1/48 Hasegawa Bf 109 G-14

"Karaya 1" flown by Olt. Erich Hartmann

by Dirk Adel



This was the first time I decided to do a model after a plane of Goerings former German Luftwaffe. In Germany the use of Swastika on scale models is not allowed by law. You should not show them in public. Of course is my home my castle. But as there came no swastika with the kit I had no problem to finish it without them. Does this make a model really inaccurate? This is "Bubi" Hartmannīs Messerschmidt Bf 109 G-14 Callsign "Karaya 1"

As told in Hartmannīs biography "The blond knight of Germany" by Toliver/Constable (dt. Holt Hartmann vom Himmel, Motorbuchverlag), all planes Hartmann flew in combat were Messerschmidt Bf 109 G  subtypes (incl. K-4). Of course he flew a lot of  types of the former Luftwaffe, but even after learning to fly the Me 262 he decided to get back to his JG52 to fly the Bf 109. He achieved 352 confirmed air victories, of the majority over Sowjet Planes, as he fought only at the Eastern Front. After surrendering to U.S. troops he was handed over to Sowjet soldiers in May 1945. He endured 10,5 years in Soviet prisons before he got free and entered the new Luftwaffe of West Germany.

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This warbird model is built almost out of the box, just around the cockpit some scratchbuilt features are added. Inside some cabels and hoses and of course the PE belts, outside the handle to close the canopy and the bar to hold the open canopy. The antenna is made of sprue, the pitot tube of two telescoping injection tubes. Painting again is done using Tamiya AS-Spraycans. The model was primed (underside is light blue-grey) in dark grey and dark green and sprayed over in white very thin (as thin as you can do using spraycans ;-) achieving the winter camouflage effect. As I did it this way, no washing was required to highlight the panel lines.

The kit was a pleasure to build and now there is a great contrast to my fleet of allied BMF fighters.


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Photos and text Đ by Dirk Adel