Bf 110G-4 of Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, NJG4, Eggebek Germany, April 1945. Eduard kit, ExtraTech decals, scratchbuilt FuG 218 Neptune radar.
Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer is the highest-scoring night fighter pilot with 121 victories, including 114 Royal Air Force four-engine bombers. He was never shot down, although he was wounded once in the leg by defensive fire from an RAF Halifax. His best night came on 21FEB45 when he claimed nine RAF bombers over two sorties, post-war analysis indicates he may have actually downed ten. By the age of 22 Schnaufer was the Kommodore of NJG 4 and had been awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. He survived the war but was killed in an automobile accident in France in 1950. The tail fin of his last aircraft with his 121 victories is currently on display at the Imperial War Museum.
Bf 110G-4 of Oberst Helmut Lent, IV /NJG1, Leeuwarden Netherlands, Spring 1943. Eduard kit, Aimes decals. FuG 220 Lichtenstein SN-2 array replaced with the turned brass aftermarket version from Master Model, the small FuG 218C antenna is scratchbuilt. Helmut Lent began the war flying the Messerschmitt Bf 110 with Zerstörergeschwader 76 in the heavy fighter role. He participated in both the Polish and Norwegian Campaigns, during the latter he landed his damaged Bf 110 at Fornebu and negotiated the surrender of the Norwegian forces there. He participated in the Battle of Britain and had achieved eight day victories before being trained as a night fighter pilot. As a Nachtjagder he scored steadily, eventually reaching the total of 110 victories and being awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. He was killed on 05OCT44 when his Junkers Ju 88 crashed while attempting to land at Paterborn after the runway was damaged by USAAF B-17s.
Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8/R8 Sturmbock of Karl Rusack, 5./JG 300, Löbnitz Germany, January 1945, built from the Eduard kit.
Fw 190A-8/R8 Sturmbock of Karl Rusack, 5./JG 300, Löbnitz Germany, January 1945. Rusack was credited with five victories. He was shot down in April 1945 and survived the war. The aircraft is finished in a standard 74 / 75 / 76 scheme, oversprayed with dark green veins to provide better concealment on the ground from prowling Allied fighters. This aircraft is profiled in Claes Sundin’s Luftwaffe Fighter Aircraft in Profile No 1 and Kagero’s Fw 190s over Europe Part 2, which also provided the decals.
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.
Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8/R8 of Fw. Friedrich-Karl Frank, II. (Sturm)/JG 4, Welzow Germany, September 1944. Eduard kit.
This is the Fw 190A-8/R8 of Feldwebel Friedrich-Karl Frank, II.(Sturm)/JG 4, Welzow Germany, September 1944. Frank scored one victory, but was wounded and bailed out from this aircraft on 09NOV44 over Kovarska, Czechoslovakia. He was later killed in a take-off collision with another Fw 190.
Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8 II./JG 300, Bayreuth-Bindlach Germany, Spring 1945. Eduard kit.
Fw 190A-8 II./JG 300, Bayreuth-Bindlach Germany, Spring 1945. Unknown pilot, but interesting markings. The snake marking indicates this aircraft was assigned to JGr. 10, a unit tasked with developing weapons and tactics to combat American heavy bombers. Later this aircraft was reassigned to JG 300 as evidenced by the Reichsverteidigung (Reich Defense) fuselage band.
Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8 of Lt. Hans Dortenmann, 2./JG 54, Villacoublay France, June 1944.
Leutnant Hans Dortenmann was shot down in this aircraft near Paris on 26JUN44 but survived by bailing out. Dortenmann claimed 38 victories, 16 in the East and 22 in the West. He scored 18 of these with the Fw 190 D-9, making him the most successful fighter pilot in the Dora. He survived the war.
This is the Focke Wulf Fw 190A-7 of Hptm Rolf Hermichen Stab I./JG 11, Rothenburg Germany, 8 March 1944, built using the Eduard kit.
Rolf Hermichen survived the war, claiming 64 victories including 26 four engined bombers. JG 11 experimented with RLM 76 overspray on the fuselage sides to make their aircraft less conspicuous in the air. This aircraft is profiled in Claes Sundin’s More Luftwaffe Fighter Aircraft in Profile and Kagero’s Fw 190s over Europe Part 1, which also provided the decals. The A-7 variant was less common than the A-8, the easiest way to recognize one is the pitot tube is located just outboard of the cannon on the starboard wing on the A-7 instead of the wingtip as on the A-8.
This is the Focke Wulf Fw 190A-7 Neptune of Klaus Bretschneider, 6./JG 300, Rheine Germany, March 1944, built from the Eduard kit.
Klaus Bretschneider shot down 34 enemy aircraft; 14 RAF bombers at night, and 20 day-victories including 17 USAAF four engine bombers. He was shot down and killed in December 1944.
The Neptune radar aerials on this model were made from insect mounting pins. Markings are from EagleCals #89.
Focke Wulf Fw 190A-6 of Günther Schack, 8./JG 51, Orel-Slowitzki USSR, 15 July 1943
This is the Fw 190A-6 of Leutnant Günther Schack of 8./JG 51 as profiled by Claes Sundin in his book Luftwaffe Fighter Aircraft #3. Schack was on my list of missing Experten schemes for quite some time so I was very happy to find his aircraft illustrated in Sundin’s book. Schack claimed 174 victories on the Russian front and was shot down 15 times himself. He survived the war. The camouflage is the standard 74 / 75 / 76 with a dense green overspray.
Eduard’s Fw 190A-8 Royal Class boxing provides everything you need to build A-6 and A-7 versions using the standard wing and unarmored fuselage parts. Here is an A-6 “conversion” using the earlier upper cowling parts. The pitot tube is moved from the wing tip to the middle of the wing. The latches molded into the top of the cowling panels are filled, as is the circular panel line on the belly for the MW tank. If the centerline rack is carried it should be moved back about 3mm. Decals from the spares box.