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Eagle Strike Productions
#24006 Gustavs Pt.3
|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; colourful
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
Eagle Strike Productions' Gustavs Part 3 are available online
sheet is different from the previous two in the series in that we have
the inclusion of a Bf 109G-14 along with the G-6 aircraft. Eagle Strike
has designed the decals around Trumpeter kit 24008 (with some changes)
for the former and 24007 for the later.
The decals are printed in perfect register with very thin and minimal
Despite their thinness they are still strong enough to withstand normal
handling when being applied to the model.
Again we see the welcome stencil data that was included in the previous
releases in this series. Nothing has changed here and we see the usual
sharp clear printing with optional decals provided where necessary.
The instructions come with a generic stencil placement guide to help the
modeler get things right as well as plan views for the camouflage
The subjects are:
Bf 109 G-6 trop, “white 9”, 7./JG53, Sciacca, Sicily, 1943
The aircraft of 7 Staffel had some very unusual personal markings applied
to their G-6 aircraft. A mechanic did the artwork during a lull in
operations when the aircraft first landed in Sicily. All shared a
similar theme of the Jagdgeschwader emblem involved in a particular
This machine was that of Unteroffizier Georg Amon. The meaning of the
artwork is unclear, as are the colours used, so Eagle Strike have
thoughtfully provided two versions.
The rest of the aircraft is pretty standard with RLM 74/75/76 finish,
yellow lower engine cowl and RLM 70 spinner with a white segment. A
white Mediterranean theatre band and wing tips are also present with the
III. Gruppe bar being finished in the same colour.
Photos also reveal the presence of a 300-litre drop tank under the
fuselage and the two clips under the cockpit for the sun umbrella.
Interestingly this aircraft ended its life with Uffz. Walter Reinicke
(also from 7 Staffel) at the controls. His war ended on 3 July 1943 as a
Amon scored nine victories before bailing out of another stricken
aircraft and being taken prisoner on 2 April 1945.
Bf 109 G-14/AS, “black 10”, 14./JG5, Norway, 1945
Quoted as wearing RLM 74/75/76, this machine was likely to have been flown
by Leutnant Helmut Neumann. The Werk Nummer for this aircraft is not
known for certain so Eagle Strike provide a selection of three to cover
the likely possibilities.
It wears a black IV. Gruppe symbol over the JG5 yellow and black
Reichsverteidigung band and the spinner is RLM 70 with a white spiral.
Take note that a photo of this aircraft shows that the under wing cross
was solid black with no white border. The instruction sheet does not
reflect this but it is easy enough to fix.
Nuemann led 14./JG5 for a year and scored 62 victories before being
transferred to JV44.
Bf 109 G-6, “black >>”, Stab III./JG11, Fels am Wagram, Austria, 1944
This interesting aircraft was the mount of Hauptmann Anton Hackl. Finished
in RLM 74/75/76, it carried the double chevron of a Gruppenkommandeur.
Yellow was used for the lower engine cowl and JG11 Reichsverteidigung
band, the latter having the III. Gruppe marking on it.
The fin and rudder was painted white as an indication of the flight
leader. White was also used to cover a portion of the RLM 70 spinner and
the rudder displays a scoreboard of 132 victories.
Note that this aircraft carried the under wing Rüstsätze for the
installation of the MG151/20 cannons.
Hackl survived the war with one source crediting him with 192 victories
including 25 bombers.
This is an excellent sheet from Eagle Strike, which offers further
colourful schemes for Trumpeter’s 1/24th scale Bf 109G kits.
The quality of the product is up to the usual high standard and the
inclusion of stencil data rounds off the package nicely.
Thanks to Eagle Strike Productions
for the review sample.
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