1/32 Monogram ProModeler (Hasegawa) Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-4 Trop (Schwarze 1, Oblt. Franz Schiess)
This is my firs article on iModeler, so it’s a great pleasure to share this few pics with all the distinguished members of this community!
I can’t remember exactly when I started this project, but it must have been in the early 2000s. It was assembled and base painted and after that it started a long hibernation in a shoebox… until few months ago, when I felt it was time to get it done.
The kit is indeed the excellent 1/32 Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf109 G-6 model that Pro Modeler (Monogram) repackaged in 2002 as a G-4 Trop variant, adding a few parts and extras to get the specific version. Others I added. In summary they were:
– Wheels with resin spokes (included)
– MDC resin tropical filter (As stated earlier the kit includes one, but this is FAR better)
– MG151 cannons in hypodermic syringe tubes
– HF antenna with Uschi van der Rosten “Rig That Thing” elastic thread.
– Scratch built bronze pitot tube
– Old Eduard generic Luftwaffe seatbelts.
– Several small bits in plastic, metal, etc.
– 78/79/80 desert base camouflage painted with Model Master enamels (extraordinary!)
– Weathering effects with oils, enamel washes and chalk pastels.
– Varnished with the excellent clear acrylics (matte and gloss) from Mr. Hobby range.
– Decals from the kit, with the exception of national emblems, numbers and tactical markings painted with vinyl masks.
A few words dedicated to Franz Schiess, extraordinary pilot of this plane, Black 1 of the 8th squadron of JG53. He achieved 68 victories in 657 missions mainly on the Western Front and in the Mediterranean theater of operations.
This is his plane while his unit was already based in southern Italy. Schiess had the habit of flying early in the morning to neighbouring Tunisia to prowl the Allied fighters and bombers from there advancing through the North African desert towards Europe.
His last mission was completed on September 2, 1943 (at the age of 22) flying a G-6 similar to this one (also Black 1), when he faced several P-38s over the Gulf of Naples that escorted B-17s bombers.
Never heard from him again…
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