Red Tulip…1/48 Messerschmitt Bf109G-6, JGr 50
All good things come in three, after the Bf109K-4 and Fw190A-5/U7, this is my dad´s third and last red tulip so far. Built in 2018.
Eduard kit Bf109G-6 early version. Regarding the decals, funny thing is that the kit´s tulip decals are too long, my dad had to shorten them. No “Dödel” included in this kit so my dad used W.Gr.21 from Eduard´s Brassin line. In the configuration with the WGr21 this aircraft wore no unit insignia at cockpit height. Brake lines and antenna wire added.
The aircraft seemed to be a testbed for outer landing gear covers, these came from the sparesbox. It wasn´t uncommon that the “Experten”, to say the Luftwaffe aces, often had the opportunity to test some new features. It´s also possible that these things weren´t landing gear doors but some kind of blast protectors, couldn´t see if they head bulges or not and their exact shape in the pics of the aircraft.
Painted with Gunze and Tamiya acrylics. The typical Erla zig-zag camo pattern on the wings was done with masks from AML.
Like with the Hasegawa 109s, also Eduard got the legs 2-3mm too long. This was the first time my dad shortened them to get a more realistic look.
Aircraft of Major Hermann Graf, CO of Jagdgruppe 50 in the second half of 1943 in Germany.
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