the main gear bays.

 

 

Other parts include new wing radiators and separate radiator flaps with structural detail; improved spinner, propeller assembly and supercharger intake, small upper-wing bulges, tailwheel with the long strut and a new rudder cast with the mass balance. Even the navigation light is cast onto the bottom of the rudder - a nice touch in such a small scale.

 


 

Provision of the long tailwheel and small wing bulges adds a great deal of flexibility to the subjects that might be covered. The shape of the spinner looks good, and the propeller blades are a big improvement over the undersized kit parts.

I have already test-fitted the wing to Revell's 1/72 scale fuselage.

Fit is very good indeed. After removing some plastic flash from Revell's lower fuselage, the wing mated with only tiny gaps at the wing roots and the lower fuselage, even without glue. Initial test-fitting suggests that there might be a very slight step at the wing root. This should be easily eliminated with a few minutes sanding of the wing root fairing on the fuselage halves.

 

 

 

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Loon Models has created a simple yet comprehensive set for the exterior of the Revell 1/72 scale Bf 109G-10 kit.

In addition to this set, you will also probably want to fill and sand the fictitious riveting on the kit cowl bulges, replace the thick canopy and detail the cockpit too. With this extra work, you will have a truly impressive 1/72 scale Gustav!

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Roll Models for the review samples


Loon Models accessories may be ordered from Roll Models: http://www.rollmodels.com/


Review Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
Page Created 18 August, 2003
Last updated 18 August, 2003

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