The Bf 109G-6 was a further development of the Gustav series that introduced the DB605A engine and a number of other changes to make the aircraft more capable, not only as a fighter, but in the fighter-bomber role as well. The G-6 was nicknamed ‘The Bulge’ since it had overwing bulges to accommodate larger wheels and bulges on either side of the nose ahead of the windscreen to accommodate the 13mm MG 131 guns over the engine replacing the MG 17 7.92mm guns. The G-6 retained the MG 151 20mm cannon firing through the propeller spinner though one variant, the Bf 109G-6 Early/U4 replaced the MG 151 with the MK 108 30mm cannon.
Academy has released this Bf 109G-6 previously in 1/48 scale and if this kit looks familiar, you’ve also seen it before in Hobbycraft boxes years ago. The kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on three parts trees plus a single tree of clear parts. The parts all feature finely scribed surface detailing and no sign of flash. As with many kits in this series, the cockpit is Spartan and would benefit from an aftermarket set or at least some photo-etched seatbelt/shoulder harness. Assembly of this kit is very straightforward and makes for a quick project.
Among the features and options in this kit:
Choice of Bf 109G-2 or Bf 109G-6
Choice of armored headrests
Optional tropical air filter
Choice of main wheel types
Optional drop tank
Optional underwing gun pods
Optional umbrella sun shade for parking in desert conditions
Markings are provided for eight examples:
Bf 109G-6/R3/R6/Trop, Red 13, 11./JG 27, Kalamaki, Greece, 1943
Bf 109G-6/R3/R6/Trop, Stab II./JG 53, Sicily, Italy, 1943
Bf 109G-6/R3/R6/Trop, Yellow 7, 6./JG 53, Sicily, Italy, 1943
Bf 109G-6/R3/R6/Trop, Yellow 14, 6./JG 53, Sicily, Italy, 1943
Bf 109G-2/Trop, Yellow 14, 3./JG 27, North Africa, 1942
Bf 109G-2/Trop, Yellow 14, Stab I./JG 77, North Africa, 1942
Bf 109G-2, Yellow 3, 9./JG 54, Dubrovka, Russia, 1942
Bf 109G-6/R3, Yellow 1, 9./JG 54, Ludwigslust, Germany, 1944
The sheet is beautifully printed by Cartograf and also includes a complete set of airframe stencils.
While the tooling in this kit is older, the molds are in great shape. Is this the kit you’d want to superdetail? No, there are a variety of new-tool options available that feature some great details inside and out. On the other hand, if you want an easy airframe to build so you can feature one or more of the distinctive schemes worn by the Gustav in its various theaters of operation, then this is a good choice.