Revell 1/32 Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 Late & Early Version – REVIEW

 

Bf 109G

Kit: Revell 1/32 04665 Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 Late & Early Version.

Price: £24.99 available from Spot-On Models & Games, Fleet Street, Swindon.

Decals: 2 options.

Reviewer: Richard Reynolds.

Notes: Montex SM32144 1/32 Mini Mask for Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 (Revell) used.

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History

A great deal has been written about the Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6, therefore, the focus of this article shall be on its service with Jagdgeschwader 5 in Finland and later Norway with a review article of Revell’s excellent 1/32 scale Bf 109G-6 accompanying the history of JG 5. The historical text is attributed to Werner Girbig, the authority on JG 5 during World War II, and my own contribution, giving the unit context in the wider perspective of the war, particularly in Finland.

Jagdgeschwader 5 (JG 5) Eismeer

Jagdgeschwader 5 Emblem

Was a Luftwaffe fighter Wing that served during World War II. As the name Eismeer (Ice Sea) implies, it was created to operate in the far North of Europe, namely Norway, Scandinavia and northern parts of Finland, all nearest the Arctic Ocean. Just over two dozen fighter aircraft that once served with JG 5 during the war still survive to the present day, more than from any other combat unit in the Axis air forces of World War II.

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1942

JG 5 was formed when elements of the I. Gruppe/JG 77 already stationed in Norway was redesignated as I./JG 5 in January 1942. The II. Gruppe was newly created and III. Gruppe was formed from elements of I./JG 1 in May. The unit had the responsibility for providing fighter-cover over occupied territories under Luftflotte 5, and also to provide fighter support for the Heer (Army) units fighting on the Arctic front in the Murmansk area. JG 5 also had the important task of disrupting traffic on the Murmansk rail-line, as this was the main artery of the Karelian Front defenders.

I. Gruppe was based on the west coast of Norway, in Stavanger, to defend against Allied anti-shipping attacks. II. and III. Gruppe was stationed at Petsamo in Finland, to support operations in the East. JG 5 had to cope with challenges that were unique within the Luftwaffe, from 24-hour days during summer when the sun never set, to the complete darkness and extreme cold of the Polar winter.

By the beginning of Polar Summer of 1942, Luftflotte 5 had been reinforced and by July 1942 possessed a total of 250 serviceable aircraft. Operationally, these were controlled by Fliegerfuhrer Nord-Ost Obstlt. Walter Lehwess-Litzmann, responsible for operations over the front-line and by Fliegerführer Lofoten, Oberst. Ernst-August Roth, responsible for anti-shipping operations. Due to the air superiority established by II. And III./JG 5 early in the year, Luftflotte 5 enjoyed a numerical and considerable qualitative superiority, and the Soviet opposition amounted to just 170 serviceable combat aircraft. Fliegerführer Nord-Ost also benefited from a Freya early-warning radar network.

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During the summer the Soviets brought in new units, including 20 lAP equipped with the new Yak-l and an effective counter to the Bf 109-F. On 19 July 7./JG 5’s Lt. Bodo Helms and Ofw. Franz Dorr claimed one Yak-1 each, and Uffz. Werner Schumacher claimed two fighters shot down. ( Actual Soviet losses were five: a MiG-3, 3 Airacobras and Kittyhawks, and a Hurricane.) In return, JG 5’s Fw.190 pilots Leopold Knier and Uffz. Hans Dobrich (14 victories) were shot down. Both German pilots bailed out. Knier was taken prisoner, but Dobrich walked back to his own lines.

Luftflotte 5 recorded 26 combat losses in July 1942, while the VVS lost 32 of its own aircraft shot down or missing, mainly to JG 5.

On 21 August, 6./JG 5 claimed 14 Soviet fighters shot down. According to Soviet records 2 LaGG-3s and 2 1-16s were shot down over Vayenga, and two aircraft made forced landings. JG 5 lost two Bf 109s, one flown by Staffelkapitän of 6./JG 5, ObIt. Hans Dieter Hartwein (16 Kills) posted missing.

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During this period, over claims were made by both sides. JG 5 claimed some 72 victories in August, but Soviet records indicate 24 Soviet aircraft lost with another 7 damaged and 13 aircraft missing, and another 4 were shot down by ground fire.

