The first Bf-109G “Gustav” entered service in March 1942. New features were a pressurized
cockpit with three larger guns mounted on the nose and none on the wings but could be field
mounted. The Bf-109G could overheat causing oil leaks; starting a fire forcing the pilot to bail out.
The Gustav was produced in many variants including long-range fighters, recon fighters and
bomber destroyers. The Bf-109G-6 lacked a pressurized cockpit but was the most numerous Bf-
109 produced and the first to carry 13mm machine guns; equivalent to the American 50 caliber
On January 30, 1944 Erich Hartmann claimed six enemy aircraft; his 178th – 183rd victories and
on February 1, 1944 Erich Hartmann claimed another five victories; his 186th – 190th. On
February 26, 1944 10 Airacobras fell victim to Hartmann. On October 1, 1944 he was appointed
Staffelkapitän of 4./JG 52 (or 7./JG 52) based in Hungary and by year’s end Hartmann had a total
of 331 victories. At the end of WWII Hartmann’s total victory tally stood at 352 after having flown
Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6 specifications
Production timeline – February 1943 – October 1943
Number produced – 5,000+
Length – 9.04m (29ft (8in)
Wingspan – 9.92m (32ft 6.5in)
Height – 2.5m (8ft 2.25in)
Empty – 2,700kg (5,900lb)
Operational – 3,400kg (7,500lb)
Powerplant – Daimler-Benz DB605A-1, 12 cylinder inverted vee, liquid cooled, 1,475hp
Maximum speed – 640km/h (398mph)
Range – 850km (528miles)
Service ceiling – 12,000m (39,370ft)
2 X 13mm (.51in) synchronized MG 131 machine guns with 300 rounds each
1 X 20mm (.78in) MG 151/20 cannon as centerline Motorkanone firing through propeller hub
with 200 rounds
1 X 30mm (1.18in) MK 108 cannon as centerline Motorkanone with 65 round per gun (G-6/U4
2 X 20mm MG 151/20 under-wing cannon pods with 135 round per gun (Rustsatz V option)
Rockets - 2 X 21 cm (8 in) Wfr. Gr. 21 rockets (G-6 with BR21)
1 X 250 kg (551 lb) bomb
4 X 50 kg (110 lb) bombs
1 X 300 litre (79 US gal) drop tank
1/48 scale pre-finished.
Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.
All markings pad applied for superb results.
Canopy slides open.
Comes with a pilot that can be removed.
Comes with display stand.
Landing gear is fully retractable and can be displayed up or down.
Propeller is metal.
Extremely sought after by collectors.
|Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
BF 109G-6 "Erich Hartmann"
4./JG 52 Hungary, 1944
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