11140 Eduard, WILDE SAU, BF-109G. Episode One:Ring of Fire, Dual Combo. Ltd Ed. FREE Postage1:48 Scale
WILDE SAU, BF-109G. Episode One:Ring of Fire, Dual Combo. 1:48 Scale
11140 - Eduard
Germany was by 1942 beginning to feel the effects of the RAF’s night time bombing offensive particularly with the 1000 bomber raids. Radar equipped night fighters which had previously had some success, were being overwhelmed by the sheer number of bombers and the counter measures that came with them. The raid and subsequent fire storm suffered by Hamburg on the night of July 24th, 1943 brought things to a head.
A Luftwaffe bomber pilot Oberst Hajo Herrmann came up with the idea of using regular single seat day fighters as night fighters to counter the nocturnal bomber threat. A specialist group of flyers based at Bonn-Hangelar was set up using a tactic known as ‘Wilde Sau’ literally translated as Wild Boar. They took on a free hunting role against the bombers. The specially chosen pilots would fly into the bomber streams using their skill and keen eye sight to hunt and down the bombers. Their debut was on the night of July 3rd/4th during an attack on Köln. Ten of the twelve bombers shot down that night were downed by the Wilde Sau unit.
The aircraft were modified with flame guards [Blendschutzleiste] over the exhaust pipes. The cockpit had extra blind flying instruments, essential for the spatially challenged environment of flying in the night sky. There was a display for the tracking the homing signal, increasing the odds for the pilot returning safely. The FuG 16 ZY lead the pilots to the area being bombed and the FuG 25a provided the radar operators [IFF] with the information where the friendlies were. A great threat to the fighter pilots was being hit by their own flak. Pfeife [whistles] were fitted to the exhausts providing an audible warning that the aircraft were operating in an area. Infra-red lights were also fitted. Erkennungs-signal [flares] were also employed.
The poor endurance of the Bf-109G was improved with the fitting of external fuel tanks. Three MG 151/20 cannons were fitted, two of which were placed in gondolas under the wing. In addition, two MG 131 machine guns were also fitted. The combination proved quite a punch against the multi engine bombers. Later during operations the armored protection behind the pilots head would be removed. It was deemed inappropriate as it was unlikely that a Wilde Sau aircraft would be engaged from the rear. It also meant that the pilot had a better chance of evacuating the aircraft in the dark.
Wilde Sau Episode One: Ring of Fire contains two 1/48 scale Bf 109G-6 kits so you can model the base type or the Bf 109G-6/R6. The top opening box is full of superbly detailed plastic parts. The panel lines and rivet detail are excellent and consistent. Everything is individually wrapped keeping anything that drops off safely stored.
As mentioned, this release is a duo combo with pre-coloured photo etched parts and some resin parts. Included there are:
- 10 x Grey plastic sprues
- 2 x Clear plastic sprues
- 16 x Resin parts including wheels, Pfeife [whistles]
- 2 x Pre-coloured photo etched parts
- 1 x sheet of paint masks
- 3 x sheets of decals
- Wilde Sau enamelled metal Pin
- 16 page Full Colour Gloss Instruction manual
This is a Limited edition kit of German WWII aircraft Bf 109G-5/6 in 1/48 scale and focuses on machines from JG 300, JG 301 and JG 302.
- plastic parts: Eduard
- marking options: 10
- decals: Eduard
- PE parts: yes, pre-painted
- painting mask: yes
- resin parts: yes, wheels and "Eberspächer" acoustic pipe
- metal pin with the Wilde Sau emblem (13 x 15 mm)
Glue and paint are required but are not included.
This Limited Edition kit also includes FREE POSTAGE to anywhere in Australia.