After reading the terrific book ,”Star of Africa”, by Colin Heaton & Anne-Marie Lewis, I was struck with the desire to build a model of Yellow 14 , Hans Marseille's 109F.
This Monogram Promodeler/Hasegawa 1/32 Bf-109G-4 was a long term resident of my stash of kits waiting to be built. After looking it over, I decided it looked similar to an F model 109, or at least pretty close. A set of Life Like decals was obtained that had markings for 4 different 109Fs that were flown by the “Star of Africa”, and the work began. It was a simple build , no problems to report, just a little filler here & there along with sanding as needed. The tire bulges on top of the wings were omitted from the build in an effort to make this G-4 a little more F like. I used pre-shading when painting this airplane. The subtle tonal variations make the camouflage more visually appealing.
The kit is an older Hasegawa kit and has no real issues that cause any problems. It isn't overly complicated and comes with some nice resin main landing gear wheels. It's a fine kit. I'm not a big fan of after market parts ( other then decals) but this airplane could have benefited from a better after market seat. I put the kit provided pilot in it to hide the seat.
I'm pleased with the results and am looking forward to building other 1/32 WW2 fighters. I have a Hasegawa Fw-190A , Revell Stuka, and a Revell P-51D.
I hope you'll see some merit in my modeling efforts and I also hope you'll read the book “Star of Africa”. It is a well written and entertaining book on the life of the Luftwaffe's most interesting pilot. Parts of it made me laugh out loud. Hans Marseille was not your typical German pilot. Adolf Galland said of him
“ ….he may not have been the perfect officer, but he was the perfect fighter pilot”.