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  1. The early production Bf 109 Fs did not have the lens cover, it was introduced during F-2 production. The photo above with the man is painting a cockade on the wingtip is an accurate depiction and is not missing a lens cover. I believe Zvedza is the only kit manufacturer to pick up on this detail in their 1/48 scale Bf 109 F-2 kit, in that it provides both types. The bulb itself would have been subcontracted and very likely interchangeable between various marks.
  2. Aeromaster 48-582 has the marking your researching, available here https://www.ultracast.ca/AeroMaster-48-582-Bf-109E-Battle-of-Britain-p/am48582.htm
  3. Wings appear to match, note camouflage demarcation and smudging? outboard of the cross.
  4. Starboard view, the 14 appears lighter than the fuselage cross. Spinner back plate appears slightly darker than cap, possibly RLM71 with red. Note that wing cross extends onto leading edge slat. Another shot of the starboard fuselage, 14 appears as dark as the fuselage cross.
  5. I believe that Aeromaster is incorrect. There were no factory built F-2 Trops. There was a single field modified example (Werk Nummer 5445) assigned to 2 (H)./14.
  6. WNr. 8400 through 8806 comprised a total of 390 machines, of which 325 aircraft were built as the F-4/Trop and 55 built as the F-4Z The remaining 10 were evenly split between F-4/R2 and F-4/R3.
  7. Even model manufacturers are confused... The Z modification allowed a brief increase in performance only at higher altitudes and required the GM-1 fuel. However, the air war in North Africa was fought at medium to low altitudes so Z modified machines would be of limited value. Additionally the GM-1 additive would be an additional logistical burden on a vulnerable supply system. The kit that ICM identifies as a Bf 109Z-4/Trop is really a F-4 Trop, W. Nr. 10137, built by Erla GmbH.
  8. There was no F-2 Trop and no F-4z Trop machines were sent to North Africa. Your cited references are dated, much new information has surfaced in the last 40 years.
  9. Here is the artist rendition from the old Profile Publication.
  10. Interesting observation on the upper wing cross.
  11. Wiener Neustädter Flugzeugwerke (WNF) build.
  12. The tie down cable superposition over the landing gear cover clearly established that it is the same photo. If the photo was taken from a different position the superposition would be altered...and it is not.
  13. The two photos immediately above (sourced from Krzyzan M (1995) Fw 190D Ta 152 A J Press Gdansk) are actually from the same photo. One of which has been retouched to depict the aircraft in its presumed wartime configuration. Note the two aircraft are in the same exact position on the tarmac, the location of the trees on the horizon, and the location of the tie down ropes establish that they are one and the same.
  14. My use of the word experimentation above was a poor choice, perhaps field expedient is more appropriate. As far as formal experiments of color on combat aircraft, I do not think it is really feasible. The RLM had the facilities to test camouflage paint without having to resort to what would amount to large scale field testing in a combat environment. Just compiling your test results would be would very haphazard due to attrition and combat losses. Also if field testing did occur why the variation in schemes and why was the application left to the field units. Too many uncontrollable variables for any meaningful testing. If RLM 74/75 and 76 were available for field testing is the summer of 1940 why the delay until the winter of 1941 in getting them in full scale use.
  15. The standard Luftwaffe fighter camouflage was RLM 02 Gray/ 71 Dark Green over 65 Blue during this period. The first deliveries of the Bf 109 F and the Fw 190 A arrived in this scheme. But there is documented use of grays from the summer of 1940 until the adoption of the official RLM 74/75/76 scheme in November of 1941. I suspect that these grays were created at unit level. JG 51, JG 26 and 54 have a history of experimentation with camouflage schemes and colors during this period, while other units like JG 2 seem to have kept the official stipulated colors. There were color photographs taken of the Bf 110 D-0 S9+CK, during its examination at Vultee Aircraft in the USA, and it appears to be in the factory applied 02/71/65 scheme. I have also seen color stills from a motion picture taken of this same machine and it appears to be painted in in distinctive grey tones.
  16. There is surviving Telex messaging between Focke Wulf and the RLM (Travemünde Test Center) regarding the implementation of the trial elimination of camouflage paint on the undersurfaces of 50 Fw 190s to be conducted at the Focke Wulf Sorau factory. These communications clearly indicate that it is only the camouflage paint that is to be eliminated. Focke Wulf states that metal surfaces will be primed with 119D primer provided by Warnecke & Böhm. Additionally shade 76 is to be applied to tail surfaces finished in red dope and to any wooden components on the wing and fuselage undersides.
  17. Yes, very impressive especially the brush painted mottle.
  18. RLM 81 and 82 were developed to replace RLM 70 and 71, because the later were prone to fading to gray when exposed to UV light. Remember that the new colors were initially conceived for the purpose of replacing 70/71, not for application on fighters. When the new colors were finally approved the the tactical situation required the Germans to consider defensive camouflage schemes for its fighters and and the older gray air offensive scheme gave way to the new greens. At about the same time the Germans stopped bomber production and focused on fighters. There is some surviving material on the testing of there new colors (81, 82) which concerns their resistance to fading on UV exposure. It is very unlikely this or any other testing would be carried out in a combat situation. Additionally there is substantial photographic documentation of JG 54 employing unusual camouflage practices (and apparently colors) as far back as 1939. So the color photographs of the Fw 190s above are most likely only coincidentally related to RLM 81 and 82.
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