1/48 Tamiya Bf-109 E-4/7 Tropical, 8 / JG 27, “StaffelKapitan” Werner Schroer
I little while ago I took some photos of two Tamiya 109’s that I built about 18 years ago. (man time really flies…).
I had planned on posting them, (along with the other 1/48 Tamiya Bf-109 E-4 / 7 that I built as “White 12”), but other things kept me from doing so at that time. If time permits me, I plan on posting an article on “White 12” sometime over the next few days.
Recently in the “Year of the Cat” Group Build, another member, Paul Barber, started a build thread of the same plane, and asked that I post up some photos of this one.
Here’s a link to Paul’s build thread:
Please check it out for updates. If this one turns out half as nice as his Midway Group Build “E-13A Jake” did, then we will have a masterpiece to watch out for…
This build was inspired by these color photos taken of desert camouflaged 109’s in North Africa.
Here’s a picture of “Black 6” shown below…also from 8 / JG 27.
Back when I built this kit I didn’t have access to the internet , but I did have these pictures in some of my books on the Luftwaffe, and thought it was a really cool looking plane. This picture shows the actual plane “Black 8”, as flown by Werner Schroer.
I especially like how this one, “White 3”, is almost blending in perfectly with the desert floor… camouflage at it’s very best !
So when Tamiya released this kit, number 61063 back in 1998 or so, I just had to get one. After I built this one, I ended up buying a few more… and built up another one out of the box as “White 12” as flown by Luftwaffe Ace Muncheberg from 7 / JG 26.
Since then I picked up two more that are sitting in the stash. But after revisiting this one, I really can’t say how long they will stay in the box…
I didn’t know anything about Schroer until just recently. He was a Luftwaffe “Experten” having scored 114 enemy planes during 197 combat missions. He has been compared to another “Experten” Luftwaffe Ace, Hans Joachim Marseille, who also flew with JG 27 in North Africa.
Schroer went on to fly combat missions in Tunisia, Sicily and Italy with JG 27. He continued to fly and fight with JG 27 in Defense of the Reich duties with II / JG27 after the unit was moved to Europe. Schroer was promoted to Major in November 1943 while flying with Stab II / JG 27, shortly before his 90th victory.
On 14 March 1944, Schroer was appointed as “Gruppen Kommandeur” of III / JG 54, just after his 99th victory. In April 1944, JG 54 turned in their 109’s and were retrained on flying the Focke – Wulf FW-190’s.
Later on he served as Commander of the “Defense of the Reich” unit JG 3 “Udet”, assuming command in mid February 1945. His last 12 victories were Soviet flown aircraft and were scored while flying the “long nosed Dora” FW-190 “Butcher Bird”.
Schroer survived the War and passed away at the age of 66, in Ottobrunn, Germany, on 10 February 1985. He was buried with full military honors.
This kit was a typical Tamiya build. No faults that I can remember. It was built right out of the box and I used the kit decals.
The rudder displays 4 kill marks in red. If this is correct, they would have been for 3 Hurricanes, and the last (which was a P-40). These were his first 4 recorded kills. They were scored while he was flying with 1 / JG 27 and were scored in North Africa.
This one was painted using Model Master enamels, RLM 78, 79, and 80 as colors. I used a Testor’s “Aztek” airbrush with the tan tip for the green “dots”.
I hope you enjoy this one.
As usual, comments are encouraged.
22 additional images. Click to enlarge.