Cutting Edge Decals | CED32059: Bf 109G-10 Type 100 & 110 Cowl Versions

Reviewed by Floyd S. Werner, Jr.

It was inevitable that the release of the Hasegawa Bf 109G-10 and the Cutting Edge Type 110 cowling conversion for the G-14 that Cutting Edge would release decals for these kits. You will not be disappointed.

First off I better explain where the Type 100 and 110 cowling designations come from. Jean-Claude Mermet conducted research into the Bf 109 engines and cowlings. Lacking any "official" designations he decided to number his cowlings for clarification. This work was published privately and distributed to members of the Luftwaffe Verband. Some portions were reprinted in Eagle Editions, "Last of the Eagles" by Brett Green. The Type 100 was your typical G-10 cowlings with the elliptical panel below both cockpit sides. The Type 110 was a highly asymmetrical cowling used by Erla on certain production batches. These were previously thought to be G-10/AS but in fact are just G-10s manufactured by Erla. These aircraft were issued to the Regia Aeronautica and the Luftwaffe. The Luftwaffe seems to have issued them to JG300 and the bomber units converting to fighters. The interesting thing is that the Type 110 could have either large or small wing bulges and long or short tail wheels. There seems no reasoning about which got which so check your sources.

This sheet includes three aircraft. The first which was my favorite is "Lumpi", a type 110 cowling G-10 from 2/JG300. It sports a rust red RVD band full color crosses and a little dachshund chewing on a B-17 under the cockpit. This particular aircraft had small bulges on the wings and a small tail wheel. Sporting a RLM75/83 paint scheme with dark green touch ups it makes into a very nice aircraft.

The next machine is "Yellow 11" from JG52 and is a type 110 airplane. Painted in overall RLM 81 or 83 with a 76 underside, this plane is illustrated in the Prien and Rodeike book Messerschmitt Bf 109F, G, and K. Overall a very dark airplane, this machine has some peculiarities about it. It has smaller than normal wing crosses and there placement is further out on the wings. These non-standard crosses are included but don't use them on a "normal" airplane as they are about 10% smaller. The colors are something that we haven't seen in a late war airplane previously in decal form.

The final aircraft is a JG300 machine with a replacement forward cowling. The colors of RLM 81 or 83 makes for a dark machine but the "Yellow 5" and light blue-white-light blue RVD band along with the replacement cowlings makes for a colorful aircraft. This aircraft has a Type 110 cowling. The green was painted over the RLM76 base and the stencils were masked off before the green was sprayed. Cutting Edge provides those stencils with the RLM76 backing, making that job very easy.

The decals are thin, opaque and in register. Extra decals are included for the tail numbers. The unique fuel markings that appeared on some Erla machines are included.

These decals are highly recommended for both the Hasegawa G-10 and the type 110 conversion set.

I would like to thank Meteor Productions for the review copy.

© Floyd Werner Jr. 2004

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This review was published on Saturday, July 02 2011; Last modified on Wednesday, May 18 2016