Magyar Schmitt...1/48 Messerschmitt Bf109Ga-6, Royal Hungarian Airforce
Built in 2015.
The 101st fighter wing of the Hungarian Airforce, called Puma after their CO Aladar Heppes, was formed out of several other smaller units, after the US bomb attacks on Hungary increased in the first half of 1944. While the 102nd fighter wing fought in the east against the Soviets with mostly German built 109Gs, the 101 took over home defence against the 15th AF. Their G-6s were built under licence in Györ, therefor the suffix "a" to the G. They all had more or less the same factory camo. After some time the bright Hungarian markings were toned down and at last completely overpainted.
From May to September 1944 the Pumas gave thunder to the "Thunder from the South" but then, mostly because lack of fuel, they were re-categorised as a front fighter unit. The Pumas not only defended their Hungarian homeland but also helped the Luftwaffe intercepting the bomber formations on their way to the Vienna area.
If sources are true, this aircraft was flown by the CO Heppes.
The 2-volumed book series "Hungarian Fighter Colours 1930-1945" was used as reference.
Hasegawa kit (9627) oob, EZ Line for antenna wire, Gunze and Tamiya acrylics
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