Aeromaster 72-034 for Bf-109




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Scott Van Aken



I have already confessed to being an incurable Bf-109 junkie. I just cannot help myself. The real attraction to the plane is the huge variety of camouflage schemes and unusual markings that can be applied. It also doesn't help that it was flown by a rather substantial number of non-German air forces.

As you may know, I have been buying the odd Aeromaster sheet as the fancy strikes me. Mainly because these subjects may not appear in any other sheet for a long time. This particular one carries markings for six different aircraft. It also has all the required markings to do all six. This is one of the benefits of building in 1/72, as I'm sure a 1/48 sheet would either not have all six subjects, or not have enough markings to do them all.

The first one is from the very elusive Russian Army of Liberation. Frankly, I have NEVER seen a photograph of an airplane so marked and so take all drawings of such planes with a HUGE grain of salt. There have been a number of profiles of such planes, but with no photo, I'd be very skeptical of all of them. One thing in common is that they have all been Bf-109G-10s, so at least that much is for certain. This one is marked as camouflages in RLM 75/82/76. If any of you know of a photo of one of these planes and would like to share it with me, don't hesitate to write!

Next is a Bf-109F-4 of the Hungarian AF in 1942. Aeromaster gives you the colored stripes for the tail and stabilizers, unfortunately, it has the stabilizer red and green in the wrong position. It seems logical the the red would be near the outside since it is at the tip of the tail. However, that is just not the case. Better paint these markings.

Next is a Bulgarian 109G-6 in standard RLM 74/75/76. Many think the insignia were developed after becoming an Axis partner, however, this again is not correct, but was done after the overthrow of the monarchy.

The next plane and those following are Luftwaffe birds. This one is an F-2 with an interesting camouflage on the fuselage of overall RLM 76 with RLM 74 mottling and a yellow fuselage band.

The 109G-6 next is also interesting in that the standard 74/75/76 camo has been oversprayed with squiggles of white. JG 302 operated in Finland during early 1944. This plane also had the underside of the right wing painted black.

Finally, a 109F-4 recce birds of 1(F)./122 in Sicily during 1942. According to the reference, this plane had the 'sawtooth' upper wing camo pattern.

There you are, six interesting markings schemes. The big problem will be the kits as from what I understand, the Italeri 109F is not that great a model and is the best one available. The Gs are not a problem with many good ones available.

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