Stormo 48006: Italian Bf-109 Aces part 3
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Scott Van Aken

This is Stormo Magazine's sixth 1/48 sheet and they have picked an excellent subject. This one includes options for nine planes with all of them being late war ANR planes. There are G-6, G-10 and G-14 options for pilots who reached Ace status.

First up is the 109G-6/R3 of Capt. Giovanni Spigaglia of II Gruppo Caccia in November 1944. This aircraft is in standard RLM 74/75/76 with the taller wooden rudder of late build G-6 versions.

Next is a 109G-10 of W/O Dino Foriani of 1a Squadriglia, I Gruppo Caccia in March 1945. This aircraft wears RLM 81/82/76 and like apparently all Italian G-10s, was Erla built so has the 'type 110' cowling, tall tail wheel strut and the large upper wing wheel clearance fairings. This particular aircraft has most of the lower wing unpainted.

The next G-10 is the mount of Cap. Ugo Drago of 4a Squadriglia, II Gruppo Caccia from February 1945. This one is painted RLM 83/75/76 and has the short tail wheel, something rather unusual amongst Erla built G-10s.

In the same scheme but with the longer tail strut is Magg. Adriano VIsconti's G-10 of 3a Squadriglia, I Gruppo Caccia, also in February 1945.

The fifth option is a 109K-4 from 3a Squadriglia, I Gruppo Caccia in March 1945 as flown by Lt. Gallori. This aircraft is in RLM 82/83/76 with the deep 'wave' of side fuselage camouflage.

Option six is a 109G-6 as flown by Attilio Sanson. This RLM 74/75/76 painted plane of 5a Squadriglia, II Gruppo Caccia from the summer or 1944 has a yellow lower cowling and does not have a spinner spiral as is common on the other options.

Another Attilio Sanson aircraft is a G-10 from the March 1945 time frame. This one is in RLM 83/75/76.

Next is a K-4 of an unknown pilot with 3a Squadriglia, I Gruppo Caccia from the February/April 1945 time frame. It is in RLM 83/75/76 and has a segmented spinner.

Finally another K-4 of 3a Squadriglia, I Gruppo Caccia from the same time frame and colors as the one above. It is interesting to note that all three ANR K-4s have a different side fuselage pattern to the camouflage with this plane having the underside color reach almost to the top of the fuselage.

This 1/48 sheet is superbly printed. There are enough insignia to build several aircraft using just sheet markings if you pick and choose wisely. Data markings for one aircraft and nose spirals are included with this sheet.

Though there are other kits, the vast majority of you will pick the excellent Hasegawa kits for this one. Though there is no kit or accessory for the type 110 cowling at this time, modifying the kit should not be too taxing.

February 2011

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