SH72454 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 ‘Lightly-Armed Emil’ - new Emil version boxart by Standa Hajek

 Just a couple of days ago, our fabulous Standa Hajek finished his latest masterpiece, the boxart painting for the upcoming SH72454 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 ‘Lightly-Armed Emil’ kit in 1/72 scale. The art depicts Bf 109E-1 Red 16 as flown by Oberleutnant Fritz Losigkeit of 2./JG26, who in the period of May to September 1940 downed five RAF aeroplanes. From July the next year until January 1942, he was working in Japan as a member of the military attache staff, doing comparative trial flights between a Bf 109E and its Japanese counterpart fighters. When he returned to Germany in ‘42, Losigkeit find himself flying combat missions again. He also rose in the ranks, becoming the CO of JG51 in 1944. In April 1945 he took over the command of JG77 and on 28 April, he was awarded the Knight's Cross. In total, he would have claimed 68 aerial victories, there are sources however claiming just 51 confirmed. Along with Losigkeit's Emil, there are three more eye-catching schemes in this box.






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