1:72 Scale Diecast Metal - Messerschmitt Bf-109 – Length: 5" Wingspan: 5.5”
This Bf-109 model is a single seat airplane. The cockpit is glue shut. It has no pilot figure included. The landing gear is optional, but there are no pieces to cover the wheel wells, so if one omits the landing gear to give the appearance of inflight, the wheels will be uncovered. A display stand is included.
For this particular model, the fuselage is metal while the wings and other smaller parts are plastic.
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal and therefore quite fragile. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The maker of this model, DeAgostini, did a good job with this model, specifically the color scheme and the markings are very crisp and clear. The panel lines and hatches are very nicely done (engraved).
These models come in what could be described as a disposable blister pack (sandwiched between two transparent plastic shells and then glued/attached to a piece of cardboard. There is really nothing spectacular about the packaging, but at the end, the packaging is supposed to be disposable and with the sole function protecting the model, which it does very well.
There is some minor assembly needed for these models which generally consists of propellers (if that type), antennas, landing gears and wheel well covers. Although minor assembly, one needs to be quite careful and patient since these are usually very small parts and therefore very delicate that can easily break or bent out of shape. One just needs to open the pack and display it (or play with it).
The package measures at 7.5 inches by 7.5 inches by 3.00 inches.
The Messerschmitt Bf 109, commonly called the Me 109 (most often by Allied aircrew and even amongst the German aces themselves, even though this was not the official German designation), is a GermanWorld War II fighter aircraft designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Robert Lusser during the early to mid-1930s. The "Bf 109" designation was issued by the German ministry of aviation and represents the developing company Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (at which the engineer Messerschmitt led the development of the plane) and a rather arbitrary figure. It was one of the first truly modern fighters of the era, including such features as all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, and retractable landing gear. It was powered by a liquid-cooled, inverted-V12 aero engine.
The Bf 109 first saw operational service during the Spanish Civil War and was still in service at the dawn of the jet age at the end of World War II, during which time it was the backbone of the Luftwaffe's fighter force. From the end of 1941, the Bf 109 was steadily being supplemented by the superior Focke-Wulf Fw 190.