As 1942 wore on, the increased Allied air pressure towards Norway meant that a part of III. Gruppe and the newly created IV. Gruppe had to be stationed around Trondheim. A second part of III. Gruppe was stationed in Kirkenes, both to provide cover from marauding Soviet Air Force formations, and to help with the intensifying attacks against the Arctic convoys. Leutnant Heinrich Ehrler (6. JG 5) was awarded the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes on 4 September for 64 victories.

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1943

By January 1943 I. and IV./JG 5 were stationed in Southern Norway, being equipped with the Fw 190A-2, A-3 and A-4. I./JG 5 had its bases on Lista, Sola, Kjevik and Herdla in the southern part of Norway. IV./JG 5 were distributed on bases around Trondheim, and were equipped with Bf 109Fs and Fw 190As. II. and III. Gruppe faced the Soviets on the Polar Sea Front; at this time they were equipped with the Bf 109F-4. Stab, 4./JG 5 and 6./JG 5 were stationed in Alakurtti, 5., 8., and 9./JG 5 were stationed at Kirkenes and 7./JG 5 was based at Petsamo. As early as March 1943 6. Staffel (commanded by Hpt. Heinrich Ehrler) reached 500 victories.

In early 1943 a Jabo (fighter-bomber) unit was formed within JG 5. 14.(J)/JG 5 was equipped with modified Fw 190A’s and commanded by Hptm. Friedrich-Wilhelm Strakeljahn. In May 1943 the unit was responsible for the sinking of two submarines and two freighters within three days and by the end of 1943 has claimed to have sunk over 39,000 tons of Soviet merchant shipping in over 1,000 sorties.

In June 1943 Oberstlt. Gotthard Handrick was transferred to 8. Jagddivision, and replaced by the Gruppenkommandeur III./JG 5, Major Günther Scholz. Mid 1943 also saw JG 5 at its maximum strength. It consisted of 14 Staffeln; 12 regular single-engine fighter Staffels equipped with the Bf 109 and Fw 190, one Bf 110-equipped Zerstörerstaffel and finally the Jabo unit, 14.(J)/JG 5 with the Fw 190. 1943 was also the last year in which JG 5’s four Gruppen had any sense of operational unity. I and II. Gruppe left Norway and Finland for good in late 1943 to fight the rest of the war away from their parent Geschwader.

In November 1943, I. Gruppe moved to Romania as protection for the vital Ploieşti oil refineries. The gruppe were placed under the command of Luftflotte 1 for the remainder of 1943. Gruppenkommandeur since February 1943 is Hauptmann Gerhard Wengel. He died defending Sofia in combat with USAAF on 10 January 1944, when, after I./JG 5 fighters destroyed 3 Flying Fortresses, his Me 109 crashed near Radomir. On 26 March 1944 Hauptmann Horst Carganico was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 5 participating in the Reichsverteidigung (Defense of the Reich). After combat with USAAF B-17’s on 27 May 1944, he was killed when his Bf 109 crashed after hitting high tension cables while forced-landing near Chevry, France. Carganico had claimed 60 kills.

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1944

In 1944 I. Gruppe was redesignated as III./JG 6 and sent to France, and it was never replaced. In June – July 1944, Gruppenkommandeur Theodor Weissenberger was credited with 25 victories over Normandy (half the total score by the whole unit during this period).

II. Gruppe was transferred to Northern Russia under the command of Luftflotte 1, and then redesignated as IV./JG 4 and sent back to Germany in early 1945.

IV./JG 5 and 14./JG 5 were transferred to the Arctic Front from Southern Norway in August 1944. The Gruppe joined the first of several large air battles commencing on October 9, opposing the final Soviet offensive against Petsamo. When the day was over, III. and IV./JG 5 had claimed 85 Soviet aircraft shot down (among them the 3,000th victory for JG 5) against the loss of only one pilot killed.

On 1 August 1944 Major Heinrich Ehrler was promoted to Geschwaderkommodore of JG 5.

From September 1944 to April 1945 in Finland’s northernmost Lapland Province, The Lapland War (Finnish: Lapin sota; Swedish: Lapplandskriget; German: Lapplandkrieg) was fought between Finland and Nazi Germany.

A peculiarity of the war was that the Finnish army was forced to demobilise their forces while at the same time fighting to force the German army to leave Finland. German forces retreated to Norway, and Finland managed to uphold its obligations under the Moscow Armistice, although it remained formally at war with the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the British Dominions until the formal conclusion of the Continuation War was ratified by the 1947 Paris peace treaty.

