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A method to Correct Eduard's 109
Jessie_C
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Posted: Friday, July 04, 2014 - 03:36 PM UTC
The new Eduard 1/48 Bf 109 was not out very long before news surfaced that it is "overscale". Andy Herschell proves that this 'fatal flaw' in no way makes the kit unbuildable.

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Thanks!
Joel_W
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Posted: Saturday, July 05, 2014 - 12:26 PM UTC
Andy,
As I said after following your build blog to it's conclusion, your corrections make it more then feasible for the average skilled model builder to produce a properly shaped and sized Eduard 1/48 Bf 109 G.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, July 05, 2014 - 09:27 PM UTC

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Andy,
As I said after following your build blog to it's conclusion, your corrections make it more then feasible for the average skilled model builder to produce a properly shaped and sized Eduard 1/48 Bf 109 G.

Joel



Hi Joel,
Thanks again for your comments, with the Royal Edition issue of the Bf109G, with the version of the G-6 unchanged, I hope this feature will be of use to anyone building the kit.
Regards Andy
GastonMarty
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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 08:30 AM UTC
Excellent work! I have to say I think your mods are a success. Is the cockpit 13 mm wide as it should be? This is where the Hasegawa kit falls apart, being 14 mm (Even worse proportionally than the one foot Eduard wingspan! I found this impossible to correct neatly, cross-section errors being the worst one can imagine)... I also agree with you that the Hasegawa kit is significantly too shallow, even if it is supposedly only by 0.8 mm.

Kudos in rounding off the Eduard's squarish underside nose in such a convincing way. It looked terrible and beyond plastic thickness. Great work!

Gaston
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Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 - 04:20 AM UTC
I have recently purchased the Royal Class edition of Eduard's 1/48 Bf109G. So I decided to try my alternative method of reducing the fuselage length. I am happy to report it worked better than my original method see photos & judge for yourselves.



The 3 stages shown together.



Lines show cuts to be made. I used a compass set to 1.5mm to scribe a line parallel to the first panel line - the area to be removed.




The fuselage in 3 parts - cut using RB Productions Pico Saws( a very good product).



Fuselage rejoined without using any plasticard strengtheners behind the cut. A little filler required, panel line rescribed & it may be possible to re-instate the rivets, with the appropriate tool.

I hope you find this method a lot easier than just cutting the fuselage into 2 pieces.

Gaston, thank you for your comments and yes the cockpit opening on the Eduard is 13mm.

I will again praise this kit as being the best Bf109 at present available despite the dimensional faults, which it would appear does not concern a lot of modellers.

I now have 2 spare fuselages, thanks to the Royal Class, maybe I'll try grafting them onto a couple of my Hasegawa 109s!!!!!!!

Andy
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Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 - 10:39 AM UTC
2 spare Me 109 fuslages?

rochaped
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Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 11:54 PM UTC
Me thinks I'll use this last mods on my overtree Gustav. Seems much more straightforward than the your first approach to the lenght problem.