Armour Collection B11E402 German Messerschmitt Bf 109F Fighter - Fran Schwaiger, VI./ Jagdgeschwader 3, Castel Benito, Libya, 1942 (1:48 Scale)
"Guns before butter. Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat."
- Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, Head of the German Luftwaffe
Designed to replace the popular Bf 109E "Emil" fighter, the Bf 109F "Friedrich" was viewed at first with some skepticism by its wary pilots. Powered by a Daimler-Benz DB 600 piston engine and equipped with all sorts of forward firing machine guns and cannons, the Bf 109F nevertheless became a lethal killing machine in its own right, especially when it was handled by a skilled airman.
This particular 1:48 scale replica of a Bf 109F was flown by Fran Schwaiger of VI./ Jagdgeschwader 3, which was deployed to Castel Benito, Libya, during 1942. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 8 inches
Length: 7.5 inches
Historical Account: "Desert Training" - Originally an Italian Royal Air Force base where later the first units of Italian parachutists were trained and formed shortly before the Second World War. The first Italian Military Parachute School was located. The first troops trained were two Libyan battalions, the Libyan Parachute Battalion and the 1st National Libyan Parachute Battalion, of the Royal Colonial Corps.
After it was captured by the British the base was renamed RAF Castel Benito and was used by a number of operational squadrons involved in the desert war, sometimes for only a few days or weeks at a time.