Tamiya Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7 of Leutnant Hermann Graf in 1/72 Scale

This is Hermann Graf’s Bf 109 E-7 of 9. / JG 52 at Byelaya Tserkov, Ukraine, August 1941.  JG 52 would go on to become the most successful fighter wing in history with over 10,000 victories, and produced the top three highest scoring aces of all time – Erich Hartmann (352), Gerhard Barkhorn (302), and Günther Rall (275).  Graf was the first pilot to achieve a total of 200 victories, his final tally was 212.

8 thoughts on “Tamiya Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7 of Leutnant Hermann Graf in 1/72 Scale

  1. And all those victories didn’t matter for squat. In any air campaign, the individual victories (which have been overclaimed by a factor of 3 by all parties in every air force since 1915 – this is not a slam on the individual claimants; it’s impossible in an air combat to know anything for certain, and very few claims have ever been shown to have been intentional lies – in fact there are only two pilots known to have done that) are nothing more than propaganda and morale-boosters. The only way to determine the success of an air campaign is to look at the final result: which side was able to use its resources to impose its will and achieve its goal. The top German aces could have had scores of 1,000 and it wouldn’t have mattered. For every one they shot down, they were replaced by 3 more, while for every one of them shot down, there was no replacement at all.

    And that’s a very nice model indeed. You should try the new Special Hobby 1/72 Emils, they’re wonderful.

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    1. The claims vs. actual victories argument gets too pedantic for my tastes. For comparison purposes I defer to Toliver and Constable, mainly to have a consistent basis. Leonidas was not ultimately successful, but he is still remembered.

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