Messerschmitt Bf 109D-1 6•79 'Luchs', Hauptmann Werner
3.J/88, 'Legion Condor', The Spanish Civil War, November 1938
A war between Nationalists and Republicans the Spanish Civil War is highly
complex but in 1936 Hitler decided to support the Nationalist forces which
were led by General Franco, this German involvement was to be called 'Operation
Many of the German pilots who fought in the Spanish Civil War with 'Legion
Condor' would go on to acheive greater fame as aces in the Battle of Britain
only a few years later. German pilots involved in the Spanish Civil War
would include Adolf Galland, Heinrich Ehrler, Wolfgang Schellmann, Eduard
Neumann, and Werner Molders.
The Spanish Civil War was also the debut for a new German fighter which
was later to become a legend in the hands of the Luftwaffe in World War
II, this fighter was the Messerschmitt Bf 109. This new monoplane fitted
with leading edge slats, a powerful Daimler Benz engine and four machine
guns outclassed all Republican aircraft in combat and in the hands of
the German pilots it was deadly.
Werner Molders was one such pilot, affectionately known as 'Vati' (father)
he was the highest scoring German pilot of the Spanish Civil War with
fourteen victories against the Republicans, although his aircraft bares
fifteen 'kills'. The aircraft also carries the title 'Luchs' (Lynx) thought
to be a reference to Molders having eyes like a Lynx.
Molders developed the tactic of assembling his fighters in a loose formation
of four (the Schwarm), tactics which were to stand the fighters of the
Luftwaffe in good stead during the Battle of Britain.
Scale 1:72 Wingspan 5.41" (137.5 mm)
Base size 6.37" (162 mm) square (No. 4)
Weight not including base 5.5 ozs (153 grams) Limited edition of 100 only