RB Productions | RB-D3202: 1/32 IAR/Messerschmitt Bf 109Ga-6
Reviewed by Randy Bumgardner
So, you have a stack of 1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109G-6 kits sitting in your stash and you're looking for “something different...” Well, RB Productions may have just the thing for you. How about a Messerschmitt Bf 109Ga-6 from the IAR? IAR Brasov in Romania produced 75 of these airframes under license from 1944 until 1947. These aircraft were fitted with unique blisters on the cowl to cover the feed chutes for the 13.2mm nose mounted machine guns.
RB Productions provides the modeler with everything they need to get the job done. The resin cowl blisters are up to the usual high standards we've come to expect from Radu. The detail on each blister is nice and petite with no flash on the review samples.
The three subjects of this offering are very unique and interesting. The camouflage schemes will stand out anywhere these aircraft are displayed. The aircraft covered are:
- Bf 109Ga-6 “334” - “Yellow 7”, Lt. Av. Tulbure Gheorghe, 15 April 1949, Flotilla 1 Vanatoare Popesti Leordeni
- Bf 109Ga-6 “338”, Lt. Av. Fotescu Constantin, 1949, Flotilla 1 Vanatoare Popesti Leordeni
- Bf 109Ga-6 “319”, Lt. Av. Bores Constantin, 5 July 1952, Regimentul 180, Rosiori
Pay close attention to the colors used for each scheme. The color callouts for each scheme mentioned comparable color or mixes to replicate the necessary colors.
The decals themselves are printed by Fantasy Printshop and are very well done. They are nice and thin with excellent registration. Any excess carrier film around the roundels and codes is at a minimum. The colors look great and are neither too washed out nor too dark.
This sheet provides subjects that are often overlooked by mainstream kit manufacturers. These aircraft are certain to add some individuality to display cases and contest tables where ever they are shown. I'm hopeful that Radu and RB Productions will continue to provide us with detailed and interesting decals in the future.
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© Randy Bumgardner 2008
This review was published on Saturday, July 02 2011; Last modified on Sunday, January 27 2019