Germany and Finland had been at war with the Soviet Union since June 1941, co-operating closely in the Continuation War. However, as early as the summer of 1943, the German High Command began making plans for the eventuality that Finland might make a separate peace agreement with the Soviet Union. The Germans planned to withdraw their forces northward in order to shield the nickel mines near Petsamo.

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During the winter of 1943–1944, the Germans improved the roads from northern Norway to northern Finland by extensive use of prisoner of war (POW) labour in certain areas. Casualties among these POWs were high, in part because many of them had been captured in southern Europe and were still in summer uniform. In addition, the Germans surveyed defensive positions and made plans to evacuate as much materiel as possible from the region and made meticulous preparations for withdrawing their forces. On 9 April 1944 the German withdrawal was named Operation Birke. While in June 1944 the Germans started actively constructing fortifications against an enemy advance from the south, the accidental death of Generaloberst Eduard Dietl on 23 June 1944 brought Generaloberst Lothar Rendulic to the command of the 20th Mountain Army.

A change of Finnish leadership led the Germans, in early August 1944, to believe that Finland would attempt to achieve a separate agreement with the Soviet Union. The Finnish announcement of the cease fire triggered frantic efforts in the German 20th Mountain Army which immediately started Operation Birke and other material evacuations from Finland. Large amounts of materiel were evacuated from southern Finland and harsh punishments were set for any hindering of the withdrawal. Finnish forces were moved to face the Germans, which included the 3rd, 6th, and 11th Divisions, the Armoured Division as well as the 15th and Border Jaeger Brigades.

On 2 September 1944, after the Finns informed the Germans of the cease fire between Finland and the Soviet Union. The cease fire agreement between Finland and the Soviet Union contained requirements that the Finns break diplomatic ties with Germany and publicly demand the withdrawal of all German troops from Finland by 15 September 1944. Any troops remaining after the deadline were to be disarmed and handed over to the Soviet Union.

Even with the massive efforts of the Germans in Operation Birke this proved impossible, the Finns estimating it would take the Germans three months to fully evacuate. The task was further complicated by the Soviet demand that the major part of Finland’s armed forces be demobilized, even as they attempted to conduct a military campaign against the Germans. With the exception of the inhabitants of the Tornio area, most of the civilian population of Lapland (totaling 168,000 people) was evacuated to Sweden and Southern Finland. The evacuation was carried out as a cooperative effort between the German military and Finnish authorities prior to the start of hostilities.

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German retreat to Norway

For most practical purposes the war in Lapland ended in early November 1944. In north-eastern Lapland after holding the Finns off at Tankavaara the Germans withdrew swiftly from Finland at Karigasniemi on 25 November 1944. The Finnish Jaeger Brigade pursuing them had by then been depleted in manpower due to demobilization. In northwest Lapland there were on 4 November only 4 battalions of Finnish troops left and by February 1945 a mere 600 men. The Germans continued their withdrawal but stayed in fortified positions first at Palojoensuu (village ~50 km north of Muonio along the Torne river) in early November 1944 from where they moved further to positions along the Lätäseno river (Sturmbock-Stellung) on 26 November. The German 7th Mountain Division held these positions until 10 January 1945 when northern Norway had been emptied and positions at Lyngen fjord were manned. Some German positions defending Lyngen extended over the Finnish side of the border, however no real activity took place before the Germans withdrew from Finland on 25 April 1945.

In November 1944 IV./JG 5 returned to Southern Norway. Up to the end of the war this unit formed the air defence against the Allied raids on targets in Norway, principally the submarine bases at Trondheim and Bergen.

The military casualties of the Lapland War were relatively limited: 774 killed in action (KIA), 262 missing in action and about 3,000 wounded in action (WIA) for the Finnish troops, and 1,200 KIA and about 2,000 WIA for the Germans. 1,300 German soldiers became prisoners of war, and were handed over to the Soviet Union according to the terms of the armistice with the Soviets. There was only one recorded aircraft shot down in aerial combat; on the 10/10/1944, a Finnish Junkers Ju 88A4/R (3860, GL+QM, JK-256) was shot down by a German fighter. The extensive German land mines caused civilian casualties for decades after the war, and almost 100 personnel were killed during demining operations. Hundreds of Finnish women who had been engaged to German soldiers or working for the German military left with the German troops, meeting diverse fates.

