36" Balsa Basics Messerschmitt BF-109

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See what it's like to fly the BF-109.

A Fearsome Fighter Made Fun

The Balsa Basics BF-109 is an intermediate level flyer that is easy to build and friendly to fly. Unlike other warbird models out there, this one has a very light wing-loading and gentle characteristics. Although not for beginner pilots (for that see the Balsa Basics Cub), this would make for a great first warbird. Like the real steel, the Balsa Basics Messerschmitt BF-109 is quick, clean and responsive in the air.



Easy to Build

In addition to flying with ease, we have designed this model to go together flawlessly with no guesswork. Precision laser cut parts fit together to form the tapered wing of the 109 with the spar and doublers cleverly sandwiching each rib. Likewise, the fuselage is built up using self jigging components that interlock to form the nose and cockpit of the aircraft. Balsa fuselage sides and more formers bring the tail together to capture that iconic 109 feel in a simple yet effective way.

Please Note: this is an airframe kit and will need your own electronics, radio gear, battery, 55mm spinner and covering material (scroll down for all the things you will need)



More Detailed than You Might Think

This fun-scale model of the BF-109 packs in just the right amount of detail: exhaust stacks, structural tail supports and a vacuum-formed plastic canopy are included as standard while a seperate Extra Details Kit is available for those who want to go the extra mile with finishing their model off. The aircraft can be covered and finished in a variety of ways to bring it to life.


Boxy but Beautiful

Straightforward construction results in a model that looks good on the ground and great in the air. It's just the amount of detail you need.


Easy Battery Access

There's plenty of room in here for 3s LiPo batteries up to a 2200 (which is the recommended size for this model).


Belly Lander

To do away with complex, fradgile retracts, the Balsa Basics BF-109 is a belly lander meaning you can launch and land in a veriety of flying fields. A quick underarm hand toss and you're up in the air.


Video Instructions

(Download alturnative written instructions as a PDF in the 'Aditional Resources' tab at the bottom of this page)

Unlike many of our other more complicated kits, the Balsa Basics BF-109 doesn't need to be built over a plan and can be constructed on a standard-sized kitchen table with some basic tools. All you need is to follow this video along step-by-step:


Get this Kit with an Electronics Pack

This kit does not include a motor, electronics or radio gear - you will have to provide your own.

The Balsa Basics BF-109 is designed work to with our Speed Electronics Pack, which includes a brushless motor, Electronic Speed Controller (ESC), servos and more. It can also be flown on the slower Standard Electronics Pack, if you want to reuse the electronics from your Balsa Basics Cub, for example.

Click here to buy the Balsa Basics BF-109 with Electronics Pack included.


Needed to Complete

If you wish to supply your own electronics and building supplies, here is what you will need:

Recommended Standard Motor Size - MT2215 920KV
Propeller Size -  10x4.5
Recommended ESC Size - 30A
Recommended Battery - 1500mah-2200mah 3s Lipo
Servo Size - 9g (need 4x for this model)
Recommended glue - Roket Hot CA
Recommended covering material - Oracover

Kit Contents: 

  • Laser cut components (including 2x ply sheets, balsa sheets, balsa strip wood sheet, and thin ply sheet with control horns)
  • 18swg (1.2mm) x 19 inch (480mm) piano wire pushrods (no z bend)
  • 18swg (1.2mm) x 4 inch (100mm) piano wire aileron pushrods (no z
  • bend)
  • 1/8th (3.175mm) x 9inch (230mm) hardwood dowel
  • 1 x Vacuum-formed scale plastic canopy
  • 4 x M3 T-nuts
  • 4 x M3 bolts
  • 12 x Mylar hinges
  • 4 x Rubber Wing bands

Detailed Specs

Wingspan - 36" / 914.4mm
Build Skill Level - Beginner 
Flying Skill Level - Intermediate
Channels - 4 (throttle, ailerons, elevator and rudder)
Power System - Electric Brushless
Scale: 1/12


Download written instructions for the Balsa Basics BF-109 here:Balsa Basics BF-109 Instructions

36" (914.4mm)


  • 5
    Balsa Messerschmitt BF- 109

    Posted by Kay Ewaldsen on 16th Oct 2021

    It was easy to build, most instructive is the video. I really had a lot of fun to build and to admire the plane after assembly. Very nice kit and plane!