The BF109 was designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Robert Lusser whilst working for the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke during the early to mid 30s. Messerschmitt would take over the company in 1938.
The Bf109 first entered service in 1937. The E model was the first variant to use the Daimler-Benz DB601 engine that was 33% more powerful than the earlier Jumo type.
The E Model entered combat during the Spanish Civil war and was the main type used until 1941.
E models took part in the Battle of Britain. Early versions were hampered by their lack of range. This was rectified by the E-7 model that could carry a 300l drop tank. Earlier versions were often retrofitted with this tank.
During the Battle of Britain the Bf109 was utilised as an escort fighter.
It had superior performance to the opposing Hurricanes but the difference in performance to the Spitfire was marginal and almost always surmounted by tactical conditions.
This model represents a Messerchmitt Bf109E during the Battle of Britain.
Academy 1/72 kit completed by Steve Pulbrook in 2015.