1/48 Eduard Bf 109F-4/trop, W.Nr. 8693, flown by Lt. Hans-Joachim Marseille, 3./JG 27, North Africa, February 1942.
This aircraft was flown by Lt. Hans-Joachim Marseille, a fighter ace with 158 kills to his credit. He was awarded the Knight´s Cross with Swords, Oak Leaves and Diamonds. He managed to shoot down enemy aircraft very frequently, enabling German propaganda to make him a star. Marseille was killed in accident on September 30, 1942. The camouflage consisted of RLM 79 Sandgelb on the upper surfaces and RLM 78 Himmelblau on the lower. The rudder was adorned with fifty kill marks and appears to have been oversprayed with a red-brown primer. Marseille achieved his fiftieth kill (and No.49 as well) on February 21, 1942. His victim, in both cases, was a Kittyhawk. The white painted wingtips and fuselage band were Luftwaffe markings used on aircraft flown in the Mediterranean.