Luftwaffe Liaison: 1/48th Eduard Bf 108B Taifun
Updated: Sep 20, 2021
This Eduard kit is a nice straight-forward build that produces a good looking model for your display area. This is the original 2002 release of the kit. Eduard has re-released this kit a number of times, including two Profipack boxings with extras (in 2002 and 2009) and three Weekend Editions (2004, 2006, and 2010) with a number of different markings.
Notable Kit Features:
Detailed cockpit interior
Argus engine included
Nice recessed surface panel lines and detailing
Good parts fit
Typically reasonably priced
Colour-printed photo-etch available in some releases (but not this one)
This aircraft has not been widely produced by kit manufactures but luckily this Eduard kit is a gem. I had passed up building this kit a few times however after deciding on a WWII desert war group, this kit was definitely in, with its map of Africa on the side.
The build was pretty smooth going for me, although some have had problems aligning the fuselage and wing assemblies
Cockpit glass molded as one-piece only (so no open cockpit option to show off your work... unless you are willing to modify the canopy yourself)
No provision for positionable cowling (as the engine is there in detail, you may have wanted to open it up.. and you can, if you are willing to do some scratch build work)
All control surfaces molded fixed in neutral position (break out your razor saws as you see fit)
Kit Additions / Modifications:
Added seatbelts to the interior
Note: I went the easy route with this one :)
I finished my Bf 108 in the standard RLM desert colours of 78/79/80. Markings are of Theo Blaich's aircraft used in the raid on French held Fort Lamy, N'Djamena, Chad 21JA42.
The After-Build Report on this Taifun kit is that I would definitely recommend it. The Eduard model is well engineered with good fit and low parts count, which makes for a decent build for modelers of most any skill level. The only caution I have is that the separate engine may be a bit much for a beginner (or if you just want a quick build) because if you ditch this step the engine is somewhat visible through the front cowl opening so there will be a bit of a void here.
Completed build #233 - April 2020 using the 1/48th scale Eduard #8052 kit.
Keep on building, gain experience, challenge yourself if you like, but try not to stress yourself out over the build - it is suppose to be an enjoyable hobby after all - Cheers