Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6
Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Bf 109G-6 is available online from
After seeing the Bf 109G-6 model by
Andrew Dextras on Hyperscale in November 2003
http://hsgalleries.com/bf109g6ad_1.htm , I really wanted to do Horst
The interesting thing about this aircraft is obviously the oversized
Mickey Mouse character on the side of his aircraft. The Mickey Mouse
had two shoes which represented the two times that Carganico was forced
down behind Soviet lines and walked back to the German side.
There are very few photos of this airplane. As far as I know there are
just two photos of the aircraft in the summer and two in the winter.
The winter scheme was the one I wanted to depict so I used the EagleCals
sheet, which included one of the photos of the winter paint scheme.
Horst Carganico was born on 27 September 1917 at
Breslau. He was the son of General der Flieger, Victor Carganico.
Horst joined the Luftwaffe in 1937 as a
Fahnenjunker. He learned to fly at pilot school at Berlin-Johannisthal.
At the outbreak of World War 2, Carganico was
serving as Technical Officer on the staff of JG 1. From spring 1940, he
served as Adjutant of II./JG 77. He served in Norway with this unit
arriving there on 11 April 1940. He gained his first victory on 21 June
1940 when he claimed a RAF Hereford near Bergen. He had, in fact, shot
down a RAF Beaufort attempting to bomb the German battlecruiser
Scharnhorst near Bergen. Several victories followed before II./JG 77 was
transferred to the Channel Coast on 9 November 1940. He claimed his
fifth victory on 30 November, when he shot down a RAF Blenheim bomber.
A promotion to Oberleutnant occurred around this
time. Carganico was appointed Staffelkapitän of 1./JG 77 on 1 January
1941 and joined the unit operating from Sola, Norway. He transferred
with the unit to Kirkenes in May 1941. He then served as Staffelkapitän
with JG zbV which was formed from 1., 14. and 15./JG 77. On 25 July, he
claimed a Russian flying boat shot down. Carganico was awarded the
Ritterkreuz on 25 September for achieving 27 victories: only the second
fighter pilot in the north to do so (first was
Hugo Dahmer). In January 1942 I./JG zbV was incorporated into JG 5
as I./JG 5. 1./JG 5 was renamed 6./JG 5 in March 1942. Carganico
retained leadership of the Staffel through these changes. In spring
1942, he claimed 23 victories in the six weeks to the end of June.
Hauptmann Carganico was appointed Gruppenkommandeur
of II./JG 5 in April 1942. Carganico suffered engine failure in Bf 109
F-4 (W.Nr. 10 256) on 22 July necessitating a forced landing at
Murovskij. He returned to his unit the next day.
On 12 August, Carganico was part of a Schwarm
escorting a reconnaissance Fw 189 over the Liza front and Murmansk. The
formation was intercepted by Russian fighters and in the ensuing combat
Carganico’s aircraft received hits. The damage was sufficient to force
an emergency landing in Bf 109 F-4 (W.Nr. 10 132) near Motovsk. He
evaded capture and returned safely to his unit the next day.
On 26 March 1944 Hauptmann Carganico was appointed
Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 5 participating in the Reichsverteidigung.
Following aerial combat with USAAF B-17 four-engined bombers on 27 May
1944, he was killed when Bf 109 G-5 (W.Nr. 110 087) crashed into the
ground after hitting high tension cables while Carganico was attempting
to make a forced landing near Chevry, France.
Horst Carganico shot down 60 enemy aircraft in
about 600 missions. He recorded six victories over the
This is the 1/48 scale Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf
109G-6 kit with a Cooper Detail interior upgraded with the Eduard Color
There was nothing out of the ordinary with the
build. Everything fit exceptionally well and everything worked as
advertised. I did really like the spiral masks as they made that job so
easy it isn’t funny.
Painting and Markings
I didn't get the pre-fade/post-shade that Andrew
has mastered, but I still like the results of my model.
I painted it with Tamiya Dark Grey which when
lightened looked great. By accident I discovered that the white with a
little bit of the gray gave me the look I was looking for.
I used a lot of weathering on this model as the
real thing was operating in the snow and mud. The exhaust was a mix of
Tamiya Red Brown and Flat Black used liberally. Mud splatters were done
with a toothbrush and some thinned Tamiya Dark Earth. The bristles were
loaded with the thinned paint and flicked behind the wheels. I got a
concentrated but random splatter pattern.
Cooper Detail Bf-109F/G
Detail Set CD4806
Cooper Detail Bf-109G-6
and G-14 Upgrade CD4817
Etch Luftwaffe Seatbelts 49 002
Cutting Edge Bf-109G-6
Spinner and Wide Prop CEC48358
Cutting Edge/Black Magic Bf-109F/G/K Spinner
Spirals Masks CEBM48491
Cutting Edge/Black Magic Bf-109 Canopy
Bf-109G-6s (JG3, 5, 52, and 77) #42
|Messerschmitt Bf 109
Modelling Manuals 17
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
January 25, 2002
Details: 64 pages; ISBN: 1841762652
Model, Images and Text Copyright ©
2004 by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
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Last Updated 14 June, 2004
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