Eduard’s Bf 109G-10 Mtt. Regensburg Weekend Edition in 1:48 scale is a 2020 re-boxing issue of their original 2018 new-tool ProfiPACK release. This Weekend Edition features 188 parts on four blue-gray sprues, and 10 clear parts on one clear sprue. About 70 parts in the kit are not used in the construction of the Regensburg G-10. The instructions guide the build over nine pages. The markings come on two Eduard-printed decal sheets for the following airplanes:
- Bf 109G-10 W.Nr.130297, flown by Fw. Horst Petzschler, 10./JG 51, Bulltofta, Sweden, May 1945
- Bf 109G-10 W.Nr.130368, NJG 11, Fassberg, Germany, March 1945
Strengths: As is the case with all of Eduard’s 1:48 scale Bf 109s, including the retooled Eduard Bf 109Gs that came on the scene in 2016, this kit is excellent by any standard. This kit is part of a trilogy of 1:48 scale Bf 109G-10 kits produced by Eduard, each one retooled ever so slightly to accurately represent each sub-variant of the G-10. Eduard has really done a great job capturing these subtleties. The only difference with the earlier releases is that as a Weekend Edition offering, there are no detail parts and only two markings options are included.
This kit is known to go together quite well. Instrument panel details can be painted or represented by decals, and as the Weekend Edition of the kit, the seat’s shoulder harnesses and lap belts are only provided as decals. Exterior surface details including the recessed panel lines, rivets, and fasteners are all simply sublime. It has a range of construction options, including the positionable canopy, leading edge slats, flaps, ailerons, elevator, rudder, and radiator flaps. You can position the flaps as desired. While the instructions show the separate elevators going straight-in, you can easily modify them if you want them dropped. There’s an even larger mounting pin for the rudder, so to deflect the rudder (if that is what you are going for) just a tiny bit of work hacking off that mounting pin will get the job done.
The decals are printed by Eduard and look technically excellent, with great color, resolution, and thin restrained carrier film. The second, smaller sheet contains a complete set of maintenance stencils for a single G-10. The markings options are both great choices, but the late war colors and lack of camouflage of the second option is intriguing and certainly unusual.
Weaknesses: Eduard’s 1:48 scale Bf 109G-10 is hard to fault. Still, the injection-molded instrument panel is a little basic for some, and you really do need to use the kit-supplied instrument panel decal to represent any instrument face details. While seatbelts and harnesses are provided, they are also in decal form (not your reviewer’s favorite choice for belts).