Eduard’s 1:48 scale Bf 108 Weekend Edition kit comes on three injection molded polystyrene sprues totaling 86 parts. One clear part comes on one clear sprue. The full color instruction booklet organizes the build over 10 pages. Markings for two airplanes are provided:
- Bf 108, D-IHDD, Manx Air Races, Isle of Man, May 1937
- Bf 108, 258, Manchurian Aviation Company, Chanchung Airfield, Manchuria, 1945
Strengths: This kit might be based on an older mold by Eduard, but its still quite nice. They did good work back then, too. The kit itself is simple. I find it to be accurate. There are not a lot of parts, fit is good, and surface detail is also very nice. This includes really nice recessed panel lines and rivet details on the fuselage and wings, but one could also argue that they are a little overdone.
The Bf 108 was not a particularly complex aircraft, and the kit reflects this. The interior is relatively well represented and includes the instrument panel, rudder pedal assembly, flap control handle, the control sticks, cockpit sidewalls, and upholstered seats. There’s also a nice engine that’s provided, but just about all of that detail disappears inside the cowling when construction progresses. The two markings options are both really interesting, and they are not your “average” Taifun. The prewar racer is particularly unique.
Weaknesses: The injection-molded instrument panel is a little basic, and I would recommend using the kit-supplied instrument panel decal. While seatbelts and harnesses are provided, they are also in decal form (not your reviewer’s favorite choice for belts). As noted, the recessed exterior details are maybe a little overdone for 1:48 scale. Personally, I won’t lose sleep over this observation, but a few builders might care. It’s nothing a little extra primer might help! Finally, the one-piece canopy is in the closed position. It is not positionable.