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The Sinking of the Tirpitz

On 12 November 1944 Avro Lancaster bombers of 9 and 617 Squadrons raided the Tirpitz in Tromsø fjord. Major Ehrler scrambled to intercept at the head of a formation of JG 5 Bf 109G’s, but the fighters were too late. The Tirpitz was sunk with the loss of a thousand sailors. Ehrler was court martialed and sentenced to three years Festungshaft, and stripped of his command. (He was killed flying with JG 7 on 4 April 1945).

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Surviving aircraft that served with JG 5

About twenty of JG 5’s Messerschmitt Bf 109s, comprising six E-models, eight 109F-models and seven G-models; and five of JG 5’s Focke-Wulf Fw 190s, four of them A-models and one F-model, survive into the 21st century, believed to be (at about 27 aircraft) the highest number of surviving World War II-era piston-engine German combat aircraft from any single Geschwader-designated operational unit. The oldest existing aircraft of all that served with JG 5 in World War II is the Bf 109E-3 with Werknummer 1983 that was assigned to JG 5’s 5th Staffel, housed at Charleston Aviation Services, Colchester, England in the UK currently undergoing restoration, with the oldest Fw 190 remaining in the world, the A-2 model that served with JG 5, bearing Werknummer 5476, existing in Texas awaiting restoration. The lone surviving Fw 190F model that served with JG 5 is under restoration in Massachusetts to possibly become the first restored, original F-series BMW 801 radial-engine Fw 190 since the end of World War II to fly again in coming years. It was originally being restored by The White 1 Foundation in Kissimmee, Florida, until its 2012 transfer to the Collings Foundation in Stow, Massachusetts. A former IV Gruppe/JG 54 Fw 190A, Werknummer 1227 and initially found nearly intact in a Russian forest near Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1989, was the first-ever BMW 801 powered Fw 190 of any version to fly since World War II, with its own first flight occurring during the summer of 2011 in Washington State, USA.

In the following text, the following Condition odes apply: (A) = Airworthy (D) = Display (R) = Under restoration (S) = Stored (W) = Wreck (U) = Unknown Location

JG 5’s Messerschmitt Bf 109E survivors

  • Bf 109E-3 1983, ex-5/JG 5 “Red ?”, Charleston Aviation Services, Colchester, UK (R)
  • Bf 109E-3 2023, ex-Bf 109E-7, ex-8/JG 5 “Black 9” (pilot Ofw. Walter Sommer) – crashed 27 May 1943, Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA (R)
  • Bf 109E-3 3285, ex-Bf 109E-7, ex-4/JG 5 “Black 12”, “White 4”, “Yellow 2”, Finnish AF Museum, Tikkakoski (S)
  • Bf 109E-3 3523, ex-CS + AJ, ex-Bf 109E-7, ex-5/JG 5 “Red 6”, Jim Pearce, Sussex, UK (S)

note: cockpit section from Bf 109G-2

JG 5’s Bf 109F survivors

  • Bf 109F-4 7108, ex-NE + ML, ex-9/JG 5, Central Finland Aviation Museum, Tikkakoski, Finland (D)
  • Bf 109F-4 7485, ex-9/JG 5 “Black 1” Charleston Aviation Services, UK (S)
  • Bf 109F-4 10144, ex-6/JG 5 “Yellow 7” (pilot Fw. Albert Brunner) – crashed 5 September 1942, Air Assets      International, Bloomfield, Colorado (R)
  • Bf 109F-4 10212, ex-JG 5, Air Assets International, Bloomfield, Colorado, USA (S) : note: wings and parts
  • Bf 109F-4 10256, ex-11/JG 5 “<“, Air Assets International, Bloomfield, Colorado, USA (S)
  • Bf 109F-4 10276, ex-JG 5, Air Assets International, Bloomfield, Colorado, USA (S)
  • Bf 109F-4 w/rn unknown, ex-JG 5 “White 4”, Belgian (R)

