Corgi AA34909 German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 Fighter - 8./Jagdgeschwader 77, "Black 6", Heinz Ludeman, Gambut, Libya, November 1942 (1:32 Scale)
"Guns before butter. Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat."
- Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, Head of the German Luftwaffe
Numerically the most abundant fighter produced by either side during WWII, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 formed the backbone of the Jagdwaffe on both the eastern and western fronts, as well as in the Mediterranean and North Africa. Of the eight distinct sub-types within the huge Bf 109 family, the most populous was the G-model, of which over 30,000 were built between 1941-45. Despite its production run, only a handful of genuine German Bf 109s have survived into the 1990s, and with the serious damaging of the RAFs G-2 at Duxford in October 1997, only the German-based MBB G-6 and Hans Ditte's G-10 (both composites) are currently airworthy. This particular Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 fighter was flown by Oberleutnant Heinrich Ehrle, Staffelkapitan of 6./JGS5, when it was based at Petsamo, Finland in 1943.
Corgi's 1:32 scale Messerschmitt features exceptional levels of intricate detail including; removable engine covers with fully detailed engine, opening cockpit canopy with detailed pilot figure, removable gun covers with fitted machine guns and ammunition, moving flaps, rudder, ailerons and elevators, fully retractable undercarriage, rotating propeller and cradle display stand. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 12.25 inches
Length: 11.25 inches
Release Date: October 2011
Historical Account: "Black 6" - Arguably the most significant historic aircraft to ever perform on the UK Airshow circuit was Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 'Black 6'. Powered by a genuine Daimler Benz DB605 engine, this magnificent aeroplane captivated audiences with its unique sound and allowed the opportunity to experience a genuine Axis fighter in the flesh!
It was a real show stopper and looked great on the tail of a Spitfire! For an all too brief six year period, 'Black 6', thrilled airshow audiences as the only genuine Axis fighter on the display circuit. Unfortunately, it was decided that she was too valuable an aircraft to be risked by flight demonstration, but on her last public display at Duxford in October 1997, she suffered a landing accident, which caused significant damage to the aircraft her flying days were finally over. 'Black 6' can now be found on display at the RAF Museum, Hendon.