Josť Silva from Portugal
enjoys building Allied aircraft as flown by the Luftwaffe. Here is what
he has to say about his most recent model
scale model represents North American P-51 B (T9+HK) made from an AIRFIX
1/72, straight from the box! The paint used were Humbrol Enamels, the
wings junction with the fuselage need some putty. The decals were from
Here is a brief piece of background history.
In Germany, every American fighters were assigned to 2.Staffel of Versuchsverband
oberbefehlshaber der Luftwaffe also known as Beute-Zirkus Rosarious. (Rosarious
flying circus) after the commander of the 2.Staffel, Ted Rosarious.
unit had three staffeln:
1.Staffel was involved in long range reconnaissance missions.
2.Staffel operated captured allied fighter in training roles.
3.Staffel carried out experimental and test flights with captured
The role of this unit (2.Staffel) was to "educate" units of the western
front: The training programs both theoretical and practice, would begin
with introduction to the aircraft armament, performance and weak spots
of each type. And then would continue with "mock-up" combats, with experienced
instructors in the commands of the allied captured aircraft, giving information
and explaining during these "mock-up" combats on how to do a successful
attack on these aircraft.
N.A. P-51B T9+HK was used to train Hungarian Fighter Pilots at Neuruppin
on how to use their FW190's to take advantage against a P-51. They made
journeys to several units providing training on site.
While at the those bases, the most experienced pilots were given the
opportunity of flying these Mustangs. To keep these two P-51B sand four
P-51Ds in flying conditions, it was maintained a storage depot at Paris-Nanterre
for every salvaged parts from wrecked Mustangs downed in the occupied
Europe and as need they were sent to Germany to the 2.Staffel "Zirkus".
José has also sent along another of his models. This time it
is the PM models of the Sukhoi Su-21 Flagon (1/72)