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Messerschmitt Bf 109G-14

Hasegawa

 


Hasegawa's 1/32 scale Bf 109G-14 may be ordered online from Squadron.com

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: ST18
Scale: 1/32
Contents and Media: 107 parts in grey styrene; 10 parts in clear styrene; 4 polythene caps
Price: USD$33.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Accurate dimensions and shape; excellent surface features; good detail; simple parts breakdown and construction; intelligent engineering; plenty of options; many minor improvements over 1/48 scale kits.
Disadvantages: Some scraping, trimming and filling of kit parts required; no battery box "bump"; no tall tailwheel option.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green

 

FirstLook

 

Hasegawa's second release in their (hopefully large) family of 1/32 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 kits is the G-14.

The kit is essentially identical to the earlier Bf 109G-6 except for the substitution of a tall tail assembly and an Erla Haube canopy.

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A detailed review of the 1/32 scale Hasegawa Bf 109G-6 appears elsewhere on HyperScale; or follow this link to read a a full construction article on the earlier release.

The tall-tail Messerschmitt Bf 109G-14 appeared with several different styles of rudder. Variables included the construction material (fabric skinned or plywood); the presence of trim tabs and Flettner tab and the shape of the rudder base. Hasegawa has supplied a fairly typical fabric-covered rudder with the squared-off bottom, two external trim tabs and one Flettner tab. A separate part is supplied as the Flettner tab actuator. The fabric stitching details match the rest of the kit.

The Erla Haube clear vision hood is also produced to a very high standard.

Interestingly, the kit does not include the bulged battery box cover behind the pilot's head (a feature of all MW50 equipped G-14s), nor the option of a tall tailwheel (admittedly, an irregular feature of the G-14). Neither are the standard tail or framed canopy included in the box, limiting the options for building any of the entire range of G-14s.

Markings are supplied for two aircraft flown by Erich Hartmann.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

The Messerschmitt Bf 109G-14 was introduced to stem the component chaos that reigned over the G-6, but the later Gustav displayed as much variety as its predecessor. This makes it difficult for a model company to pin down a version of the G-14 that is "typical".

However, apart from the absence of a bulged battery box cover, I believe that Hasegawa has done a good job with their combination of components to deliver a representative Bf 109G-14. Even better news - it will also represent some tall-tailed G-6s! As always, check your references carefully.

Considering the common components in the G-6 and G-14 kits, I think it is fair to rephrase the conclusion in my earlier review:

The relative simplicity and reasonable price of Hasegawa's 1/32 scale Bf 109G-14 makes it appropriate for beginner modellers, but its accuracy and potential for extra detail will ensure its popularity with plastic connoisseurs too.

Furthermore, Hasegawa has made a genuine effort to correct some of the shortcomings of their 1/48 scale Bf 109s with their new 1/32 scale Gustav.

In my opinion, Hasegawa's 1/32 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109G-14 looks terrific, should be fun to build and represents great value for money.

Highly Recommended.


Review and Images Copyright 2002 by Brett Green
Page Created 09 June, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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