Sunday, 15 January 2017

ICM/Italeri Henschel HS 126 in 1:48th - Recon for Rommel - 2.(H)/14 in Africa

Laurent Freidine has just finished this very neat model of the ICM Henschel HS 126 (Italeri re-box), as an aircraft flying with 2.(H)/AufklGr14 in North Africa. Inspired by the colour photos in and the jacket illustration of the recommended book " Recon for Rommel" by Stefan Ommert, Laurent's model was built with the Eduard etch set, using Quickboost exhausts and Montex masks.

Laurent comments that because the instruction sheet is so 'vague' the Mushroom Hs 126 volume is essential as reference - for example note the absence of generator on the 'B' variant, although there is no mention of this on the sheet and a number of parts are 'mis-numbered'. The hard plastic makes the small parts difficult to remove from the sprues without breaking them and there is little or no surface engraving on the parts. Laurent describes this as 'short-run Italeri'. While the decal sheet is good, the painting instructions are vague and studying the pictures in Ommert's book, Laurent elected to paint his model in the Italian desert colours, nocciala chiaro, verde olivia scuro and grigo azzuro which appear to be better matches than the more typical RLM 78/79/80.

Also by Laurent Freidine on this blog;

Luftwaffe hangars and airfield equipment for the modeller

Hptm Wolfgang Lippert 'black <<' Bf 109 E-7, Vrba, April 1941

Another view of Me Bf 109 E-7 (" black double chevron " - WNr. 4148) of the Stab II./JG 27 assigned to Kommandeur Hptm Wolfgang Lippert and photographed at Vrba, near Sofia, in early April 1941. In this image the dates of his 21 Battle of Britain claims are clearly visible, with the last being 1 November 1940. Only 16 of these were confirmed  - his 17th confirmed victory was achieved on 22 June 1941, the opening day of Barbarossa. Lippert was shot down and taken captive on 23 November 1941 but died from his injuries ten days later. He had 30 confirmed claims.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Lastensegler - a rare Arado 232 B Transportflugzeug - daily Ebay Luftwaffe photo find #199

Lastensegler - a rare Arado 232 B Transportflugzeug seen on Fliegerhorst Zilistea, Rumänien according to the seller. Only the second or third time in seven years of this blog that a 232 has been spotted on ebay. See here for more. Winning bids 221 and 156 euros for the two images. If the new owner would prefer that these images are not shown here please mail me at falkeeins at a o l dot com.

And more highlights from the latest miro-antik sales on offer here

More Arados - Ar 196 seaplane 'walkaround' excellent clear views for the modeller of the Revell kit - tolle Fotos Arado Ar196 See Aufklärungs Gruppe 125 according to the seller here. My bids are in!

and from Michael Meyer's latest sales - KG 40 Kondor in Bordeaux

Friday, 23 December 2016

Hellblau-über-alles - overall RLM 76 Bf 109 G-6/AS Höhenjäger fighters of I./JG 3

I./ JG 3 received its first up-rated G-6/AS ('S' for Sonder or 'special') machines during May 1944 (cf. Prien 'Messerschmitt Bf 109 im Einsatz bei Stab und I./ JG 3', page 400). These first Erla-refurbished/built aircraft were manufactured at the Erla VII plant in Antwerpen and powered by the DB 605 AS engine, a stop-gap development which featured a larger blower taken from the DB 603. The bigger intake required a larger port-side engine bearer arm which in turn resulted in the new refined cowl shape, the so-called asymmetrical 'Ballungen' ahead of the cockpit as Jochen Prien refers to them.  'Ballungen' is a curious Messerschmitt term - for which I can find no translation- for the 'refined' G-6/AS cowlings. The G-6 MG cowl 'bulges' were dispensed with. It would appear that the sub-type was developed - aside from on-going issues with the DB 605 D engine - to fulfill a high-altitude interceptor role, the so-called "Höhenjäger".

The Bf 109 G-6/AS that served with III./ JG 1 and I./ JG 3 in the "Höhenjäger" role in early 1944  (high altitude fighter) were notable for being finished in an overall 76 scheme, the so-called Höhenanstrich. Elsewhere Ken Merrick has explained that Messerschmitt  -as a general rule - painted its airframes with an overall undercoat of 02 followed by a single protective coat of the lower surface colour, which may explain this so-called 'new' finish adopted by some units. At the same time other Defence of the Reich units were already experimenting with low-visibility schemes; JG 11 had even taken to dispensing with the Balken- and Hakenkreuze. That being so, the AS machines of both JG 1 and JG 3 featured standard black Balkenkreuze on the wing upper surfaces- not the white outline type so often seen. The yellow (cowl) ID markings were dispensed with. (cf. Prien, page 402-403) The AS series were also manufactured at other plants including Mtt Regensburg, although it would appear that there is no precise WNr. record. With MW 50 power boost the AS-engine was designated ASM.

Staffelkapitän 2./ JG 3 in early 1944 was Walter Bohatsch although through the spring of 1944 he flew infrequently. Based in Burg bei Magdeburg, 2./ JG 3 was deployed on high cover duties for the Sturm Fw 190s of the Sturmstaffel 1 and IV./ JG 3.

Bohatsch flew a Bf 109 G-6/AS 'Black 7', possibly the machine in the picture below..see page 404 of Prien's 'I./ JG 3 im Einsatz'

One of his  Staffel comrades was Uffz. Horst Petzschler below. 'Black 14' is WNr. 412 179. Note that unlike the camouflaged I./JG 3 machines during this period the "76" machines did not have a white fuselage band. This image is reproduced on page 405 of Prien's 'I./JG 3 im Einsatz' - the winged-U emblem is just visible on the engine cowl. This machine was lost on 28 May 1944 when Fw. Büssow was KIA near Belzig. Note the Erla-Haube (canopy) and the tall tail, standard on the G-6/AS.

Below; Bf 109 G-6/AS W.Nr. unknown "Schwarze 27", 2./JG 3

Seen near Cormeilles-en-Vexin, Summer 1944. Source: Collection Col. Reginald Franklin Conroy Vance, via Tom Barnes,

H Models Decals have a small sheet of black Kennziffer for these high altitude day fighter interceptor machines in their "Nachtjagdgruppe" series - well that's H Models Decals for you!

More overall blue Bf 109 schemes by H-Models Decals here

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

more Luftwaffe Seaplanes - daily Ebay photo find #198

more from Oliver Rogge's current Ebay sales - He 59 Seenot air-sea rescue and He 115 at Schellingwoude.

Rare internal view of a Küstenfliegergruppe 106 He 115
Also on this blog -  a He 115 pilot recounts a combat sortie against convoy PQ 17 here

Me110 ZG 76 Haifisch Geschwader beim Start, Fw 190 Ergänzungs-Schlachtgruppe SG 152 - daily Ebay photo find #197

via Olivier Rogge Ebay sales

Me110 C/D ZG 76 Haifisch Geschwader beim Start

according to the seller a selection of FW 190 F/ G from the Ergänzungs-Schlachtgruppe, ( Micky-Maus Staffelwappen

"Triangle B" below was published by C.Ehrengardt in a recent Aerojournal "Fw 190 Jabo special" reviewed on this blog here. This machine is labelled as WNr. 1112 Fw 190 A-5 from 1./SG 152 early advanced operational school unit, an Einsatzkommando went to Italy and flew sorties around Monte Cassino and Anzio. I./SG 152 was established from the  Ergänzungs-Schlachtgruppe at Debkin Irena in November 1943 under Hptm. Karl Kennel

On offer here