BF 109G14 / Hasegawa 1/48 scale
I think it goes with out saying that most of us airplane model guys, at one time or another had a strong admiration for the “Ace’s”. So no collection could be complete without at least one Erich Hartmann entry. I have two.
His records are amazing, I realize the 352 kills, plus or minus a few can be disputed, but as Hartmann said after the war, “the war was on top of us every day”. So no wonder the scores for the German pilots were so high, if they survived, and lot didn’t. What amazes me most about Hartmann was some of his other marks. 1400 combat missions, 800 dogfights, and to me one the most amazing things, he was shot down himself 18 times, twice being captured, only to escape.”Why is this not a movie !
This particular model is of a Bf 109G14 flown by Hartmann in 1945.
The Hasegawa kit is a blast to build, the only problem I found was trying to fix the canopy in the open position. I solved this by sanding the edge at the desired angle to help it bite to the flat edge. I didn’t put too much effort into the base camo/mollting scheme as the over- spray winter white was going to cover almost all of it. Once the base color was painted on I applied the decals except for the >> makings, as these were applied after the white winter camo.
It took me a while to come around to the 109, but I have to admit its now on my list of favorite airplanes. If you’ve never heard one fly by, your missing out. They had a unique sound unlike anything else, kind of like a well tuned race car.
3 additional images. Click to enlarge.