Euro Decals Messerschmitt Bf109E ED72109
Messerschmitt Bf 109
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 is a German World War II fighter aircraft that was the backbone of the Luftwaffe’s fighter force. The Bf 109 first saw operational service in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War and was still in service at the dawn of the jet age at the end of World War II in 1945. one of the most advanced fighters of the era, including such features as all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, and retractable landing gear. It was powered by a liquid-cooled, inverted-V12 aero engine. From the end of 1941, the Bf 109 was steadily being supplemented by the Focke-Wulf Fw 190.
- Maiden flight: 29 May 1935
- Length: 29.36 ft
- Wingspan: 32.51 ft
- Passengers: 2
- Retired: 09 May 1945
- Manufacturer: Messerschmitt
This exciting new decal sheet is available in both 1/72nd and 1/48th scales, and is intended for the Messerschmitt Bf109E-3, E-4 and E-7 variants. There are eight different planes on the pair of decal sheets that comprise this set:
1) Bf109E-7/B “S9+RS”, 8/ZG 1, Russia, Summer 1942. This plane was painted RLM 71 Dunkelgrün and RLM 02 Grau over RLM 65 Hellblau. The famous “Wespe” (wasp) badge is on the nose. The lower cowl and wing tips are RLM 04 Gelb (yellow), and the pointed spinner is RLM 25 Hellgrun with an RLM 70 Schwartzgrün base.
2) Bf109E-3 “6-99”, Grupo num. 25, Spain, 1939. This plane was overall RLM 63 Hellgrau with a white rudder and wingtips, and a red spinner. The exhaust area was painted black.
3) Bf109E-3/B, “DG200”, No.1426 Flight RAF, 1941. This plane crashed at Manston and was refurbished by Rolls-Royce. Formerly Werknummer 4101, this captured plane flew without its canopy and it was painted in the RAF colors Dark Earth and Dark Green over Trainer Yellow.
4) Bf109E-3, “J-377”, Fl.Kp. 21, Swiss Air Force, 1940. Delivered to the Swiss on April 27, 1940. Overall RLM 71 over RLM 65. This is the only known Bf109E with roundels on the wings and the red fuselage band. The rudder is also red. It had a unique sharkmouth on the lower cowl and eyes on the upper cowl.
5) Bf109E-4, “Black 13”, 8./JG 1, 1941. Painted with RLM 70/71 greens over RLM 65 with large fuselage areas overpainted with a heavy RLM 70 mottle. Lower nose and rudder in RLM 04 Gelb and the spinner in RLM 66 Schwarzgrau.
6) Bf109E-4, “White 1”, Royal Bulgarian Air Force, Winter 1944-45. This plane was originally delivered to Bulgaria in 1942, when the country was allied with Germany. Camouflage was RLM 74 Graugrün and RLM 75 Grauviolet over RLM 76 Lichtblau with white winter overspray. The upper fin and rudder were painted white, red and green.
7) Bf109E-4, “White 10”, Werknummer 5244, 13 Squadron, Slovak Air Force, April 1943. This very interesting plane was painted RLM 74/75 over RLM 76 with a dense fuselage mottle of RLM 74/75/02. The plane also had an RLM 04 fuselage band, wingtips and spinner. The spinner also had a white base, and the cowl was overpainted with RLM 76 dots.
8) Bf109E-3, “White 3”, Werknummer 0820, 4./JG 77, Norway, October 1940, Pilot Unteroffizier Ludwig Fröba. Camouflaged in high demarcation RLM 70/02 over RLM 65, with an RLM 70 spinner.
The pair of decal sheets include the national insignia and individual markings for each aircraft. The sheets are printed by the Fantasy Printshop; no surprise then to find them in perfect register. The instruction sheets include profiles of both sides of each plane plus upper and lower camouflage schemes. There are also color callouts for Model Master, Poly-Scale, Gunze, Tamiya, Humbrol and Xtracolor paints. It’s worth mentioning here that the profile artwork is by IM’s own Chris Banyai-Riepl.
This is a first class decal set. All of the options are interesting and will work quite nicely on the new 1/48th Airfix Bf109E kits, not to mention the Hasegawa and Tamiya Bf109Es. In 1/72nd I would recommend the ICM and Tamiya kits.