The Israeli knife, Avia S-199 “Sakeen”
My most recent job was this 1:32 scale Revell Me-109G-6 model and I purchased the conversion kit of the Czech AML (no.32006). The model was sprayed with Gunze paints and the colors were mixed by myself.
The S-199 is a reconstructed fighter by Avia Aircraft Factory, using Messerschmitt Bf 109G models manufactured by Škoda Works in Slovakia. The aircrafts were built from the parts and design documentation left by the Germans at the end of the war. Although the model had many problems and was not popular with pilots, the Israeli Air Force used them during the Israeli War of Independence. The Czechoslovakian pilots called it Mezek (the mule), but the Israelis did not take it, they called the model Sakeen (“knife”), which can be derived from the original name Messer.
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