Red 13 was piloted by Oberleutnant Klaus Faber from the airfield protection flight of JV 44, based at München-Rein in April of 1945. Faber considered 13 to be his lucky number, he survived the war with two victories. Red 13 got the Aeries engine & armament detail set, along with a whole lot of extra wiring. This aircraft had partial striping on the underside, the stripes did not run the length of the fuselage. The JaPo Fw 190D reference also shows partial striping on Red 4, Crandall shows it complete. The fuselage inscription reads, “ ‘Rein MuB er’ und wenn wir beide Weinen!” Which means “In he goes even though both of us will cry!”
Tamiya Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 kit with Aeries resin engine, scratch wheel bays, and EagleCals decals.
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.
This is Red 3 from the airfield protection flight of JV 44, based at München-Rein in April of 1945. The pilot was Haupmann Waldemar Wübke. Wübke was one of the Luftwaffe pilots who served from the beginning of the war to the end. He was a “Jabo” or fighter-bomber pilot, the inscription on his aircraft reads “Im Auftrage der Reichsbahn”, which means “By order of the State Railway” – a commonly-seen inscription on railcars hauling bombs. Although shot down and wounded on several occasions, Wübke survived the war with sixteen victories to his credit.
This is the Tamiya kit with decals from EagleCals sheet #14.
Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8/R8 of Unteroffizer Willi Unger, 12./JG 3, Barth Germany, 20 May 1944. Built from the Eduard kit.
Fw 190A-8/R8 of Unteroffizer Willi Unger, 12./JG 3, Barth Germany, 20 May 1944. Ungar achieved 24 victories, 21 of them heavy bombers. He survived the war. This aircraft is fitted with the unusual Krebs Gerät (crab device), a 21cm mortar which was designed to fire backwards as the fighter passed through an Allied bomber formation. It was quickly withdrawn from service as being impractical to aim accurately. Markings are from EagleCals #8.