Eagle Strike 48-045: Augsburg's Flyers pt 1

Units: Various




Scott Van Aken

 This particular sheet continues with Aeromaster/Eagle Strike's onslaught of Bf-109 decal sheets. Are there too many of these on the market? Well, to be totally honest, the market is pretty well saturated with them, but the popularity of the aircraft is unmistakable and as long as the demand is there, you'll see more sheets. That brings up the question of where do the references come from. Well, many of these newer sheets come from sources that are unpublished. Some are from photo collectors and some from the families of the pilots who have kindly offered copies of well worn photos to be used. That means that for buyers, there is no ready reference to check the authenticity of the scheme. It also means that often the total scheme comes from just a section of the plane shown in the photos. There is some debate as to whether this is the right way of doing things. After all, decal makers have been known to get it wrong, or at least only partially right. If you are in such a quandary, then you need to step back and look at what this hobby means to you. If your requirements are for total accuracy in all respects, then most of these sheets are not for you as often all they have to go on is one side of the plane and have to take an educated guess as to the wings and other side based on a number of research factors. However, if you are satisfied that what is there is the best that is available at the time, then you'll have a nice collection of 109s on the shelf!

This particular sheet has basically Eastern Front planes in it. All have RLM 74/75/76 camo schemes to some extent or another, though the mottling is different. All have yellow rear fuselage bands, some have the lower cowl and some have the lower wing tips in yellow (RLM 04) as well.

First is yellow 11, a Bf-109G-6 from 6./JG 52 in mid 1944. It has a personal marking under the cockpit

Yellow 3, a Bf-109G-4 is a bit different from the others. This early 1943 aircraft has a yellow rudder and rather small aircraft number. It also has a personal marking.

From 15./JG 51 comes black 1. This 109F-4 was flown by one of the many volunteer staffeln in the Luftwaffe in late 1942. In particular this one is from a group of Spanish volunteers. It has full Eastern front markings.

Finally, Brown 13 with a somewhat worn winter white temporary camo scheme. The aircraft is a 109F-4 of 1./JG 54 during the winter of 1941/42.

There are available kits for the 109G from Arii, Hasegawa, Fujimi, and Hobbycraft, to name a few. For the F you are pretty well limited to Airfix and Hasegawa.

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