SH72394 1/72 Messerschmitt BF-109G-6 'Mersu over Finland'
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The Messerschmitt Bf109 is one of the most famous fighters in history. More Bf109's (over 33000) were built than any other fighter and it shot down many more opponents than any other fighter in history.
The Bf109G was similar to the F but it introduced the DB605 inverted V-12 engine, which was more powerful than the earlier DB601, with more development potential. The main early versions were the G-2 and G-4, which had a 20mm cannon and two 7.92mm machine guns in the nose. The G-5 and G-6 had the machine guns replaced by 13mm heavy machine guns, which needed bulges on top of the cowling to accomodate the larger breech blocks.
The G-5 and G-6 were essentially the same, the only difference being the G-5 had a pressurised cockpit for high altitude operations.
The G-6 was the most common version of the G series of 109 and could be fitted with a variety of external ordnance. On the centreline it could carry a bomb or drop tank and it was fairly common to see them with 20mm cannon pods or 21cm granaten werfers under each wing. This gave them heavier firepower for shooting down bombers at the expensive of top speed and some agility. Despite being generally outclassed by Allied fighters, such as the Mustang, Tempest and Griffon engined Spitfires, the G-6 was in service until the end of the war and could still be a dangerous opponent when flown by an experienced pilot. The Finnish air force was supplied with a number of Bf109G's of different versions, which were still active post WW2.
Special Hobby's Bf109 kit contains plastic parts from the excellent AZ Models' Bf109G-6 kit. There is also a set of photo etch metal parts included and markings for 3 different Finnish Air Force Bf109's. You can make a normal G-6/R6, G-6 with late canopy and G-6/Trop with late canopy from this set.