1 in stock
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Carousel 1 7103 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109E of JG 3 Udet, Franz von Werra, Luftwaffe, Battle of Britain, 1940. Limited Edition of 1200 Pieces. Please note: This model comes with Swastika decals that can optionally be applied to the tail for added authenticity.
PLEASE NOTE: There is reference to a diorama base on the box lid but this is not with the model.
Length 7.5 inches Wingspan 8.25 inches
Franz von Werra was “The One Who Got Away,” the subject of a best-seller and two movies. He was a German ace whose escape exploits were far more exciting than his brief career as a fighter pilot. On 5 September 1940, Spitfires shot down von Werra’s 109 over Kent as he escorted bombers attacking the Royal Air Force at Biggin Hill. He crash-landed and was quickly captured. In late September von Werra was sent to a POW camp at Grizedale Hall in Lancashire and began planning an escape. On 7 October he slipped away from an exercise party without being noticed by the guards. Von Werra eluded pursuit for six cold, rainy days on the barren hills of the Lake District. Recaptured in Cumberland, he was sent to another POW camp at Swanwick in Derbyshire. Immediately he began a tunnel with several other prisoners. On the night of 17 December five Germans escaped through the tunnel. Four were soon captured. Von Werra posed as a Dutchman flying with the RAF and attempted to steal a British fighter. He bluffed his way past Scotland Yard investigators and onto Hucknall Aerodrome on 21 December. More bluff got him into the cockpit of a new Hurricane II fighter with a mechanic to start his engine. Moments before take off, an RAF officer apprehended him at gunpoint. Von Werra and other German POW’s were sent via ship to Canada. In late January, von Werra jumped from a moving POW train southwest of Montreal and headed south for the St. Lawrence River, the border between Canada and neutral United States. He managed to cross the frozen river near Ogdensburg, NY and turned himself in to the first policeman he found. American reporters were charmed by “Baron” von Werra’s bravado and fluent English, and his escape made headlines across the USA and Germany. Canada attempted to extradite him, but the German Consul in NY assisted von Werra to return to Germany via Mexico, Brazil and Italy. Hitler awarded him the Knight’s Cross. He joined the invasion of Russia in July and ran his score to 21 victories. Posted to the Dutch coast, on 25 October 1941 his luck and his 109’s engine failed. Franz von Werra fell into the North Sea.
The first German mass produced 109 fighter was the Messerschmitt Bf 109E, which is often mistakenly referred to as the Me 109. The Bf is the designator for the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (BFW) (Bavarian Aircraft Works) that produced the original aircraft. In 1938 Messerschmitt took over BFW but throughout WWII German handbooks and documents referred to the aircraft as the Bf 109. By the end of 1939 the Bf 109E (Emil) had replaced all other 109 variants and equipped 13 Gruppens with 40 aircraft each. The Bf 109 was the main Luftwaffe single-engine fighter aircraft until the Fw-190 came along.
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 is one of the few fighters ever to be developed from a light-plane design. Willy Messerschmitt’s angular little fighter was built in greater numbers than any other fighter plane, the total reaching 33,000.
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 also shot down more Allied planes than any other aircraft, and stayed in service longer than most, having entered combat in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), fighting through World War II, and then going to war again in 1947, this time for the newly emerging state of Israel.
The great success and longevity of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 can be attributed to the simple directness of its design. In 1934, Messerschmitt engineers sought to place the biggest possible engine in the smallest possible airframe, and make that airframe easy to produce and repair. They succeeded admirably on all counts.
The first flight, in September 1935, was made with an imported Rolls-Royce Kestrel engine of 695 horsepower. Over the years, more than 100 variants of the basic design were created, including modifications introduced on Spanish and Czech production lines after the war. Larger and larger engines were installed, along with hundreds of pounds of additional equipment, and the tough little airframe took it. Examples from the final German operational version, the Bf 109K series, had a 2,000-horsepower engine and a top speed of 450 miles per hour; truly astonishing for a design begun in 1934. A little known fact is that this was the first aircraft to incorporate a slanted back pilots seat, which helped to reduce g forces in combat.
Throughout its career, the Bf 109 was pitted against new and powerful adversaries, notably upgraded British Spitfires and the North American P-51 Mustang. In the hands of a capable pilot, the Bf 109 inevitably held its own. Notoriously difficult to take off and land, and restricted to a 3 bladed propeller, the Messerschmitt nevertheless remained a formidable adversary until the last day of the war.
Carousel 1 diecast aircraft model features:
Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
Pad printed markings and placards that won’t fade or peel like decals.
Interchangeable extended/retracted metal landing gear with rotating wheels and rubber tyres.
Extremely detailed cockpit interiors with glazed instruments.
Detailed removable pilot figure.
Spinning metal propeller.
Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.