Bf 109E Airframe Upgrade
Reviewed by Brett Green
Teknics Bf 109E Airframe Upgrade Set is a very comprehensive upgrade in resin, brass and acetate.
The centrepiece of this set is the replacement nose. In addition to correcting the engine cowling contours, the solid resin replacement part adds some really nice additional detail. For example, the small rectangular vents near the front of the cowl are undercut and reveal engine detail underneath! The exhaust stacks are moulded as part of the nose and are hollowed out. A separate engine air intake has optional brass parts to produce a tropical filter.
The nose is presented in front of a fairly chunky casting plug. It looks as though this plug should need only minor trimming - it should slip inside the kit fuselage halves creating a secure bond.
The set also includes all new control surfaces (the horizontal tail is completely replaced with separate elevators) boasting lovely, restrained fabric and stitching detail. Replacement flaps are also supplied.
A new oil cooler is also worth mentioning, made up of six resin and brass parts.
The undercarriage also gets the treatment. New resin mainwheels are supplemented with brass gear doors, oleo scissors and other tiny details. The brass parts representing the stitched fabric main gear liners are a very nice touch.
The remaining parts include a bombrack; 250kg bomb in resin and brass; a very nice resin drop tank featuring detailed mounting points; brass radiator faces and flaps; plus a brass/acetate canopy - although assembling this last part looks like a sure recipe for madness! Two styles of command pennants are also supplied.
Quality of resin casting is generally very good with crisp detail. The only real problem is that one of the mainwheels has two big holes on its circumference.
Instructions are okay, but some more detail drawings or written descriptions would help less experienced modeller with some of the more complex subassemblies.
This set represents good value considering the amount of usable detail and correction parts. If you have some experience working with brass and resin, it is well worth considering this set for your Bf 109E superdetailing project!
Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample
Teknics multi-media accessories are available at Meteor Productions Website
Review Copyright © 1999 by Brett Green