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German Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 Fighter - Walter Horten, Stab/Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter", France, Spring 1940

Hobby Master German Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 Fighter - Walter Horten, Stab/Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter", France, Spring 1940




 
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Hobby Master HA8714 German Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 Fighter - Walter Horten, Stab/Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter", France, Spring 1940 (1:48 Scale) "As England, in spite of her hopeless military situation, still shows no signs of willingness to come to terms, I have decided to prepare, and if necessary to carry out, a landing operation against her. The aim of this operation is to eliminate the English Motherland as a base from which the war against Germany can be continued, and, if necessary, to occupy the country completely."
- Fuhrer Directive No. 16, announcing Unternehmen Seelowe (Operation Sea Lion), the invasion of England, July 16th, 1940

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 1:48 scale replica of a German Messerschmitt Bf-109E-3 fighter that was piloted by Walter Horten, who was attached to Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter", then deployed to France during the Spring of 1940. Pre-order! Ship Date: June 2020.

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 8-inches
Length: 7-1/2-inches

Release Date: ?

Historical Account: "Tail-End Charlies" - By the early stages of the Battle of Britain, Luftwaffe pilot Gerhard Schopfel had already achieved the status of fighter ace, but during August 1940, he was to increase his victory tally significantly. His most successful day came on the 18th August, whilst leading an independent hunting patrol of Messerschmitt Bf 109E fighters across southern England. Whilst over the Folkestone area, he spotted the Hurricanes of No.510 Squadron climbing out of Hawkinge, but rather than immediately attacking the RAF fighters, Schopfel and his wingman dived underneath the aircraft to approach from their blind spot. Unnoticed by the Hurricanes, Schopfel shot down the two tail-end-Charlies, expecting to see the remaining aircraft immediately breaking for cover, but they carried on their course. He managed to shoot down a further two Hurricanes, including the aircraft of RAF aces Donald McKay and Kenneth Lee, who both managed to successfully bale out of their stricken fighters.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Spinning propeller
  • Opening canopy
  • Interchangeable landing gear
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand

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