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Bf 109 E bomb set
Bf 109 E bomb set
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by: Jean-Luc Formery [ TEDMAMERE ]

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During the French Campaign it was decided to employ the Bf 109 E as a Jagdbomber (Fighter/Bomber). Successful tests were conducted using a rudimentary bombrack mounted beneath the fuselage employing an electrical release gear. Under the command of Hauptmann Walter Rubensdörfer, E.Gr. 210 was charged with service evaluation and working up tactics. Under the designation Bf 109 E-4/B the Jabos equipped 3. Staffel/E.Gr.210, beginning operations against Channel targets during july 1940. Some E-1 were also equiped as Jabos.
(Source: Bf 109 In Action, Squadron Signal)

The Kit
Eduard's new 1/32 scale Bf 109 E-1/4 kits (see reviews here: E-1 and E-4) include both an external fuel tank but no bombs for the Jabo version. This (probably voluntary omission) has now been compensated with the release of a separate set by Eduard.

The parts (a single plastic sprue and a photo etched fret) are located within a simple plastic bag and the small instruction booklet acts as "cover artwork" since there is no cardboard box. On the plastic sprue there are only 16 parts which will allow you to build one ETC 500 rack with it's 500 kg bomb and one ETC 50 with four 50 kg bombs. Some PE parts are also provided for the bomb fins and their typical bracing. There are enough parts to do two configurations, so one set can be used for two different aircraft, one fitted with the 500 kg bomb and the other with the four 50 kg bomb.

Some will wonder why the bombs weren't included in the new Bf 109 E kits in the first place. Well, since the Jabo version saw limited use when compared to the fighter version, only a fraction of the modellers would have used the extra parts anyway. So it is actually a nice idea from Eduard as it will keep the price of the kits lower and still give the possibility to model the Jabo version if one wishes so. Maybe in the future we will be able to combine our own kits online and choose their content ourselves who knows?

Nice little set which will allow the modeler to build a Jabo version of the Bf 109 E. These wearing often very colorful decorations.

Highs: Simple but detailed additional set - enough parts to equip two models.
Verdict: Nice and simple set to transform the Bf 109 E into the Jabo fighter/bomber version.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:32
  Mfg. ID: 3005
  Suggested Retail: $ 9.95
  Related Link: Bf 109 E bomb set
  PUBLISHED: Aug 16, 2009

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About Jean-Luc Formery (TedMamere)

I'm mainly interested in WW2 aircraft and I build them in 1/48 scale.

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Hi Bill If I remember rightly, the reason for the bomb rack on Hendon's exhibit is explained in Squadron's Bf 110G Walkaround. Unfortunately, I've already packed all my books up ready to move, so I can't check. All the best Rowan
AUG 17, 2009 - 05:30 AM
Steffan, I couldn't be happier if there's some way to ditch the bomb rack! Thanks for sharing that. Anyone have any information on those nasty guns in the nose? Do you know which marking this plane had (number and letters)? Rowan, I did not see mention of that, but I will check my copy. I am going to leave the rack off both planes if I can remove it from the one that's more or less built.
AUG 17, 2009 - 05:32 AM
Bill the guns are MG 151/20 with muzzle flash suppressors. The a/c letter is "G" as you see under the nose. IMO just build your favorite markings and armament ... all the belly equipment were sets that could be installed or not .. just claim they were not installed on that special day. (Famous is e.g. Wim Johnens plane that he landed in Switzerland ... found a pic of that without any belly stuff ) all the best Steffen
AUG 17, 2009 - 05:51 AM
Thanks, I will look into that. Could be an interesting addition. Does anyone make that in 1/32nd scale? Aires has the guns without the flash supressors. Sorry, I was not clear. Schauffer had three aircraft, the last being G9+BA (which did not shoot down any planes). The other two were G9+EZ (with the earliest radar array, the tiny 202), and G9+EF (with the array shown in the photo you posted). I would assume that this plane is the EF. I guess I answered my own question! I love it! But I'm too much of a "rivet counter" to make things up. I think, though, you have solved my dilemma, and I will build the middle Schauffer plane!
AUG 17, 2009 - 06:08 AM
Hello Bill Well, I should let you go with your idea .. sometimes it is nice to not know the full story When I write "the a/c letter is G" that means the full Kennung is like xx + Gx The first two xx stand for the Geschwadercode (see Barry Rosch's great work for all the codes), the 3rd letter is in most cases the aircraft designator and the last letter is the Staffelbuchstabe (sqn letter) .. this is most probably not one of Schnauffer's aircraft. The pic is from the Schnauffer book though.) Sorry, but as I wote just do Schnauffer's markings on the aircraft. More important are the correct flame dampers for the engines, C&M and such things .. as I wrote Rüstsätze and Umbausätze coud be mounted and also removed. not much of a help I guess all the best Steffen
AUG 17, 2009 - 06:20 AM
Not at all, mein Freund! You have been very helpful. Sometimes one can get too close to a subject. The bomb racks always bothered me, but the photos I've seen are too ambiguous. I did not want to take them off and have someone here say "what the hell were you thinking!! Thanks for the explanation of the letters and numbers. I had a hazy understanding of it, but now I feel more comfortable. Fortunately between Jerry Rutman's resin conversions and the Eduard outer PE set, the plane can be 90% fixed (as I said, the engine nacelles need work, but that's more than my skills will allow). The flame dampers on the kit are pretty good once the PE grills are added. Rutman's cockpit is quite good, and I'm 50% finished with a sM array. Schattonmodelbau is sending me the late radar array for one kit, and I'll use the kit radar for the second, earlier plane. Im Gegenteil.
AUG 17, 2009 - 06:27 AM
Well, again one small remark. The flame dampers: on one of Schnauffer's machines were different types installed. These are not of the late (curved end) style, but are straight ... we should probably move this whole thing to your thread .. I just noticed that we are clogging up Jean-Lucs kit report on the Eduard aramament set for the 109 ... sorry ...
AUG 17, 2009 - 06:47 AM
Do you have a photo? Moi, aussi, Jean-Luc. Je suis desole.
AUG 17, 2009 - 07:09 AM
No problem on my side... very interesting read! Jean-Luc
AUG 17, 2009 - 07:55 AM

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