Delta One | Yugoslav G-6's
Reviewed by Kevin Futter
Delta One is a new decal provider out of Europe, aiming to fill gaps in the existing market. The set we're examining here is called "Yugolsav G-6's", and features six Bf 109G-6 aircraft in Yugoslav schemes. Each scheme is accompanied by a paragraph of notes, and a painting guide consisting of a set of colour 3-view drawings. Schemes #5 & #6 are combined however, as they only differ in the individual aircraft number used.
The provided options are all quite interesting, and include two UMe 109 two-seater aircraft. This would make an interesting and unique conversion project! The details for each option, as provided in the instructions, are as follows:
- 1. Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6, "White 3", Liaison Squadron, Zemun 1945
- This aircraft originally belonged to the I3/SGI51 . After repairs it was pressed into Liaison Squadron of Supreme HQ YPLA. This machine was painted in standard Luftwaffe colours: an upper surfaces in RLM 75 gray and lower surfaces in RLM76 blue-gray while the spinner was red. It had roundels in six positions and non-standard tricolor on vertical stabilizer.
- 2. Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6, "White 15", Liaison Squadron, Zemun 1945
- Also war booty aircraft from 13/SG151. This one retained original Luftwaffe camouflage of RLM 74/75/76. Spinner was over painted with red color but previous white spiral was showing though. Roundels were painted on six positions on fuselage and wings after German balkenkreuzen were overpaintcd with light gray. Large non-standard tricolor was on vertical stabilizer.
- 3. Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6, s/n.9622, "White 22", 83rd Fighter Regiment Cerklje 1951
- This aircraft was delivered from Bulgaria in 1947 and handed to 83rd FR in 1948. It was painted in standard colors for that time: upper surfaces Medium Gray and lower surfaces Light Blue, Roundels were painted on standard four positions: both sides of fuselage and lower sides of the wings. Tricolor was painted on the vertical stabilizer. It's interesting that stars in tricolors on most of the 109's didn't had yellow border on them.
- 4. Messerschmitt Bf-109G, s/n.9655 "White 55", 83rd Fighter Regiment, Pula 1952
- This aircraft was somewhat of a "bastard". It had wings of G-10 mated to fuselage of G-6 with late "tall" vertical stabilizer and early canopy. B/w photo shows dark-colored spiral on the spinner. Our assumption is that spinner was Light Blue (as underside of aircraft) with red spiral painted on. Another possible combination is yellow spinner with red spiral. Choice is yours! Camouflage was standard Medium Gray/Light Blue but upper surfaces were additionally covered with red-brown patches.
- 5. & 6. Messerschmitt UMe-109, s/n.9942 "White 42" s/n.9945 "white 45", 172nd FR, Zemunik 1952
- These trainers were upgraded G-12 two seaters with late (Erla or "Galland" haube) rear canopies and without armament. Standard camouflage (Medium Gray/Light Blue) and markings. Darker gray patch on the rudder where earlier tricolor was overpainted.
The decals themselves are provided on a single small sheet, and are very nicely printed. No printing house is given, so they appear to be an in-house production. They're traditional screen-printed decals however, and not laser, inkjet or ALPS printed.
The decals appear to be very nicely printed, and in good registration overall. There is, however, a very minor printing flaw in my sample on the right-most national marking labelled #1. Excess carrier film is kept to a minimum, and colour density appears to be excellent.
For information on how Delta One decals perform, see my review of the company's American G-6s set, where I put them to the test. Assuming the same printing methods have been employed, these will be fine.
This is a terrific decal set for those who are looking to do something unusual with a 109, and the conversion possibilities offered by the two UMe 109 two-seater schemes are fascinating. I applaud Delta One for having the courage to offer schemes for which no out-of-the-box kits exist.
If you're looking for unusual schemes for your 109 model, or have an interest in Yugoslav subjects, this sheet is highly recommended!
The Delta One website had not been launched at the time of writing this review, but enquiries can be made via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to Delta One for the review sample.
© Kevin Futter 2014
This review was published on Thursday, September 25 2014; Last modified on Saturday, March 26 2016