JG 5’s Bf 109G survivors

  • Bf 109G-2 10394, ex-6/JG 5 “Yellow 2” (pilot Fw. Erwin Fahldieck) – crashed 29 April 1943, Malcolm Laing, Texas, USA (R)
  • Bf 109G-2 13427, ex-9/JG 5 “Yellow 2”, Russia (S)
  • Bf 109G-2/R1 13470, ex-CI + KS,  ex-8/JG 5 “White 4”, Norsk Luftfartsmuseum, Bodo, Norway (R)
  • Bf 109G-2/R6 13927, ex-6/JG 5 “Yellow 6”, USA (W)
  • Bf 109G-1/R2 14141, ex-DG + UF, ex-2/JG 5 “Black 6”, Flyhistorisk Museum, Sola, Norway (R)
  • Bf 109G-2 14798 (VH-EIN), ex-GJ+QP, ex-8/JG 5 “Black 10”, Christopher Kelly, Seaforth, Australia (R)
  • Bf 109G-6 411768 ex-FN + RX, ex-RW + ZI, ex-II/JG 5 “Black 1”, Vadim Zadorozny Technical Museum, Moscow, Russia (D)

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JG 5’s Focke-Wulf Fw 190 survivors

  • Fw 190 A-2, Wk. Nr. 5476, from JG 5, owned by Wade S. Hayes and currently located in Texas USA. It is thought to be one of the oldest Fw 190s still in existence. (R)
  • Fw 190 A-3, Wk. Nr. 2219, from IV./JG 5, recovered from underwater location, currently being rebuilt for the Norwegian Air Force Museum. (R)
  • Fw 190 A-8, Wk. Nr. 350177, from 12./JG 5, owned by Jon W. Houston and located at the Texas Air Museum in Rio Hondo, Texas, USA. (R)
  • Fw 190 A-8, Wk. Nr. 732183, from 12./JG 5 as flown by Rudi Linz, a German ace with 79 victories, this aircraft was shot down over Norway by a British Mustang during the ‘Black Friday’ raid on 9 February 1945. The aircraft is currently owned by John W. Houston and currently under restoration at the Texas Air Museum. (R)
  • Fw 190 F-8, Wk. Nr. 931862, from 9./JG 5, “White 1” as flown by Unteroffizier Heinz Orlowski, who      examined his former aircraft personally in 2005, during its restoration.      Shot down by P-51s over Norway, and is a second surviving Axis aircraft from the February 9, 1945 “Black Friday” engagement. Previously under restoration in Kissimmee, Florida, USA by The White 1 Foundation, transferred to The Collings Foundation in 2012, and is still expected to be returned to airworthy status. (R)

Commanding officers

Geschwaderkommodore

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Gruppenkommandeure

I./JG 5

  • Major Joachim Seegert, January 1942 – April 1942
  • Hauptmann Gerhard von Wehren, April 1942 – February 1943
  • Hauptmann Gerhard Wengel, February 1943 – 10 January 1944
  • Oberleutnant Robert Müller, 10 January 1944 – 25 January 1944
  • Major Erich Gerlitz, 25 January 1944 – 16 March 1944
  • Major Horst Carganico, 26 March 1944 – 27 May 1944
  • Hauptmann Theodor Weissenberger, 4 June 1944 – 14 October 1944

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II./JG 5

  • Major Hennig Strümpell, January 1942 – April 1942
  • Hauptmann Horst Carganico, April 1942 – 26 March 1944
  • Hauptmann Theodor Weissenberger, 26 March 1944 – 3 June 1944
  • Oberleutnant Hans Tetzner, 4 June 1944 – 19.7 1944
  • Oberstleutant Franz Wienhusen, 1 September 1944 – October 1944
  • Hauptmann Herbert Treppe, February 1945 – May 1945

III./JG 5

  • Hauptmann Günther Scholz, March 1942 – June 1943
  • Major Heinrich Ehrler, June 1943 – May 1944
  • Hauptmann Franz Dörr, May 1944 – May 1945
  • Oberleutnant Rudolf Glöckner, 1944/1945

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IV./JG 5

  • Hauptmann Hans Kriegel, unknown – April 1944
  • Oberleutnant Rudolf Lüder, 3 October 1943 – unknown
  • Hauptmann Fritz Stendel, 15 May 1944 – May 1945

Staffelkapitäne

13. (Z)/JG 5

  • Olt Felix Maria Brandis, 25.1.42 – 2.2.42
  • Olt Max Franzisket, February 1942 – March 1942
  • Oberleutnant Karl-Fritz Schloßstein, March 1942 – June 1942
  • Oberleutnant Hans Kirchmeier, June 1943 – September 1943
  • Hauptmann Herbert Treppe, September 1943 – July 1944

14. (Jabo)/JG 5

  • Hauptmann Friedrich-Wilhelm Strakeljahn, February 1943 – February 1944.

