Cutting Edge Modelworks

1/48 Bf-109D decal sheet

Product # CED48265 for $8.99

Product Article by Steve Bamford on July 16 2004

 

 

 

This latest decal sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks features four Bf-109's.  The recommended kit is either the Hobbycraft Bf-109 B/C/D or the Academy Bf-109 B/C/D.

The first aircraft is a Bf-109D-1 was flown by Hptm Gotthard Handrick Kommandeur J/88 in August 1938.  This is a pre-war paint scheme of overall RLM 62 on topside and RLM 65 on the underside.  The wing tips and rudder  are white with the rudder having a big black diagonal cross.  The spinner is white and carries the Olympic rings.  Hptm Gotthard Handrick was a Gold edal winnr at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, so that is the reason for the Olympic rings on his prop spinner.  On the opposite side of the spinner the inscription reads 1940? and refers to his possible chances of winning a Olympic medal at the scheduled 1940 games in Tokyo.  Markings on the side of the fuselage include a black top Hat and the numbers '6 56' with solid black circles for national insignias with what appears to be a stylized lower case 'h' in the centre of the national insignias.

The second aircraft is a  Bf-109D-1 of 10.(N)/JG 26  flown by Johannes "Macki" Steinhoff in Norway, Jever in 1940.  This is a early-war paint scheme of overall RLM 71/02 on top and RLM 65 on the sides and underside.  The spinner is green and has a white or rLM 65 band next to the engine cowl.  There are large white 'N 7' on the side of the fuselage.

The third aircraft is a Bf-109D-1 of 12.(N)/JG 2  flown in Norway, in 1940.  This is a early-war paint scheme of overall RLM 71/02 on top and RLM 65 on the sides and underside.  The spinner is green.  There are large yellow 'N 11' on the side of the fuselage.

The fourth aircraft is a Bf-109D-1 of 1./ZG 2  flown in August, in 1939.  This is a early-war paint scheme of overall RLM ?/70 on top and RLM 65 on the sides and underside.  The spinner is green with a white tip.  There are large white '2' on the side of the fuselage.  Artwork includes a black hand print on a solid white circle on the engine cowl as well as an odd looking (Goblin?) character in a red circle....see scan at the top left of this review.  

The bands on the rear fuselage are green/white/green.

The decals are flawless and clearly printed with perfect registration. 

I highly recommend this sheet to anyone interested in early Bf-109's or with a passion for the Olympics.

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I would like to thank Cutting Edge Modelworks for providing me with this review sample.

Steve

Photos and text by Steve Bamford