Late war JG 26 Bf-109K-4 (1/32 Hasegawa)
This 1/32 Hasegawa Bf-109K-4 is done as an airplane flown by Georg Genth of III/JG 26 around the time of Operation Bodenplatte. Genth was the son of a WW1 German aviator who flew Gotha bombers, and joined the Luftwaffe as a “nachwuchs” (literally, “new growth”) in the spring of 1944 with something like 100 hours total and under 15 in the Bf-109; he managed to survive the slaughter of the innocents over Normandy that summer and kept up with the steep learning curve. In early 1945 he was transferred to III/JG 54 (later IV/JG 26) when III/JG 26 was deactivated due to heavy losses, and then flew the Dora-9. He is believed to be the pilot who shot down David C. “Foob” Fairbanks, the top-scoring Tempest pilot of the war, on February 28, 1945 (while flying a Dora). Genth’s son, Thomas, is fairly well-known nowadays as a modeler on the internet.
I decided to do a late war scheme that emphasized the way the Bf-109s were produced at the end, with wings and horizontal stabs coming from one manufacturer in 75/82/76, while the fuselage was painted 81/82/”84″ Sky. The 1/32 K-4 kit isn’t always that available these days – this one was built in 2005 shortly after it was originally released.
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