Battle of Kasserine Pass Group Build: 1/48 Bf-109F
Once again a big thanks you David Thomas for creating this group build, I personally had a fair amount of fun with the models I chose to build. Added bonus is I get to see David eat his hat because he stated I couldn’t build three models for this subject. I built four, I’ll buy the sauce for the hat David. Enough frivolity especially at David’s expense. The kit I choose is the 1/48 Hasegawa Bf-109F-6U, “Galland Special” which just so happened to have the desert air filters attached to the sprues. Leave off the two 20MM cannons add the filters and I have a desert Friedrich. The subject I chose was Franz Stigler, who as a young boy from Bavaria along with his brother was fascinated with flying and joined a Glider Club. Later they would be accepted into Germany’s “Airline Pilot School”, fully paid for by the German Government. After graduating he accepted a job with Lufthansa. Walking through an airport one day a German Officer approached him and stated, “here are your orders”, he was now in the Hilter’s new Luftwaffe.
After several assignments Franz picked up a factory new F-model Bf-109 that was already painted in desert camouflage with a white spinner. He would fly it to Martuba Airfield in Libya and join Fighter Wing 27 (Jagdeschwader27) or JG-27. After arriving he noticed the number 12 had been painted on his 109 and his girl had a new name, White 12.
It was during the summer of 1942 he noted “the men lived like animals.” they didn’t sleep in tents or under the stars. “To avoid British strafing they slept in what Franz called “graves..” six by six foot holes hacked into the earth, with a sheet of canvas overhead. The days of showering in freshwater were over, everyone stank.”
In the spring of 1943 he went home on leave to visit his parents. It was then he realized that Germany was going to lose the war. He would later pick up a new G or Gustav model Bf-109 and proceed to Sicily. Later during the defense of Germany Franz had an encounter with a B-17, “Ye Old Pub” flown by Lt. Charlie Brown. That engagement was classified secret until well after the war. But that’s another story. You can however read about it in a book written by Adam Makos, titled ‘A Higher Call.”
Typical Hasegawa kit, no real issues, fit and alignment was fine. Not much detail in the cockpit so I kept the canopy closed. I did add some PE hardness but nothing else to enhance her appearance. Decals are from EagleCals and were excellent. Paints were Model Master RLM enamels and were applied with an airbrush. As usual I used nylon threat for the antenna.
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