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Eagle Strike Productions #24004 Gustavs Pt.1
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 2 x decal
USD$12.00 available online from Eagle Strike Productions'
||Well-printed, thin carrier
film, perfect registration, supplied stencil data.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
Eagle Strike Productions' Gustavs Part One are available online
Many of us like to build their kits with options other than those the
manufacturer provides. With the release of the Trumpeter 1/24 scale Bf
109 series, Eagle strike have given the modeler the opportunity to do
“Gustavs Pt.1” has three schemes on it, all designed around kit 02407.
The decals are beautifully printed with no registration problems
whatsoever. This quality carries over to the thin carrier film, which
only just protrudes beyond the printed image.
Stencil data is provided for one aircraft which is a real bonus
considering that many would like to replace some of the items in the
A simple diagram is supplied to help explain where everything
Both red and black drop tank stencils are catered for which is a nice
touch and there are also a variety of fuel triangles. Obviously there
will be some spare decals here.
The subjects covered on this sheet are:
Bf 109G-6, “White 5”, 7/JG1, Leewarden Holland, 1944
Finished in RLM 74/75/76, this aircraft wears the winged “1” emblem for JG
1 which was introduced towards the end 1943. JG 1’s red “Defense of the
Reich” band is carried on the rear fuselage as well as the white III.
Gruppe vertical bar. The spinner is depicted as RLM 70 with one third
Bf 109G-6, “Yellow 6”, 9./JG3, Bad Wörishofen, Germany, 1943
Oberfeldwebel Alfred Surau’s aircraft was believed to be finished in RLM
There was plenty of colour on this machine as it carried a yellow lower
engine cowl and yellow spinner with a black spiral. Forty-one victory
bars were painted on the rudder and the aircraft carried a stylized eye
on the MG131 belt chute bulge. Also note the under wing gondolas for the
The winged “U” of JG 3 is only supplied “single handed” which is at odds
with a lot of published photos from this Jagdeschwader. Modelers should
make up their own mind as to whether this applied to Surau’s aircraft.
Sensibly the “eye” over the MG131 belt chute bulge is printed to allow the
decal to be slit to conform to the curve over which it will be applied.
Surau scored 46 victories before he died from injuries sustained while
attacking a B-17 bomber on 14 October 1943.
Bf 109G-6, “Black Chevron”, 1./JG27, Fels am Wagram, Austria, 1944
This was Hauptmann Ludwig Franzisket’s aircraft and was also fitted with
the R6 Rüstsätzen. It wears the green JG27 Reich defense band and
carries a yellow lower engine cowl and white rudder. The usual RLM
74/75/76 finish was applied and the fuselage cross was filled in with
the lighter RLM 75 upper surface colour. An aerial photo of this machine
reveals that at one stage of its life it was fitted with a bomb rack.
Franzisket had scored 43 victories before bailing out severely wounded
in an encounter with the bomber raids of the USAAF. Thus ended his
leadership of I./JG27 on 12 May 1944.
This is a most welcome sheet that provides colourful alternate markings
for Trumpeter’s ambitious kit. The quality of printing is to a very high
standard and thankfully we have that all important stencil data.
Thanks to Eagle Strike Productions
for the review sample.
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