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My 109 Addiction: Bf109G6 in 1/48: Build-off! Complete

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Learning some good times from Matt and still enjoying the progress here. It's amazing how much difference there is between these two kits.

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Hello Everyone,

    I've finally finished the build and the comparison.  Both kits have a lot to offer and are worthy of anybody's time or effort.  It just depends on what you want, really.  The Eduard kit is the winner when it comes to surface detail.  The Tamiya kit the winner if you want it to have all of the correct angles without the use of a protractor.   I didn't use a protractor, so the Eduard sits taller than the Tamiya.  The Tamiya decals are nice.  Nicer than Tamiya decals were a few years ago.

Most of the Eduard decals are nice.  A few of the smaller stencils have a white border around them.  You'll see them on the top cowling and the tail lifting points of the Eduard which carries Barkhorn's markings.  The Tamiya kit was more expensive.  But once you get the detail sets for the Eduard, the prices come closer.  I enjoyed assembling the Tamiya kit more than the Eduard.  It seemed more fun and less labor intensive.  That's my two cents on the comparison.

 

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The Spinner of the Eduard kit appears a bit beefier than the Tamiya kit.  They are nose-to-nose here.

 

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All parts of the G6's being equal, Eduard has a huge lead in variants in production.  Will Tamiya pump out a G-5 or G-14?  Will Tamiya make Erla variants?  Who can say.

 

Thanks you for looking.  I hope you've enjoyed this build log.

 

Gaz

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I seriously doubt Tamiya is going to do a whole lot of variants.  They've obviously tooled the kit to allow for at least a tall tail, but then again, their F-16C was obviously tooled to allow for a two seater, and the Detail Up set has two sets of seat belts.  And over a decade later we're still waiting for an F-16D.  I'm not holding my breath.  Meantime, there are lots of parts in Eduard and Zvezda kits that can be used to modify the Tamiya kit.

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Man oh man oh man! I've half a mind to purchase the Tamiya kit after watching this thread. I really appreciate you taking the time to share all of these insights and knowledge. Great work on both of these modern art masterpieces Gazz. You da man.

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What an enjoyable build. They both look great. To my eye, the Eduard kit looks beefier all round but that could just be lighting/colours.

 

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On 8/22/2018 at 4:25 PM, DonH said:

What an enjoyable build. They both look great. To my eye, the Eduard kit looks beefier all round but that could just be lighting/colours.

 

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Thank you, Don,

    I agree with you.  The only thing I really measured was the canopy parts and there were differences. of almost a millimeter  But I didn't want to get tied into measuring every piece and possibly alienating myself from a brand because of 'wrong measurements'.  I still have another dozen 109's to build.

 

Gaz

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