Battle of Kasserine Pass Group Build: 1/48 Bf-109F
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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