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The Kit

The kit is supplied in an ‘end-opening’ box, the contents consist of; 13 sprues in medium-density grey injection moulded plastic, 3 clear sprues of assorted canopy components for both the early and late versions of the Bf 109G-6, one decal sheet with decals for two versions including stencil data and a 13 page instruction booklet in black and white in A4 format with an additional A4 colour reference guide. The instructions include a plan of the parts, sections of which are blanked out that are not required for this build. At a glance, this is by no means a basic kit. I am impressed that Revell can produce a kit with this many parts for the money. The kit is well moulded, the detail is crisp with subtle recessed panel lines and the canopies are crystal clear.

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Construction

Construction begins with the cockpit. This is well detailed with a beautifully moulded cockpit floor, foot pedals and is well furnished with the kind of details and accessories that you would expect from an after-market set. The only supplementary details that I added were some seatbelts and instrument dials from Inscale. The cockpit assembly was firstly primed using grey auto-primer from a rattlecan before being airbrushed using Humbrol 67 grey. The inside of the fuselage was similarly airbrushed, which completes stages 1 to 10.

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The wing-spar is added in stage 11, stages 12 to 18 are concerned with constructing the tailwheel assembly and the three-piece engine covers. Place the engine covers to one side until the cockpit has been cemented into the fuselage and left overnight to dry.

At each stage of the build, you are given the option to select parts for either the ‘early’ or ‘late’ versions of the Bf 109G-6. I had elected to build the late version. I would advise cutting away the parts for the version that you aren’t building with side-cutters and putting them in the spares box to avoid any mistakes. Next, the interior parts of the wings were primed and airbrushed with Humbrol 67. Revell have manufactured an excellent undercarriage bay, unusually, the wing sections are in 5 pieces, which look daunting but work very well. Once the wheel-well detail has been completed and the upper-wing inner-sections have been cemented in place, the lower wing is then attached. Once dry, the outer upper wings are glued into place and construction of the tail surfaces begins.

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As I had chosen the ‘late’ version, the tall-tail was selected. The horizontal tail surfaces have separate elevators, the fabric detail of which are well detailed. Stages 45 to 49 are concerned with the flaps, ailerons and slats. The ailerons and flaps were modelled in the ‘down’ position as they would be if the aircraft were parked on the ground.

The undercarriage came next. This was slightly unusual in that each undercarriage leg came in two separate halves. Nevertheless, this is an innovative kit although I have to confess that I’d have preferred one-piece units. At this point, I skipped ahead a little by masking off the ‘Erla Haube’ canopy, priming the interior and airbrushing the unit with Humbrol 67 before affixing with white glue.

The remainder of the build consisted of constructing the fuel tank, and adding accessories.

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Camouflage & Markings

The aircraft was finished as Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 411960, Stab III./JG 5, Gossen, May 1945. This Bf 109 was flown by Hauptmann Franz Dörr. The undersides and fuselage halves were airbrushed using Humbrol Matt 247 (RLM 76 Lichtblau). The airframe was primed and pre-shaded with Humbrol 33 black. The top of the fuselage and wings were then masked using Blu-Tac and airbrushed with Humbrol Matt 246 (RLM 74 Grau). The fuselage halves were then airbrushed with Humbrol Matt 245 (RLM 75 Grun) in a ‘mottle’ effect with the airbrush compressor set on low-pressure. Once dry, the airframe was masked and airbrushed with RLM 75 Grun. The under-outer wings were airbrushed with WEM RLM 04 Gelb, yellow theatre bands. Finally, the masking was removed and the airframe was given 2 coats of Johnson’s Klear.

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Final Construction

The propeller assembly was the final element of the construction phase. The propeller blades were airbrushed with Humbrol 91 Schwartzgrun and the hub and back plate with Humbrol satin 131 green. After drying, the spinner decal was applied with decal setting solution and left overnight to mould to the spinner hub. The decals were applied and the kit was given a final coat of Johnson’s Klear.

 

Conclusion

This kit is truly excellent. It is amazing how Revell can produce such a finely detailed kit furnished with so many parts and options for such a low price. This kit comes very highly recommended.

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Thanks to Chris and Bob Hext at Spot-On Models & Games UK for the review sample.

There will be a follow-up article coming soon on this aircraft’s pilot Hauptmann Franz Dörr.

References

Richard Reynolds.

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