Corgi AA27104 German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 Fighter - Heinz Ludeman, 8./Jagdgeschwader 77, "Black 6", Gambut, Libya, November 1942 (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 109G-2 fighter that was piloted by - Heinz Ludeman, who was attached to 8./Jagdgeschwader 77, then deployed toGambut, Libya, during November 1942. This aircraft is currently being preserved at the RAF Museum Hendon.
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Wingspan: 5.5 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: January 2015
Historical Account: "Museum Quality" - Post war the aircraft was allocated for a museum collection and passed around various establishments until it was restored to airworthiness in 1991. Its flying career was again short-lived, when it crash landed on what was to be its final flight, severely damaging the fuselage. Fortunately, a team from Messerschmitt Restorations Ltd did a sterling job and "Black 6" is now displayed in perfect condition at RAF Hendon, a fine testament to those that flew, evaluated and restored her to her former glory.