Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6s of Luftwaffe unit JG 53, all with personal fuselage art, are the subject of Iliad Design’s latest 1/48 decal sheet.
If you favour the Bf 109 as a modelling subject, or aircraft flown in the Italian theatre, this 1/48 decal sheet (48002a) from Iliad Design offers markings for six Bf 109G-6 aircraft that operated from Sicily in 1943. In June of that year, the machines were each adorned with a different piece of artwork on the fuselage.
The motifs all featured the ‘Pik As’ emblem of JG 53 (with added arms and legs) at their core, but the cartoon themes are varied, from the now well-known Seeman ― the badge sailing in a small boat ― to another Pik As using a bow and arrow against a tank, and another holding a lion by the scruff of the neck. Little detail is known about the story behind each piece of décor, but they make for a much more interesting ‘109 build… and the sheet is perfect if you wish to portray several, or all, as part of a theme.
All aircraft shown on the instructions are equipped with the R6 Rüstsatze MG 151 cannon gondolas under the wings, and it’s stated that they are also Tropical versions – but no sand filters are fitted. All sporting white digits (3+I, 5+I, 6+I, 7+I, 8+I and 9+I), white fuselage bands and yellow under-nose cowlings.
The sheet costs $12 direct from Iliad Design , and note that the markings are also available in 1/32 scale on sheet 32001 for the same price, although the latter item provides just two sets of national insignia – whereas the 1/48 option offers national insignia for four aircraft. The printing is excellent, the decals laying on thin, gloss carrier film, with good opacity on the white markings.