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Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10




S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: JT64
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Approx. 60 grey styrene parts used (plus "spares") and four clear styrene parts. Markings for two aircraft.
Price: ¥2200
Review Type: In-box, and partial dry-fit
Advantages: New fuselage accurate for straight G-10; no filling or rescribing of fuselage required; accurate cowl bulge (Type 100); alternate tailwheels provided; crisp, state of the art surface detail, clever parts breakdown, good fit (dry-fitting only)
Disadvantages: Basic cockpit; spurious "bulge" on pilot's rear bulkhead; alternate wheel bulges and narrow wheels not supplied; slight step between fuselage and top cowl parts.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


Reviewed by Brett Green



The Bf 109G-10 was the final variant to enter Luftwaffe service. It entered production after the Bf 109K, and was intended to be a lower-cost supplement to the thoroughbred “K” series. The Bf 109G-10 was a hybrid aircraft made up of recycled airframe components. As a result there was a great deal of variation in detail between different production batches of the Bf 109G-10. 

The Bf 109G-10 saw wide service with the Luftwaffe, as well as Italian and Hungarian Forces. 

Up to 6,000 Bf 109G-10s of all type were built between October 1944 and May 1945 compared to less than 2,000 Bf 109Ks..


F i r s t   L o o k


The parts breakdown of this kit will once again be familiar to anyone who has seen Hasegawa’s other 1/48 scale Bf 109Gs and K.  

One sprue is new in this kit, while one small sprue is shared with the recent 109K (big wheels and wheel bulges). The clear parts have also been seen in the “K” kit. The remaining parts are common to Hasegawa’s Bf 109G/14 releases. The new sprue includes: 

·        a new fuselage

·        a separate top cowl cover with presses-style machine gun troughs (common to K kit)

·        supercharger intake

·        deep oil cooler

·        new tailwheel with long leg


The fuselage is typical of the G-10 series. There are no inserts on these all-new parts. All hatches and panel lines are in the correct position. The tailwheel is fixed and the tailwheel opening is depicted faired-over. The long legged tailwheel is on the fuselage sprue, but the short tailwheel is also supplied. This will be appropriate for some early variants of the G-10. 

The rudder is the fabric-covered version with two external fixed tabs and the squared-off bottom. The fabric effect is very subtle and convincing. The little navigation light at the bottom corner of the rudder is very nicely faired in. 

The cowl bulge is of the “Type 100” style with the curved “AS” fairing on the port side. Check your references carefully to make sure your choice of modelling subject shares these attributes. The round bulges at the lower forward corners of the cowl (required to accommodate the Fo987 oil cooler) are also present. These will have to be removed if you want to build an “AS” version, but are entirely correct for a straight G-10. 

The top cowl is the same style as the “K” release and shares its excellent detail and deep gun troughs. The cowl has a tiny step where it meets the fuselage halves. A little putty should blend this step. 

That funny box shape is still moulded onto the panel behind the pilot's head. It is too small to be a bulge for the MW50 tank and should be replaced if MW is applicable to the model you are building. 

The sprue common to the “K” kit includes the large mainwheels (660 x 160mm with raised tread pattern) and large upper-wing wheel fairings. It is a bit of a shame that Hasegawa did not include the small bulges and narrow wheels too. Early G-10 aircraft commonly displayed these earlier features. 

The cockpit is the same as the G-6/14 kits – a little basic but easily improved using a choice from a swag of after-market accessories. 

The venerable wing sprue originates from the Bf 109F releases of the early 1990's. This means that some minor scribing and cutting is necessary to modify the wings to the later standards. The instructions clearly mark the modifications required. These generic wings feature separate slats and flaps. The big wheel bulges are admirably thin. The locating holes in the wings have been thoughtfully positioned so that they will not be visible when looking up into the wheel wells. 

Surface detail is by way of crisply engraved panel lines. Ejector pin marks are, in the main, restricted to the unseen inside surface of parts. Watch out for the marks on the mainwheel hubs though.

Markings are supplied for two aircraft

  • "White 3" - 81/83/76 scheme, narrow yellow factory fuselage band, II./JG 52, February 1945

  • "White 44" 75/83/76 scheme, Blue/Red RVD band, II. JG 7




We can only hope that Hasegawa rounds out their Bf 109 series with a final-version Bf 109G-10 featuring the flat port-side fairing and wide, shallow oil cooler. Nevertheless, this model reinforces Hasegawa’s position as Emperor of the Augsburg Eagle in Plastic!  

I have no doubt that this model will be as trouble free to build as its excellent predecessors. 

Highly recommended.


Review Copyright © 1999 by Brett Green
Page Created 30 October, 1999
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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