Eduard 1/48 Wilde Sau Bf109G-6 JG 301, JG 302 Decals
This exciting decal sheet is for Eduard's Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 kit. It covers 5 colorful “Wilde Sau” (wild boar) night fighters from JG 301 and JG 302. All 5 aircraft are painted in the standard mid War RLM 74/75/76 camouflage and on all 5 the lower surface RLM 76 Light Blue wraps over the wing leading edges with a wavy pattern. The aircraft are as follows:
1) “Yellow 1”, 9./JG 301, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, December 1943. This G-6/R-6 had the under wing MG 151/20MM gondola cannon and it had a dense mottle of the upper surface colors and an RLM 04 Yellow spinner with an RLM 70 Dark Green/white backing plate.
2) “Red 29”, 2./JG 302, Helsinki-Malmi, Finland, December 1944. This G-6/R-6 had the under wing MG 151/20MM gondola cannon and a little mottle of the upper surface colors and an RLM 04 Yellow rudder, RLM 70 Dark Green/white spinner and backing plate. The port wing underside was black and the entire upper surfaces had an over spray of white distemper paint in a random “swirl” pattern.
3) “Yellow 1”, flown by Lt. Günther Sinnecker, 6./JG 302, Ludwiglust, Germany, June 1944. This G-6 had the tall “Late” fin and rudder and an RLM 23 Red fuselage band. The spinner was black with a wide white spiral and an RLM 70 Dark Green/white backing plate. The exhausts had large shrouds to reduce exhaust glare.
4) “Black 8”, 2. /JG 302, Helsinki-Malmi, Finland, February 1944. This Bf109G/R-6 carried the under MG 151/20MM cannon and RLM 04 Yellow lower cowl, fuselage, wing tips and rudder. The oil cooler was white and the spinner and backing plate were RLM 70 Dark Green and white. The aircraft number may have been red rather than black so the sheet includes these as an option.
5)“Yellow 3”, 9./JG 301, Zerbst, Germany, Spring 1944. This 109 had a dense mottling of the upper surface colors and an RLM 23 Red fuselage band. The fuselage Balkenkreuz had an RLM 74 “fill”, the spinner was black with a wide yellow spiral with an RLM 70/white backing plate and the exhausts had large shrouds to reduce glare.
The decals are up to Eduard’s customary standards. They are crisply printed, fully legible, in register and have excellent color.
The Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 was usually painted in rather monotonous RLM 74/75/76 camouflage so I'm always excited to have more colorful decal options for this Luftwaffe workhorse. If you're looking for something different in a Bf109G-6 camouflage scheme you'll find 5 of them on this great decal sheet. I recommend this sheet and I would like to thank Eduard for the review sample.
Print: Messerschmitt Bf109 in action Part 2, Aircraft Number 57, by John R. Beaman, Jr., Squadron/Signal Publications, 1983