Red 4 is a Focke-Wulf D-11, piloted by Lt. Karl-Heinz Hofmann from the airfield protection flight of JV 44, based at München-Rein in April of 1945. Most profiles show a White <58 marking under the Red 4, and the EagleCals sheet includes this marking. After studying the photographs of Red 4 I decided to leave it off. Photographs where the <58 can be seen also show the Balkenkreuz to be badly weathered, with streaks of black showing through the white bars. Some of these pictures were taken after the aircraft had sat outside in the elements for several months. My rational is that in April 1945 the paint would have been fresh and the underlying layers of paint would still be obscured. The inscription reads “Der nächste Herr – dieselbe Dame!”, which means “The next man, the same woman!”.
This is a simple conversion from the standard Tamiya D-9 kit, the differences are a resin propelled and carburetor intake scoop along with modifications to the wing and fuselage armament. Decals are from EagleCals sheet #14.