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Eagle Strike #32060
Battle of Britain Luftwaffe Aces Pt.II
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full color
letter-sized instructions and notes sheet; decal sheet for four
USD$10.00 available online from Eagle Strike Productions'
||Well-printed, thin carrier
film, good registration, supplied stencil data, colorful
||National markings for only one aircraft.
Reviewed by Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
Eagle Strike Productions'
Britain Luftwaffe Aces Pt.II
is available online from Squadron.com
Following up on
Rob Baumgartner’s review of Part I, we now have Part II, which
covers the time period from approximately August 1940 to November
1940. The set includes two fully camouflaged Emils and two yellow
nosed aircraft. One of the markings is a most interesting variation
on a mouth on the cowling.
unlike Part I, which appears to have recommended the Hasegawa F-14A/
F-14D Tomcats for modeling, this set correctly recommends the
Hasegawa BF-109E 1/32.
colors are well printed and, on my sample, the registration was
quite good. The carrier film appears to be very thin. Stencil data
is included and the printing of the words is crisp and legible.
There are also VDM decals for the propeller blades.
aircraft represented in these decals were painted in 02/71/65.
Bf 109E-3, “White 2”,
4./JG51 – Ofw. Hans Illner
appears to be the be the aircraft Illner used in mid-August, after
his third victory. What is most unique about it, is that Illner had
a set of bright red lips holding a cigarette painted on the front of
the under-cowl after his first victory. According to Vol. Two
Section 2 of the Jagdwaffe series, the cigarette should have the
date of Illner’s first kill, 5 July 1940, printed on it, rather than
the brand name. The Eagle Strike decal does not have this. Also
the Jagdwaffe volume reports the smoke from the cigarette as gray
and black. The decal is printed as red and white. This could come
down to photo interpretation.
other markings carried by this aircraft, Illner had the name of his
girlfriend, Gretel, painted on the fuselage as well as a pair of
dice above the name and a yellow clover below.
aircraft also carried the weeping bird emblem of II./JG 51. At
first look, it appears that the legend under the bird is “Gott
strafe Bngland”. But, upon closer examination, England is spelled
with an “E” not a “B”.
Bf 109E-1, “Brown 2”,
aircraft does not seem to be identified with any particular pilot,
and it does not appear to have any Abschuss bars on the
rudder, so I’m not sure how this is the aircraft of a “Luftwaffe
aircraft displays the interesting “cross-hatching” scheme that was
used on a number of Emils during the Battle of Britain. The Eagle
Strike sheet does not indicate the color of the cross-hatching,
implying that it is RLM 71, filled in with 02. According to Vol.
Two Section 4 of the Jagdwaffe series, the cross-hatching was RLM 70
filled in with 03. Looking at the photos of the aircraft in
question, I would agree that the cross hatching is darker than the
upper surface camouflage.
aircraft was also quite interesting in that the gun troughs were
painted in yellow. Based on the picture in the Jagdwaffe volume,
they appear quite clean.
Bf 109E-7, “White 1”, 7./JG2 – Staffelkapitäin Oblt.
interesting marking on this aircraft, the Staffel badge on the
yellow cowling, is also the most problematic for those who want it
correct. Which way is the hand oriented with the thumb pressing
down on the hat? At least on the left side of the cowling.
decals, and the profile in Combat Colours Number 1, “The
Messerschmitt on the Western Front – 1940”, by Peter Scott (given as
a reference on the decals’ instruction) show the knuckles facing
forward, with the wrist end spanning the 12 to 1 o’clock position.
Vol. Two section 4 of the Jagdwaffe series (which is not referenced
on the instruction sheet) shows the hand totally reversed, knuckles
facing aft with the wrist spanning the 11 to 12 o’clock position.
There is a picture of Machold’s aircraft in the Jagdwaffe volume,
and I would say, subject to all the caveats about interpreting
photos, that the knuckles do appear to face aft. The decals
themselves, do not give you the option of reversing the emblem; the
knuckles only face forward on the left side.
Another point, which should be
noted, is that the Abschuss were painted on the camouflage on
the rudder, with the yellow applied around them such that they
appear to be boxed in. The yellow on the rudder appears, in the
picture, to be quite rough and weathered, with bits of the
camouflage showing through.
Bf 109E-4, “Black Chevron”, 1./JG26 – Hptm. Rolf
aircraft of Gruppenkommandeur Pingel is most well known for
the five flags which adorned the side of his aircraft, just below
the cockpit canopy. They represented the five countries in which
Pingel saw action. From aft forward they are – Spain, Netherlands,
Belgium, France and The United Kingdom.
to the placement of Machold’s Abschuss markings, Pingel’s were also
applied on the camouflage on the rudder and the yellow was applied
above and below, giving the impression of a band on the rudder on
which the markings were placed.
instructions only show the left side of this aircraft and make no
mention of any Stammkennzeichen (factory delivery codes). However,
both the Combat Colours book and the Jagdwaffe volume note that on
the right side the last two letters, “??+LV”, were visible under the
other note is the blue band(s) on the spinner. The decals and the
Jagdwaffe book show only one blue band with the base plate being in
green (70?). The Combat colors show two blue band, one of them
being the base plate being as blue.
of decals show at least two things. First, having reference books at
hand can either be a curse (damn, anal retentive rivet counter) or a
blessing (now I can get it correct), depending on your point of
view. Second, interpretation of pictures will always be an issue in
said that, these are a nice set of decals for those into 1/32
scale. Whether or not there was a date on the cigarette should not
prevent a modeler from putting bright red lips on Emil.
Thanks to Eagle Strike Productions
for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2004 by
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
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