Sunday, July 31

Wingsy Kits give colours to their new Bf-109E-7 in our preview...

Wingsy Kits continue with their line of detailed & easy to make Bf-109's with this new boxing of the E-7 variant in 1/48th scale. New to the info on the E-7 are the marking choices for the kit. We look at the info we have about the model in our preview...
Wingsy kits give colours to their new Bf-109E-7 in our preview...

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7
From Wingsy Kits
Kit No: D5-11 
1/48th scale
Price: $40
Wingsy Kits have added the colour schemes included in the boxing of their latest Bf-109E-7 kit in 48th scale. We will look at the E-7 in real life, then the new info we have below...

The Subject: Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7
The Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7 was a further development of the very successful fighter line developed by Bayerische Flugzeugwerke under the leadership of Wilhelm Messerschmitt and Robert Lusser, which went into production at the end of 1938. To improve on the performance afforded by the 441-515 kW (600-700 PS) Jumo 210, the larger, longer Daimler-Benz DB 601A engine was used, yielding an extra 223 kW (300 PS) at the cost of an additional 181 kg (400 Ib). 

One of the aircraft marking choices featured in this kit: Messerschmitt Bf 109E7B Stab SchG1 Chevron bar Triangle Alfred Druschel Kharkov 1943 
A much bigger cooling area was needed to disperse the extra heat generated by the DB 601, and this led to the first major redesign of the basic airframe. Enlarging the existing nose-mounted radiator sufficiently to cool the engine would have created extra weight and drag, negating some of the performance gains afforded by the increased power, so it was decided to move the main radiators to the undersurface of the wings immediately outboard of the junction of the wing root and wing panel, just forward of the trailing edges’ inner ends, leaving the oil cooler under the nose in a small, streamlined duct. The new radiator position also had the effect of counterbalancing the extra weight and length of the DB 601, which drove a heavier three-bladed Vereinigte Deutsche Metallwerke (VDM)-made propeller. 

Another marking choice from this boxing is Messerschmitt Bf 109E7U1of 8.ZG1 . S9+KS Belgorod. Oblast, Russia. July, 1942.
Because the radiators were mounted near the trailing edge of the wing, coinciding with the increased speed of the airflow accelerating around the wing chamber, cooling was more effective than that of the Jumo engined 109s, albeit at the cost of extra ducting and piping, which was vulnerable to damage. The experience of the Luftwaffe in the western campaign of 1940, and especially in the first weeks of the Battle of Britain, pointed out the great shortcomings of the then existing Bf 109s, namely their short range and inability to carry any bombs. 

 Another aircraft marking choice featured in this kit: "White 10" from Mariupol in Ukraine in 1942
Further development led to a new version based on the E-4. The main modifications to the E-7 were a change in the fuel system and the installation of an external fuel tank rack for a new external 300 litre tank. Another important characteristic of the E-7 was the ability to carry bombs. The Bf 109 E-7 entered service in September 1940 and played a significant role in the last weeks of the Battle of Britain, and continued in subsequent military campaigns.

another of the marking choices from this boxing, Green 21 flown by Josip Helebrant from JG 52 (Kroat) from Crimea in 1942

The Wingsy Kits Bf-109E-7 in 48th scale

Famed for their ease of construction and enjoyment of build, Wingsy Kits new Bf-109E-7 is in good company. This company from Ukraine already offers a few other "Emils" in 48th scale. 
This kit will have a new sprue with outboard armament parts and some E-7 specific parts. This gives you the ability to mount an external fuel tank, an SC250 bomb or an adapter for placing four SC50 bombs, as well as an adapter for SD2 butterfly bombs on your model. 

A CAD of the kit from Wingsy:
Kit number #D5-11: Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7, in 1/48th scale from Wingsy Kits contains one kit in the box which is full of plastic parts, photo etch, masks for transparencies. A breakdown of the parts:
- Contains parts for one model.
- Model length: 183 mm / Wingspan: 206 mm
- Plastic parts: 147
- Photoetched parts: 55
- Vinyl masks for painting clear parts.
- 4 different decal options.

Marking choices:
There are four marking choices in this kit, with each of them coming from the Eastern Front during World War Two - all from areas in or surrounding Ukraine.
You can see the camouflages more here with some top-down views of the chosen four options...
Wingsy Kits hopes to have this kit to market during August 2022 - that is this month, people! - You can purchase their kits from Wingsy Directly on their website...