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|Contents and Media:
||107 parts in grey styrene; 11 parts in clear styrene;
4 polythene caps
||Supplement (to Hasegawa Bf 109G-6
||Accurate dimensions and shape
(majority of parts the same as Hasegawa's Bf 109G-6);
excellent surface features; good detail; simple parts breakdown and
construction; intelligent engineering; may be built as G-4 standard or
G-4 Trop; four good decal options.
||Some scraping, trimming and filling
of kit parts required; a few minor corrections and deviations from
instructions required for an accurate G-4
It is only around ten months since Hasegawa's 1/32 scale Messerschmitt Bf
109G-6 kit hit the hobby shop shelves. This model is accurate, eminently
buildable and looks great when it finished. In my opinion, 1/32 scale suits the
Bf 109 beautifully - it is big enough to add lots of visible detail, yet small
enough to easily display. The tall-tail Bf 109G-14 was released in the middle of
The new Revell 1/32 scale Bf 109G-4 Trop kit is the third variation on the
basic Hasegawa sprues. For a detailed review
of the Hasegawa Bf 109G-6 kit, including images of all the sprues, click here.
Revell's Bf 109G-4 is more than a simple change of box and decals, but not
The only different parts are contained on two sprues. They comprise a new top
cowl with the correct MG troughs, new machine gun barrels, a blanking plate for
the lower fuselage (replacing the shell ejector panel on the G-6/G-14 kits) and
a tropical filter. The new top cowl looks good.
The model still includes the gondola cannon. These are appropriate - the G-4
was the first Bf 109 "gunboat". It may also be built as a standard G-4 if the
trop filter is omitted and the umbrella mounting pips are removed from the
However, for purists, this kit does not address several noticeable Bf 109G-4
issues. The instructions are also a little misleading in a few areas:
Revell supply the same rear fuselage/fin as in the
G-6 kit. The Bf 109G-4 should have an open tail wheel well, not faired over as
in the G-6. A little cutting will be required here, and some thought about how
to mount the tail wheel strut. Also, the style of cover for the tail wheel strut
was different to the G-6. And just to complicate matters more, this cover
was not always fitted.
The tail wheel supplied is the large style
appropriate for later G-4s. This wheel was fixed in the "down" position as it
was too big to fit in the tail wheel well. Earlier G-4s were fitted with a
smaller, retractable tailwheel.
The oval inspection hatch between fuselage stations
8 and 9 (behind the jacking hole) on the port side should be filled and sanded.
The join line between the top cowl and the cowl
sides is not a panel line. This will need to be carefully filled and sanded
The Morane mast was not fitted to the G-4. Glue the
isolator/base (part R3) in place under the wing, then fill and sand smooth.
Don't use the Galland Panzer pilot's armour
(parts A26, R5 and R6). This was not fitted to the G-4. Use the solid plate
armour (part B16) either by itself or with the curved top extension (part B15).
Check your references to see which style is appropriate for your subject.
The kit-supplied main wheels are the correct width
for most G-4s, but the plain hub style was not typical. The "spoked" style is on
virtually every photo of a G-4 that I have seen. Also, early G-4s did not have
the wing Beule (bump) and were fitted with the same narrow wheels as the
G-2. If you are building an early G-4 you are in luck - True Details produce a
resin set of narrow spoked wheels.
Fortunately, most of these issues are very easily addressed, but forewarned
is forearmed! There may be some other minor differences that will surface after
this review is posted. If so, I will update the list for future reference.
Instructions are typical Revell style -
Markings are supplied for four tropicalised G-4s from JG 53 in 1943. The
decals are well printed and in perfect register. They are satin in texture,
which looks more encouraging than the dead-flat silvering traps usually included
with Revell kits. Although all four aircraft are variations on the same theme of
tropical blue, brown and green colours, the markings themselves add plenty of
interest. My sample decals did not include swastika markings because they were
sourced from Germany.
Revell's 1/32 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4 Trop is welcomed as warmly as the
two Hasegawa Bf 109 releases to date. This model brings the same quality and
even more potential for alternate markings to 109 fans.
As discussed above, a few minor corrections and deviations from
instructions are required for an accurate Bf 109G-4, but they are well
within the scope of most modellers.
Buy one. Build one.
Thanks to Andreas Beck for supplying the new sprues, decals and
Review and Images Copyright © 2002 by Brett
Page Created 16 October, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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