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German Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 "Emil" Fighter - W.Nr. 5819, Adolf Galland, Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter", France, December 1940

Hobby Master German Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 "Emil" Fighter - W.Nr. 5819, Adolf Galland, Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter", France, December 1940




 
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Hobby Master HA8715 German Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 "Emil" Fighter - W.Nr. 5819, Adolf Galland, Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter", France, December 1940 (1:48 Scale) "By ordering us to fly as close escorts, our Gruppe was effectively offered up on a plate to the most efficient and determined aerial opponents the Luftwaffe has yet come against."
- German fighter pilot Gunther Rall

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.

The first redesign came with the E series, including the naval variant, the Bf 109T (T standing for Trager, carrier). The Bf 109E "Emil" introduced structural changes to accommodate the heavier and more powerful 1,100 PS (1,085 HP) Daimler-Benz DB 601 engine, heavier armament and increased fuel capacity. Partly due to its limited 300 km (186 mile) combat radius on internal fuel alone, resulting from its 660 km (410 mile) range limit, later variants of the E series had a fuselage ordnance rack for fighter-bomber operations or provision for a long-range, standardized 300 litre (79 US gallon) drop-tank and used the DB 601N engine of higher power output. The 109E first saw service with the "Condor Legion" during the last phase of the Spanish Civil War and was the main variant from the beginning of World War II until mid-1941 when the 109F replaced it in the pure fighter role.

Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of a German Messerschmitt Bf-109E-4 "Emil" fighter that was piloted by Adolf Galland, who was attached to I./Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter", then deployed to France during December 1940. Pre-order! Ship Date: November 2020.

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

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Historical Account: "Kanalkrankheit" - Kanalkrankheit, or "channel sickness", was a form of combat fatigue which began to appear in the summer of 1940 among German pilots during the Battle of Britain. For crews of the Luftwaffe, operating at the edge of their combat range, bailing out over England meant certain capture, while parachuting out over the English Channel would often result in death by exposure or drowning.

Many pilots suffered stomach cramps, or found themselves unable to eat. As combat wore on, the number of aircraft turning back to France owing to overheating engines, low oil pressure or instrument failure steadily increased. Pilots suffered mysterious bouts of appendicitis, or found other means to make their way to the sick bay.

These problems were exacerbated by internal conflict over strategy and tactics. The Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter aircraft was faster than the British Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane, especially in a dive, and had superior weapons. Yet pressure to defend the bombers in close escort caused this advantage to be thrown away. The fighter pilots were frustrated and morale began to drop. "By ordering us to fly as close escorts," recalled German fighter pilot Gunther Rall, "our Gruppe was effectively offered up on a plate to the most efficient and determined aerial opponents the Luftwaffe has yet come against."

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

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