11107 Eduard, Adlerangriff Messerschmidt Bf 109E. Limited Edition. Scale 1:32 FREE Postage

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Adlerangriff, Messerschmidt Bf 109E, Battle of Britain, Limited Edition, 1:32 Scale

11107 - Eduard

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 E series was the first of the Bf 109 family to be fitted with the Daimler Benz DB601A engine, resulting in a significant improvement in performance. 

Two variants were manufactured in parallel - the lightweight Bf 109 E-1 which retained the wing-mounted 7.9mm machine guns of the earlier Bf 109 B, C and D; and the Bf 109 E-3 which was fitted with one 20mm MG FF cannon in each wing. Both variants featured two additional 7.92mm machine guns in the cowl.

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 shared the armament of the E-3 but introduced a number of improvements, including a revised canopy.

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 fought alongside the Bf 109 E-1 and E-3 in the invasion of France and the Low Countries and the Battle of Britain in addition to later campaigns in the Balkans, North Africa and the Soviet Union.

Unternehmen Adlerangriff ("Operation Eagle Attack") was the codename of a military operation by the Luftwaffe to destroy the British Royal Air Force.

By June 1940, the Allies had been defeated in Western Europe and Scandinavia. Rather than come to terms with Germany, Britain rejected all overtures for a negotiated peace.

During the Battle of Britain, Hitler gave the German armed forces a directive that ordered provisional preparations for invasion of Britain. This operation was codenamed Operation Sea Lion.

Before this could be carried out, air superiority or air supremacy was required. The Luftwaffe was to destroy the RAF in order to prevent it from attacking the invasion fleet or providing protection for the Royal Navy's Home Fleet, which might attempt to prevent a landing by sea.

On 1 August Hitler gave the Luftwaffe's commander-in-chief, Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring and the Oberkommando der Luftwaffe a directive to launch the air assault. The essential target was RAF Fighter Command. The service's destruction would deny the British their air superiority asset.

Throughout July and early August, the Germans made preparations for Adlertag - the first day of Adlerangriff. The date of the assault was postponed several times because of bad weather. Eventually, it was carried out on 13 August 1940.

The German attacks on 13 August inflicted significant damage and casualties on the ground, but, marred by poor intelligence and communication, they did not make a significant impression on Fighter Command's ability to defend British air space.

Göring had promised Hitler that Adlertag and Adlerangriff would achieve the results required within days, or at worst weeks. It had meant to be the beginning of the end of RAF Fighter Command, but Adlertag and the following operations failed to destroy the RAF, or gain the necessary local air superiority. As a result, Operation Sea Lion was postponed indefinitely.

The Model

Eduard's 1/32 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 Adlerangriff boxing comprises 172 parts in grey coloured plastic, 12 parts in clear, two photo-etched frets (one in colour), canopy masks, four parts in grey resin, one part in white resin, a resin figure (made up from nine more grey resin pieces) markings for 13 aircraft plus full stencil data.

  • plastic parts: Eduard
  • marking options: 11
  • decals: Eduard
  • PE parts: yes, pre-painted
  • painting mask: yes
  • resin parts: yes, wheels
  • extra bonus: figure of Adolf Galland

      Glue and paint are required but are not included.

      This outstanding model kit also includes FREE postage to anywhere in Australia.

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