Dragon DRW50047 German Messerschmitt Me 109E-3 Fighter - Heinz Bar, 1/Jagdgeschwader 51, Battle of Britain, 1940 (1:72 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.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a German Messerschmitt Bf-109E-3 fighter that was flown by Heinz Bar, who was attached to 1/Jagdgeschwader 51 during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 5.25 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: June 2006
Historical Account: Jagdgeschwader 51 (JG 51) Molders was a Luftwaffe fighter wing during World War II, named after the fighter ace Werner Molders in 1942. JG 51's pilots won more Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes than any other Jagdgeschwader, and flew combat from 1939 in all major theatres of war. Flying Bf 109s and then FW 190s, the wing claimed over 8,000 air victories. Experten included 'Toni' Hafner, Heinz Bar, Richard Leppla, Karl-Gottfried Nordmann, Gunther Schack and the legendary Molders.