Saturday, 29 August 2015

ZG 52 Bf 110 C/D -daily Ebay photo find #129

Nice shots of  Me 110 C/D (nose air intake absent) with the Drachenwappen of I./ZG 52 on the nose.

Below, I./ ZG 52 machine 'A2+AK', possibly the machine assigned to a Staffelkapitän. In a later image this machine has a small number of rudder victory markings so unless obscured here these images would date from April/May 1940, taken either prior to or during the Westfeldzug - the campaign in France. Note the lighter camouflage finish.

currently on offer here

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Captured German Me 110 G4 Night Fighter Along Autobahn - ebay daily photo find #128

..while 'post-war' GI pics don't have quite the same 'wow' factor as a period image in my view - one of the reasons I've never bothered with the Eagle Editions 'Wings of the Black Cross' series - here are two more nice GI pictures currently on offer here

Saturday, 22 August 2015

new photo Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1a WNr.110956 coded white "17" -daily Ebay photo find # 127

thanks to Tomas P for this nice find and re-posted here for those not on FB, you know who you are! Click on the image to view this nice quality pic large..

Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1a WNr.110956 coded white "17" and white "S" (S - Schulemachine) of III./EJG 2 captured at Lechfeld on 29 April 1945. ..Note the sign in German behind the cockpit on the side of the hut. " Stop  - beware of aircraft taking off and landing " .

On offer here

 Photo:"Me262, The Production Log" by Dan O'Connell (Classic, 2005)

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Caudron C-445 Goéland ZG 1 St.G 1 RS models 1:72nd scale - first look and reference pictures

The Caudron C 445 Goéland was an important school and training type in the inventory of the Luftwaffe with over 750 new-build machines seeing service in the Luftwaffe in additional to those Beute machines captured with the fall of France. The type was the most-produced aircraft type in French factories during the German occupation. Even heavy Allied bombing raids on the Caudron-Renault Courbevoie factory and the Renault works at Billancourt in the suburbs of Paris during September 1943 which resulted in large loss of life could not stop the flow of Goélands to the Luftwaffe. Between 1936 and 1948 over 1400 examples were constructed and large numbers saw service with Air France and Lufthansa.

A selection of 20 the best of recent Ebay photos of C 445 Goélands in Luftwaffe service as reference for the new-tool injection molded C 445 from Robert Schneider's RS Models. Click on the image to view large..

C 445 A-1 - WNr.0841 - BC+ZC - FFS(A/B)11 & FFS(A)125 - 45% loss, Elbing, Germany on 13-Dec-43. Emergency landing due to a technical failure

Below;  the machine in the next two images may be CD+YK or CD+YL either of the Stabsstaffel Fliegerführer Afrika or Kurierstaffel Tropen. The animal depicted in the emblem is a kangaroo with boxing gloves. Possible loss data - C 445 A-1 - WNr.0518 - CD+KQ (listed as WNr.518) St.St.Fliegerführer Afrika - 100% loss, Derna, Libya on 17-Dec-41. Destroyed by own retreating forces

C445 of FFS 20

RS models site, new-tool Caudron C-445 here

Test shot build via the RS Models FB page here

C 445 cockpit detail photo of a C445 of FFS AB 61. via 'Die Flugzeugfuhrer-Ausbildung der Deutsche Luftwaffe'

C.445 in Luftwaffe markings is reproduced (along with a paraphrased caption) from " Die Deutsche Luftwaffe, Zerstorer-und Nachtjagdverbande, Teil 1" [VDM, 2007]

Caudron C.445 coded TE+WO, WNr.957 was used by ZG 1 for liaison flights. It is not known when this photo was taken, but Luftflottennachrichtenschule 3 registered this aircraft in July 1943

Coded BC+QN, WNr. 438 of Fliegerführer Nord - 80% loss - Belly landed due to engine failure at Stavanger, Norway 09-Oct-41 - Ogefr.Hermann Wilke (Bm) injured [source: Gen.Qu.6.Abt. (mfm #4)-Vol. 6 &  p72 of "Le Caudron Goéland" by P.Cortet and R.Esperou published by Lela Presse

C 445 A-1, WNr.0567 coded DF+UO of Stab I./StG 3 which was to sustain 25% damage when crash landing at Derna in Libya on 19-May-42 [source: Gen.Qu.6.Abt.

Uffz. Hans Dahmen's Bf 109 G-10 " Red 8" 'Gisela' 2./ JG 300

Uffz. Hans Dahmen's Bf 109 G-10 " Red 8" 'Gisela' 2./ JG 300 from the Revell 1/32 scale kit by Franck Oudin, finished with Barracuda Studios and MDC resin bits, markings painted with Miracle Paint Masks.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Walkaround video Messerschmitt Bf 109 'Red 7' Andreas Haferkorn, Chief Engineer and Volkar Bau, Chief Test Pilot on the Bf 109 G-4 / Hispano Aviacion H. A. 1112 M-1-L, W.Nr. 139 (EADS)

Andreas Haferkorn, Chief Engineer on the 'Messerschmitt Stiftung' EADS 'Red 7' presents a small 'walkaround' video filmed at RIAT 2015, while Volkar Bau, Chief Test Pilot discusses contending with torque in the Bf 109

Andreas Haferkorn, Chief Engineer and Volkar Bau, Chief Test Pilot, take us around a Messerschmitt Bf 109.Video: AC Stuart Wareing
Posted by Royal Air Force on Thursday, 23 July 2015

Also on this blog read my article    Contending with torque

" ..the problem with this aircraft is takeoff and landing...." Volkar Bau

" ..The day was rounded off with a demonstration of captured American aircraft, in particular a P-51 Mustang – it was stressed that our Bf 109s and Fw 190s were generally superior to this type. We soon realised on our first combat sortie that this statement was not entirely accurate....”

Uffz. Kurt Scherer II./JG 4

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Jagdfliegerverbände der Deutschen Luftwaffe Teil 13/I Reichsverteidigung 1944 1.1 bis 5.6. 1944 -latest Luftwaffe books

The latest Prien/Rodeike/Stemmer/Bock Jagdfliegerverbände volume arrived. No need to introduce this series to the hard-core enthusiast. You either buy these or you look at pictures on Facebook.( well, I do both, but you know what I mean!) Volume 13 covers 'Defence of the Reich' from 01 January to 05 June 1944 in over 500 pages of closely-typed German text. Nice images too on thicker glossy paper, many unpublished especially of I./JG 11 and many via the 'Archive of Modern Conflict'. Look out for the selection of Fw 190 A-8s of 1./ JG 11 at Rothenberg during April 1944 on pages 362-363; fuselage and upper surface Balkenkreuze and Hakenkreuze (swastikas) are all absent, most probably over-sprayed. In terms of format, this volume is somewhat different from previous books; there are no claims lists - at least not in Teil 13/I - just daily overviews of the "Angriffe" and details of fighter deployment "Abwehreinsätze" presented in a day-by-day diary format. I ordered my copy via the publisher Buchverlag Rogge's site