I find the 109 the most fascinating warplane ever. In production for 10 years, it had so many variants, and served in the colorful markings of so many different theaters, that I never get tired of modeling it.
Oblt. Gunther Lutzow, 2.J/88,
Condor Legion, Spanish Civil War, 1937
HobbyCraft 1/48 kit, with Aeromaster Decals.
II/JG 132, 1939
HobbyCraft 1/48 kit, with Clasic Airframes Decals.
Oblt. Hans Schmoller-Haldy, 3.J/88,
Condor Legion, Spanish Civil War, 1939
Hasegawa 1/48 Scale kit, in a little multimedia vignette which includes resin barrels and crate by Verlinden.
Hauptman Erich Mix
Stab I./JG53, November 1939
Hasegawa 1/48 Scale kit, in an interesting experimental scheme. Aeromaster decals.
Messerschmitt Bf-109F-4 Trop|
6/JG3, North Africa, 1942
Piloted by Franz Schwaiger.
Hasegawa 1/48 scale kit with a true Details Cockpit
Messerschmitt Bf-109F-4/z Trop|
I/JG27, Libya, 1942
One of the many 109s belonging to "The Star of Africa," the highest scoring ace in the theater.
Airfix 1/48 scale kit with a Falcon conversion kit upgrading it to the tropicalized version.
Maj. Hans Trautloft
Kdr., JG54, Russia, Summer 1942
The Hasegawa 1/48 kit sporting an unusal 3-color scheme.
Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6/R3/R6 "gunboat"|
2./JG300, Germany, Summer 1944
The Hasegawa 1/48 kit in a night fighter sceheme with Aeromaster decals and a resin cockpit by True Details.
Royal Hungarian Air Force
The old Fujimi "109G-K" kit with a hand-painted scheme I found in an IPMS monthly a while ago.
Croatian Air Force, April 1945
A kitbash of the Fujimi and Revell kits to create one of the many subtypes of G-10 that wasn't available at the time. Before you say anything about the order of the listing, the G-14 was fielded BEFORE the G-10, as a stopgap, due to delays in G-10 production.
Defense of the Riech, 1945
The unmodified Revell 1/48 kit with Aeromaster decals.
Uffz. Martin Deskau, 11./JG3, March 1944
The pretty little Heller 1/72 kit. I did some detailing in the cockpit and set it on a muddy parking area base.
Lt. Ernst Dieter Bernhard, III/JG53
Kaufbeuren, Germany, 1945
Revell's 1/48 G-10 reissued with parts to make a K-4.
Aeomaster decals, Medallion Models cockpit, True Details wheels.
Messerschmitt Me-109Z "Zwilling" Night Fighter|
One prototype was built of the "Siamese Twin" 109 as a proposal for a new heavy fighter using existing tooling. It was destroyed in a bombing raid, and never flew. Here, I imagine what it may have looked like if the plan had been successful and the line continued through a late-war night fighter variant.
Two Hobbycraft 109G-2s married to a Cutting Edge resin conversion wing, and radar parts from DML's Ju-88 series.
III/JG51, Reich Defense, late 1945?
A proposed improvement over the basic 109, giving it a more powerful engine, better wings and a wide-track landing gear.
A 1/48 scale resin kit by Classic Resin Airframes, in conjectural markings.
Prototype for a further evolution of the line, as built and test flown.
Czech Models limited run plastic kit in 1/48, with resin cockpit.
A proposed development of the Me-309 with a mid-engine, forward-cockpit arrangement.
Trumpeter, 1/48 scale plastic kit.
Avia S.199 "Mule"|
No. 101 Sq., Chel Ha'avir, 1948
Czechoslovakia, who built 109s under license during the war, found itself with a number of 109Gs afterward with no engines. So they stuck Junkers Jumo engines on them to create to worst-handling 109s in history. The fledgling Israeli Air Force bought them. Thus, the Jewish Messerschmitt:
Ventura Models 1/48 Scale limited plastic kit.
Hispano Ha-1112M1L(C4K) "Buchon"|
71 Sq., Ejercito del Aire, Spain, 1958
Spain re-engined their own Me-109s with British Rolls Royce Merlin engines - Messerschmitts with Spitfire engines! - and carried on flying them into the 1960s. Most of them were purchased for the production of the film "The Battle of Britain" in 1968, and from there found their way into private ownership. Many are still flying at airshows today.
Hobbycraft 1/48 scale kit.