.: Damian Rigby's 1/32 Hasegawa Messerschmitt BF 109 G-10

In an attempt to improve on the Luftwaffe capabilities back in the 1930's, Professor Willy Messerschmitt developed the Bf109.

The proving ground for this agile aircraft was in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, where it proved superior to all opposing fighters. During WW II the Bf109 Messerschmitt was used as an escort for German bombers during the Battle of Britain. In this capacity it was shown that the Bf109 had too limited a range to be fully effective in that capacity so it was decided that it should be used as a defensive fighter.

As the war progressed the G version was developed to improve performance. This version became the most extensively built of the Bf109.
To increase its capabilities a Daimler-Benz DB605A 1,475Hp 12 cylinder engine was used. Since the Messerschmitt weighted in at only 6,900 lbs., it became a very powerful flying machine.

The main armament of the Messerschmitt Bf109G was a pair of 13mm machine guns mounted under the cowling ahead of the cockpit canopy, Of course, they were synchronized to fire through three bladed prop. It was also armed with a 20mm MG151 or 30mm Mk108 canon that was fired through the prop spinner.

With the improved horsepower and armament the Bf109G became one of the most respected fighter aircraft of WWII. It was in this aircraft which was flown by Major Erich Hartmann that he achieved 352 confirmed kills.
It is thought that some 35,000 Bf109's of all versions were produced. Many went into Czech Air Force service after the war, and was also used by the Israeili Air Force.  


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