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Bf 109G V-Tail
1/32 scale conversion


UMI Resin


S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number and Description UMI Resin Conversion Set #3 - Messerschmitt Bf 109G High Performance V-Tail Experimental
Price: USD$20.00 by email from UMI Resins
Scale: 1/32
Contents and Media: See text below
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Includes parts to convert to the V-Tail; well packaged; thin trailing edges.
Disadvantages: Soft detail; will need some extra work to bring up to standard.
Recommendation: Recommended for experienced modellers willing to do some extra work.


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

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U.M.I. Resin from the United States is a newcomer to resin conversion world. A “cottage industry” producer, their first three sets are all to 1/32 scale and are for aircraft of WWII Axis air arms.

U.M.I.’s conversion set #3 enables you to produce a 1/32 scale replica of the experimental V-tail version of the Messerschmitt Bf-109.

The set is simplicity itself! It comprises a single part with the stabilizers” cast in-place on the fuselage.

The conversion is specifically designed for the Hasegawa kit. It exhibits the same rectangular “plug” that enables you to attach it to the multi-part fuselage approach adopted by Hasegawa for their big scale 109s.

The conversion is cast in white resin. Whilst the casting is not up to the standards of either Cutting Edge or Aires, it is reasonably well done and eminently usable. It will however require a fair bit of clean up and re-scribing if you want to match the same level of crispness that the Hasegawa kit that you are going to attach it to exhibits. No pin holes or miss casts were present on my example and the trailing edges of the stabilizers are reasonably thin.


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The instructions are brief and I quote:

“No instructions are provided being a one piece conversion simply remove the 4 casting “webs”, and plug it in.”

The assembly instructions may be brief but the A-4 sized page that accompanies the part is very comprehensive and advises you on the peculiarities of the machine as well as its markings and colour scheme.

The part comes packed in a plastic zip-loc bag which is then wrapped in bubble wrap and placed into a hard (corrugated) cardboard box.

The conversion set retails for USD$20.00 and the price include shipping in the United States. Foreign orders will be more and you can contact U.M.I. Resins on harleydst1958pan@aol.com  or information on the cost.

Worth the price? As with the other two sets I have seen from U.M.I. it does need a fair bit of work bit. It does however save you a lot of time in scratch building and it is for the latter reason that the set is recommended.


Thanks to UMI Resin for the review sample

Text and Images Copyright © 2005 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 01 September, 2005
Last updated 05 September, 2005

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