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Messerschmitt Bf 109 E | by Opëx Røver
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Messerschmitt Bf 109 E

Here's the special surprise I promised you guys. It feels good to finally get something uploaded again. Special thanks to Legohaulic and FirstInfantry for some of the design. Decals provided by Tamiya. Quite proud of it since I haven't been know to make aircraft... Hope you enjoy, had a blast building it!

 

Bf 109 E-4 flown by Hauptmann Helmut Wick, October 1940: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helmut_Wick

 

During the first half of the Second World War, the Messerschmitt Bf109 E was the main fighter of the German Air force. The E-4 contained a 1,100 hp Daimler Benz DB 601Aa engine and was armed with two 7.9mm machine guns on the nose, as well as a 20mm cannon on each wing. For some aircraft, bulletproof glass was used to reinforce the front of the canopy. Displaying superb acceleration and diving ability, the E-type planes overpowered the RAF’s Hawker Hurricane and equaled the Spitfire fighters in the Battle of Britain. However, with a flight range of only 560km, the E-4 planes were limited to just fifteen minutes of combat over British skies. Thus, the Luftwaffe bombers were not given sufficient support and sustained heavy damage. To deal with the drawback, the E-4 planes were equipped with an additional 300L fuel tank. These improved fighters, called E-7, were first deployed at the end of 1940. After the Battle of Britain, the E-4/7 planes were sent to the front lines of Northern Africa. As the Bf109 F-type fighter’s production advanced, the E-4/7 was retired from the front lines. Although the E-4/7 was retired, it continued to see action, mainly for ground support duty until the summer of 1942.

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Taken on January 6, 2007