Eduard’s ProfiPACK edition of their 1:32 scale Bf 108 contains 125 injection molded parts on six sprues (only three parts go unused in this version of the kit), five clear parts on one clear sprue, two cast resin parts, 91 photoetched metal parts (some pre-painted) on one fret, a pre-cut masking set for the windscreen and canopy, and one decal sheet. The decals sheet features the following five Luftwaffe airframes:
- Bf 108, KG+EM, Sonderkommando Blaich, Tripoli, Libya, January 1942
- Bf 108, BK+ZS, Hungary, 1942-1944
- Bf 108, NF+MS, Stab I./JG51, Soviet Union, Winter, 1942-1943
- Bf 108, 4E+RM, 4.(H)/Aufkl. Gr. 13, Romania, April 1940
- Bf 108, PJ+NG, I./JG 54, France, June/July 1940
Strengths: This kit of the Bf 108 in 1:32 scale is all kinds of interesting. For starters, the plastic is not an Eduard tooling. The plastic was produced a by a little-known kit manufacturer called the Foke Company that makes…industrial robots. Evidently, they did a model kit for fun, and they did a pretty fine job with their Bf 108. Eduard purchased their sprues for this use in this kit.
Parts breakdown is rather conventional and sensible with left and right fuselage halves, upper and lower wing halves, and so forth. I have heard some comments from the online scale model community to indicate that the kit fits rather well, and no major problems, fit conflicts, design errors, or misalignments have been experienced. Further, a good friend of mine is currently building this kit, and they report a problem-free build. Kudos to the Foke Company.
Surface details receive a “very good” rating, with crisp recessed panel lines and fastener/rivet details. Still, many panel lines are a little wide and all the plastic parts have a slightly grainy texture. A little fine sanding or application of a primer should help with both those issues.
The kit features a nice cockpit and there are three different configurations offered for the back seat – one of two differently-sized auxiliary fuel tanks, or a two-passenger bucket seat. Especially if the builder assembles the left and right canopy sides in the open position, they will love what the photoetched metal parts bring to the table. Specifically, they will confer a high level of very visible detail from the instrument panel to gorgeously pre-painted seat belts, and other features from the rudder pedals to knobs, switches, the trim wheel, grab handles, and more. In other words, the plastic parts for the kit are really enhanced by Eduard’s excellent photoetched metal parts in this ProfiPACK edition.
The kit also contains a complete Argus engine that looks great (but for one caveat here; see below). The landing flaps, ailerons, rudder, and elevators are all separate parts and can be positioned as desired. The cast resin prop and spinner are Eduard Brassin castings, and they are flawless.
The decals are printed by Eduard and look great, having excellent color, resolution, and thin, restrained carrier film. The kit comes with great schemes to choose from – diverse colors, locations, and time periods that indeed capture distinct moments in the history of the Luftwaffe’s Bf 108 from northern Africa to the Russian steppes. Also, the pre-cut self-adhesive masking set is a blessing here, especially considering the painting and masking requirements derived from the Bf 108’s big greenhouse style canopy.
Weaknesses: I cannot offer any substantive critiques of this kit (but of course, Bf 108 experts may be aware of minor issues I might not catch). The one big drawback that I can identify is a design consideration. The really neat impressive Argus engine, once built, disappears completely within the engine cowling and there are no provisions to display the engine details. Of course, give a scale modeler a razor saw, and this can be resolved. But before you start cutting, do note that Eduard has released a PE set (# 32452) that provides open engine access doors for 1:32 scale Bf 108.