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  1. Sorry for the delay in replying, I rarely log on, and am only just now reading your inquiry. I do not know if this one has been covered in 1/32 as a separate sheet, but Hasegawa did decals (although incomplete, omitting to include the I/JG 52 emblem on the port cowling) in their re-boxings, #09303 in 1/48, and in 1/32, #08135). Erich Hartmann arrived at the front in October 1942, when the 7./JG 52 was still equipped with Bf 109G-2s. He flew a variety of these. Beginning in mid-March 1943 he flew Bf 109G-4s, his most-used machine being his "weiße 2" (WNr.14997, with the Stammkenn
  2. Whether some of the early Series II Mk.IV (bomber) Mossies were delivered with Dark Earth / Dark Green uppers has been discussed on (Mosquito) boards in the past. F/Lt Peter Rowland (flying DZ313, "GB*E") remembering the Oslo raid of 25.Sept 1942, described S/L George Parry's Mossie (DK296, "GB*G") on the outward-bound leg, just above the waves (to evade the German radar, and thereby the feared Fw 190s): "What a beautiful little aircraft this is, I thought, looking to my right at the trim silhouette of the leading Mosquito, its carpentered lines, slender, its tail cockily high, the big Rolls
  3. Your topic aircraft was WNr.5344, which Wick used throughout his various postings in 1940, as "gelbe 2" with 3./JG 2 (where the cowl emblem originates, the Staffelkapitän Hennig Strumpel's wife was Swedish, so he chose blue & yellow for the pennant), briefly with 6./JG 2, then 'Doppelwinkel' while Gruppenkommandeur with the I/JG 2 "Richthofen" (which is the one in the Tamiya kit), and finally, as Kommodore of the JG 2 (this is the iteration in the Sundin drawing that Cool Hand included. Note the overpainted Doppelwinkel). Wick, the highest-scoring pilot of the Battle of Britain period, w
  4. Spectre711 wrote: "I don't know if this color plate is fictional or not but I like it." I admire Mr. Bastek's artwork, but I find his WW-I subjects to be more-accurate than this Bf 109G-6/AS. It's 'sort-of' accurate, but Anders Hjortsberg has a better-rendered example, based on a photo of a real example, "weiße 1" of the 9./JG 1. Note the correct depiction of the JG 1 emblem (PORTSIDE ONLY!), yellow beneath the cowl, the spiral spinner in the correct orientation for this one (and the majority of others, though not all), and black III Gruppe vertical bar unoutlined. He
  5. Uwe, You're welcome. Happy to help when I can. The Luftwaffe's maintenance facilities in North Afrika were minimal. Aircraft needing significant work or inspection were sent to Greece or Italy, the ULTRA radio intercepts have many instances of a unit being advised that the following listed airframes were now ready to be retrieved. WNr.8673 was an older machine, perhaps 'remanufactured' in Germany. The whitewall tire of the tail wheel was common, it was an indicator that this tire had copper filaments, to enable static electricity discharge. The white (paint) on
  6. As you will likely read on the Life Like decal instructions (they do a good job with their research, and also usually mention external references/sources), his 'last' 109F-4/Trop (used in September 1942), WNr.8673 of the 3./JG 27, is the one to go with the Kübelwagen. The vehicle continued in use after Marseille's fatal mission, being photographed in Tunisia with pilots of the II/JG 77 (BA photo 101l-421-2075-24, and others). I cannot comment on the seat, although this was an older, refurbished machine. Note that while the fuselage cross is of the later '109G' style, without
  7. G.R.Morrison

    B-17G #42-31412

    This was asked here, some 'leven' years ago: Looks like both your choices had the earlier (non-staggered) waist positions. Good luck in your build, GRM
  8. There's a color photo, 11 o'clock angle, of Dengler's "504" on the hangar deck, loaded. Twin fuel tanks, seven bombs (three on each - folded - wing, a larger one, perhaps 1000 lbs, on the centerline). I wasn't able to attach it (only very-small images possible), but if you send me a PM with your email I'll forward it. GRM
