Eduard 1/32 Bf 109E-7 III./JG 5, Petsamo – Work in Progress

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The interior is now nearly complete on the Eduard 1/32 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7. I decided to use Eduard’s Bf 109E-4 kit as the basis for this project. The only differences between the E-4 and E-7 variants being that the Bf 109E was considered too short-range, therefore provision was made for the aircraft to carry a 300 L (80 US gal) capacity drop-tank, mounted on a rack under the fuselage, which increased their range to 1,325 km (820 mi). Alternatively, a bomb could be fitted and the E-7 could be used as a Jabo fighter-bomber.

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This particular aircraft will be finished as an example flown by Hptm. Günther Scholtz, GruppenKommandeur of III./JG 5, based in Petsamo, Northern Finland. The unit’s primary task was the protection of the Petsamo Nickel Mines, detailed in the previous article on this website.

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I will be using decals printed by Cartograf by Kagero from the mini Topcolors 28 series “Luftwaffe over the Far North” range. Hptm. Scholz’s aircraft was originally painted in the standard RLM 74/75/76 colour scheme, however, this was heavily over-sprayed with RLM 71 at the unit in Petsamo.

Bf 109E-7 Günther Scholz
Bf 109E-7 Günther Scholz

Jadgeschwader 5 was subordinate to Luftlotte 5, which had the responsibility of protecting German interests in northern Norway and Finland.

I. Gruppe was based on the west coast of Norway, in Stavanger, to defend against Allied anti-shipping attacks. II. and III. Gruppe was stationed at Petsamo in Finland, to support operations in the East. JG 5 had to cope with challenges that were unique within the Luftwaffe, from 24-hour days during summer when the sun never set, to the complete darkness and extreme cold of the Polar winter.

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The parts are of superior quality and went together beautifully. Often minor issues occur with the fit of certain components, but so far this is a well engineered kit.

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This is the console for the left-hand side of the fuselage, complete with full-colour etched fittings supplied with the kit.

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An over-head shot detailing the seat harnesses and trim wheel. This view demonstrates the limited room that Luftwaffe Pilot’s had to contend with whilst operating the Bf 109 series.

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Eduard provide a level of detail and quality that make their products a pleasure to build. I am looking forward with anticipation to the next phase of this project.

Eduard 1-32 Bf 109E-4

Eduard’s 1/32 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 kit which formed the basis for this Bf 109E-7 build.

Kagero Luftwaffe over the far North

Kagero’s excellent “Luftwaffe over the Far North” decals. In addition to the Bf 109E-7, this set provides decals for 9 different Messerschmitts over Northern Scandinavia. These include; Bf 109E-7, ‘Yellow 7’ 1./JG 77 Petsamo, September 1941; Bf 109E-7, ‘Red 19’ 5./JG 5, Kirkenes-Høybuktmoen, April 1942; Bf 109F-4, ‘Yellow 10’ 6.JG 5, Petsamo, 30 June 1942; Bf 109E-7, III./JG 5 Petsamo, August 1942; Bf 109G-2, Stab II.JG 5, Salmijärvi, August-September 1943; Bf 109G-14, ‘Blue 11’ 16./JG 5, Rygge, April 1945; Bf 109G-6, III./JG 5 Gossen, May 1945; Messerschmitt Bf 110C-4, Stavanger-Sola, July 1941 and Messerschmitt Bf 110C-4, 7./ZG 76, Stavanger-Sola, February 1941.

Kagero provide all of the unit badges, code letters, numbers and kill marks, the modeller is required to provide the national insignia and stencil data.

Richard Reynolds.

 

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