Edition No. 8
S u m m a r y
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||German and English text in
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Reviewed by Steven "Modeldad"
LIF Edition 8 is available online from Squadron.com
If you are not acquainted
with the Luftwaffe In Focus series by now, then the easiest thing to do
is to take a look at these previous reviews of
Edition No. 6 and
Edition No. 7, they will bring you up to date.
periodical clearly intended for those with a serious interest in the
Luftwaffe during World War Two, Edition Number 8 will not disappoint.
previously noted, Luftwaffe In Focus presents an article, or articles,
that stands out in each edition, and Edition 8 has its fair share. For
me, the two central articles in this Edition are the “Painted Markings
on the Tails of He 111 of 2./ KG 54” and “Missing at Bastogne –A Victim
of the Ardennes Offensive”. There is also a good little piece on the
yellow “V” marking of Luftflotte 4.
regard to the He 111 article, it appears that with a lot of time on
their hands during the “Phony War” of 1939, German crews applied
elaborate art to the fuselage and tails of their He 111s. Given the
size of the fuselage and tail, it made a nice canvas. This article
focuses on one particular He 111 P, coded B3+BK, which, in addition to
the large “Totenkopf” emblem, had a ‘bunny rabbit’ and ‘raven diving
with bomb’ painted on the fin.
those who focus on the specifics of Luftwaffe markings, this aircraft is
interesting in other respects. The aircraft codes are oddly placed and
partially obliterated. The swastika is in a late war style, simply a
white outline, without the black, yet the year was 1939.
the fact that Koster Aero Enterprises produces (or produced) a He 111 H
/ P detail set (kit No. 20), which includes vac-form cowls to make a P
model, it would be great if decals would be printed for not only these
fuselage marking, but other He 111 fuselage art as well.
other article of interest looks at the last moments of Fw 190 F-8, Black
10, flown by Heinrich Zotlötterer of 8./SG 4. The article contains two
very good photos and a profile of this aircraft.
modeler, this would be a most interesting subject. While the article
points out that the aircraft had a replacement tail, with its own and
different camouflage pattern, it seems to me that the aircraft had a
replacement cowling as well. The camouflage on the cowling has a
distinct and different pattern reminiscent of a USN Tri-Color scheme. It
also appears to be less worn than the fuselage. As to the exact colors
of the cowling, perhaps RLM 82 and 83 as in the profile, or perhaps RLM
75 and 83. For the rest of the aircraft, you are on your own.
those who are familiar with this series, and who have each edition, I’m
sure you have No. 8 by now. For those who buy depending on the articles
of interest, I hope I have given you enough information to make a
decision. Finally, for those who have not seen a previous issue, this
may be a good edition with which to start.
the review sample.
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