  9. The emblem to which you refer was that of the JG 4, and if choosing a black number, your machine would have belonged to the 6.(Sturm)/JG 4. Kagero includes this emblem in their no.15035 "FW 190s Over Europe, Part 1" decal/booklet, where it is used on Michalski's WNr.960542. It seems the background color on the shield varied, as quite-recent 'aircraft archaeology' in the Czech Republic has unearthed a FW 190A-8 cowl piece (in remarkably good condition) that clearly shows the background of the emblem in red (which is logical for the second Staffel in a Gruppe, in this cas
  10. Yellow seems unlikely. The best photo collection of Barkhorn images, Bernd Barbas' Das vergessene As - Der Jagdflieger Gerhard Barkhorn, Luftfahrtverlag-Start, ©2014 includes color pics of his 109F-4 (also on the cover), and his G-6 in the summer of 1943 when he briefly led the I/JG 52. Mrs. Barkhorn's name appears in white (portside only). As his long-time First Mechanic, Albert Kusterer, likely applied these, I can say 'only possibly' did the color change for the WNr.15909. There's a series of a dozen photos of this machine taken by Luftwaffe-Kriegsberichter-Kompanie 8 on 8.Sept. 1943 (w
  11. Larry, that is WNr.430650 in one of its several spurious postwar paint schemes. This machine had belonged to the 2./Rum. Fernaufklärungs [Long-range reconnaissance] Staffel until 22.July 1943 when a defecting pilot landed it on Cyprus. Now in the U.S. Air Force's museum collection, it has now been restored to its 'original' Rumanian markings. GRM
  12. I know of no photo of "F6+AL" of the 3.(F)/122, and with over 16,000 Ju 88s in my db, no record, although that does not mean this one is not real -- airframes get into the records when they are lost or have accidents. Others of 3. Staffel (F6+_L) that are listed include: B (two examples), C (two examples), E (two examples), F (two examples), H (two examples), I, J, K, L, M (three examples), N (two examples), O, and P. One caution regarding the color plates in AirDoc No. 2: Some are certainly based on real aircraft, but at least one, on page 24, is a fabrication with pa
  13. Agree, Gary, Lipfert's account is an interesting view by a survivor. "I'm so old" I bought my first copy when it was still only 'auf Deutsch,' before Schiffer reprinted it in English. Besides his recounting of the difficulties of his own beginning (and the luck he had on multiple occasions), his observations about beginners of either side, and meeting Soviet pilots that were better than he were also noteworthy. That 30mm gun he mentioned, the MK 108, would certainly shatter anything it hit, but was installed in some of the 109G-6s (and subsequent variants) only later, of course,
  14. "Yes," and "only-sometimes." Falcon 46: There are plentiful examples of 109G-2 fitted with the 'gunboats'/gondolas, from the North Cape in Finland (JG 5) to southeastern-most reaches of the Russian front (detachments of the JG52, even further east than Anapa and Novorossiysk), from the west coast of Norway to Egypt and Tunisia. There are also examples of them being used by foreign detachments (Slovak, Croat, Romanian). These cannon were introduced to 'hammer' the armored Il2, and had first been tried on some Bf 109F-4s attached to the I/JG 52 in early 1942, and became common on the G-2
  15. 1) You're certainly welcome, happy to help when I can. 2) My comments were based on a photo of Wienhusen's last machine, no surprise he flew a similarly-marked one earlier. During this period the Luftwaffe had ordered the Stab units of their fighter Gruppen in the West to curtail the use of chevrons ('Winkeln') in lieu of numbers in the 20s. 3) Note the source that Barracuda used, Anders Hjortsberg. He is a thorough researcher and meticulous artist. I appreciate his work because he has corrected his own previous color plates when new or different data emerges. If you do not know
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