Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7 Trop (Eduard 1:48 #84167)

I was very impressed with just how much detail that Eduard has packed into this 1:48 kit. I found the parts fit to be excellent, the Eduard made decals are super thin and much of the included detailing (such as the full engine) all represent excellent value for money. I wanted to build an early 109E "Emil" finished in the distinctive RLM 79 Sand coloring. Luckily Eduard had released just the markings I wanted in a weekend edition boxing.

This aircraft was assigned to Lt. Werner Schroer, a member of 1st Staffel of JG 27 according to some sources. This seasoned pilot achieved 61 kills over Africa. The first of them was a Hurricane downed on April 19, 1941 over Tobruk, Libya. Later on, Schroer served as Gruppenadjutant of I./JG 27. The end of the war saw him as Geschwaderkommodore of JG 3 with 114 kills to his credit (including 26 four-engined bombers). He was awarded the Ritterkreuz on October 21, 1942 and on April 19, 1945 he became a recipient of the Schwerten. Nevertheless this Emil belonged to 2nd Staffel of JG 27, in all probability, and Schroer never served within this part of JG 27. So, four kill marks on the rudder belonged to another, unidentified, pilot. The red spinner and red outline of the fuselage number are 2nd Staffel identifiers.