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MAQ-7236 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf-109G-10/R2 German WW2 fighter model kit

Maquette MAQ-7236 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf-109G-10/R2 German WW2 fighter model kit
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MAQ-7236 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf-109G-10/R2 German WW2 fighter model kit

Maquette 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf-109G-10/R2 German WW2 fighter model kit. Pic.1
Maquette 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf-109G-10/R2 German WW2 fighter model kit. Pic.1

On the eve of the German invasion to the Soviet Union the aircraft designers in Augsburg commenced the creation of the new modification of their fighter - Bf-109G, which was fated to become the most numerous mark of this fighter.
The installation of the more powerful DB-605 engine required overall re-enforcement of the airframe and resulted in the increase of weight. This lead to the introduction of new more rigid undercarriage legs. But the developers considered the deterioration of flight characteristics of series G fighters as a good price for the increase in speed. As a result when the first fighters of G modification were delivered to the frontline many of more experienced pilots evaluated the new machine as a certain "step back". And though initially G fighters looked exactly as Bf-109F and carried the same armament, its introduction started the constant increase in the weight of every new modification, which had impact on the planes maneuverability and other flying characteristics.
In the beginning of spring 1944 the mass production of Bf-109G-10 began. The new plane has received a new BB-605D engine with more powerful compressor and higher compression rate (increased from 7.3/7.5 to8.3/8.5). The engine generated 1800 horsepower at take off and 1530 hp at the height of 6000 meters when C3 96 octane gasoline was used. When injection of MW 50 was used alongside with C3 gasoline the take off power reached 2000 hp and 1800 hp at the height of 5100 meters (for DB605DC). The armament of the fighter consisted of 20-mm MG 151 cannon with 150 rounds or 30 mm MK 108 canon with 60 rounds, and two synchronized 13 mm MG 131 machine guns with 300 rounds each. Bf-109G-10 had the highest speed among the G series fighters, being capable to reach 550 km/h at ground level and 680 km/h at 7400 meters, without external stores and with the weight of 3100 kilograms. 6000 meters were reached for 5.8 minutes. Unfortunately for Bf-109G-10, it was supplied to the frontline already equipped with a predefined "armament kit". For instance, Bf-109G-10/R1 was equipped with ETC bomb rack for one 250 kg bomb or four 50 kg bombs, as well as bomb release selector and 5 mm armoured plate below the oil tank. Bf I09G-10/R2 with DB 605DB engine was a reconnaissance plane and was not equipped with 13 mm machine guns but carried either Rb 50/30 or 75/30 camera. Having a take-off weight of 3300 kg (including 300 liters additional fuel tank) the reconnaissance version reached the speed 645 km/h at 9000 meters, the flying distance at 620 km/h at 8300 meters was 840 km.. Bf 109G-10/R4 with DB 605D engine carried a pair of 30 mm MK 108 guns in under-wing gondolas. Bf 109G-10/R6 was only different from the later that it carried 20 mm MG 151 guns.
Some other "kits" were also used including the retractable tail wheel, Galland hood - a type of canopy with the altered framing and the steel armor over the head fo a pilot replaced with armored glass, thus improving the view backwards.