Eduard Brassin 1/32 Bf109G-6 Big Sin
This Brassin Big Sin set is for Revell's 1/32nd scale Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 kit. It combines 3 Brassin sets in one box:
632018 Bf109G-6 wheels
632022 Bf109G-6 cockpit
632025 Bf109G-6 engine
So let's have a look at each item. First up are the wheels. They consist of 6 resin pieces plus a set of masks. The detail of the resin is first class. I like the fact that the wheel faces and the tires are individual pieces: they are much easier to paint this way.
Next up is the cockpit. It combines photo-etch and resin in Eduard's customary style. It consists of 86 parts. 25 of these are resin and there are 60 photo-etched pieces on 2 frets, one of which is pre-painted. There is also a sheet of acetate for gun sight lenses. The pre-painted fret includes a new instrument panel and seat harness.
The finished cockpit will be quite impressive. You have 2 options for the instrument panel. You can choose from a multi layer resin and photo-etch construction, or you can use the simpler solid resin panel with aftermarket instrument dial faces from the likes of Mike Grant Decals or Airscale.
You get 2 different covers for the engine mounted cannon, the MK108 or MG 151/20. The multi layer instrument panel comes from the pre-painted fret, along with the seat harness, throttle quadrant, etc.
Now on to the engine. This is a very complex assembly. It consists of 98 parts, 76 resin pieces and 32 photo-etched parts on 2 frets. It includes open cowlings. These are spectacular castings. The cowls have great rivet detail on the outside, and when you hold them up to the light you can see how well Eduard recreated the interior structure.
There is excellent rivet detail on the inside of the cowls and they will look magnificent with careful washes and dry brushing. The Daimler-Benz inverted V-12 is a massive hunk of resin with molded on spark plug wires. Each of the exhaust stacks is an individual piece. There are photo-etch exhaust shrouds that attach to the engine on top of the exhaust stacks.
The Bf109G-6/U4 variant used the pneumatically operated MK108 engine-mounted cannon and a pair MG 131 machine guns mounted above the engine. Eduard caters to the differences between the MG 131s and the MG 17s which they replaced with upper decking equipment for both options.
The 1/32nd scale Revell Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 kit has been well received by the modeling community. It is accurate and highly detailed. Eduard ups the ante with this Big Sin set. I love the idea of an open engine for use in a field-maintenance diorama, and you can simply use the wheels and cockpit if you are intimidated by building the complex open engine. I recommend this Big Sin set and I would like to thank Eduard for providing the review sample.