ICM Sd.Kfz. 222 in 1/72 Scale

I’ve always been fond of this design, and armored cars in general.  The Sd.Kfz.222 was usually employed as a scout car, but had enough firepower to be a threat to softskin vehicles and infantry. The main gun was a 20mm, with coaxial MG 34 machine gun.

Fine Molds Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 of Hauptmann Heinrich Ehrler in 1/72 Scale

Heinrich Ehrler was assigned to Jagdgeswader 5 “Eismeer” on the Arctic Front for most of the war, eventually leading the unit as Geschwaderkommodore.  He was awarded the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves and was ultimately credited with 204 aerial victories.

He was most famous for being scapegoated for failing to prevent the sinking of the battleship Tirpitz by RAF Lancasters on 12NOV44.  Even though Ehrler was in the air with 9./JG 5 at the time, several communication errors resulted in the Eismeer fighters not being notified of the RAF attack.  In fact, the command had not even been notified that the Tirpitz had been moved into the area.  None the less, Ehrler was court-martialed for cowardice.

On 01MAR45 Hitler pardoned Ehrler.  His rank of Major was reinstated and he was assigned to JG 7, then flying the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter.  Although he claimed a further ten victories on the jet, he was emotionally devastated.  On an intercept mission against an American bomber stream on 04APR45, he claimed two B-17s.  He then radioed his unit, his last transmission was, “Theo, Heinrich here. Have just shot down two bombers. No more ammunition. I’m going to ram. Auf Wiedersehen, see you in Valhalla!”

The model depicts Heinrich Ehrler’s Bf 109F-4, of 6. / JG 5, at Petsamo, Finland, MAR43

Revell Horton Ho 229 Whiffer in 1/72 Scale

Revell Horten Ho 229 in 1/72 Scale

The Horten Ho 229 (also known as the Horten H.IX or Gotha Go 229) was designed to meet an RLM requirement for an aircraft capable of carrying a 1,000 kg bombload a radius of 1,000 km at a speed of 1,000 km/hr.  This “3 x 1,000” requirement was impossible to achieve with a propeller-driven aircraft, and challenging for a jet aircraft due to the high fuel consumption of the early engines.

The Horten brothers submitted a design for a flying-wing aircraft, which reduced drag considerably compared to a conventional layout.  Glider trials proved promising, and the design was refined by Gotha for mass production.  The first prototype flew on 02 February 1945.  Several additional test aircraft were in development when the war in Europe ended.  The V3 aircraft was brought to the United States after the war, it is currently under restoration at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

The model is painted in an RLM 82 / 83 splinter camouflage derived from the pattern authorized for the Me 262.  Location of the “Yellow 2” individual aircraft markings is a guess, but locating them on the landing gear covers and boattail would allow the aircraft to be identified both in the air and on the ground so I thought it was plausible.

Dragon Arado E.381 Julia Whiffer in 1/72 Scale

The Arado E.381 project was symbolic of the desperate situation faced by the Third Reich in 1944.  Ever-increasing numbers of Allied aircraft pounded Germany both day and night, each raid reducing the ability to continue the war.  The Luftwaffe was on the defensive and was powerless to protect the Reich.  The Arado E.381 was designed to be easy to produce and operate.  The pilot lay prone in the aircraft, which was to be carried aloft by a conventional bomber to be released near an Allied bomber stream.  The E.381 was powered by a Walther HWK 109-509 liquid rocket engine and carried a single 30 mm cannon, the pilot was intended to make two firing passes before gliding clear and landing the aircraft on its belly skid.

Revell Focke-Wulf Flitzer Whiffer in 1/72 Scale

The Focke-Wulf Flitzer design had entered the mock-up phase at the end of the war in Europe.  It shares the same general configuration as the successful DeHavilland Vampire, but early drawings added a liquid-fueled rocked for added acceleration.  This feature would likely have been dropped on production aircraft.  I also thought the wings looked a bit short and extended them both by about ¾ of an inch (18 mm) at the tips.

The aircraft is painted in a late-war camouflage scheme with the blue-white-blue Reich’s Defense Bands of JG 300.  The Ruhrstahl X-4 air-to-air missiles are spares from Revell P.1101 kits.

Dragon Focke-Wulf Ta 152 H-0 of Oberfeldwebel Walter Loos in 1/72 Scale

Walter Loos didn’t join his first operational unit until January 1944, and was one of the few late arrivals to survive the war.  He served with the Sturmgruppe IV./JG 3, whose mission was to penetrate the massed American bomber formations in heavily armored Focke-Wulf Fw 190’s and engage the bombers at close range.  While he was credited with destroying 22 heavy bombers, he was himself shot down 9 times.  He was credited with a final score of 38 aerial victories.

The model represents Loos’ Ta 152H-0 of Stab/JG 301 based at Neustadt-Glewe in Germany during April 1945.

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