|Kit:||Airfix, 1/72nd, bought for $7.44 in 2016; model completed in 2022-03-20|
|Aircraft:||"Black chevron and triangle" (W.Nr unknown), III/JG 5, Luftwaffe, Petsamo, August 1942|
The model depicts an aircraft flown by Hauptmann (later Major) Günther Scholtz, Gruppenkommandeur of III/JG 5 "Eismeer" while stationed in Petsamo, Finland in August 1942. This aircraft is well known and quite well documented; Scholtz's memoirs  contain several photographs of this aircraft.
Scholtz was later the Geschwaderkommodore of the entire JG 5. He survived the war with 33 aerial victories; he died in 2014 at which point he was the last surviving member of Legion Condor.
The Airfix Bf 109E is a nice kit and builds well, the only downside being that it is molded in fairly soft plastic which makes it difficult to get small parts off the sprues cleanly without damaging them. I have built this kit once before, also as a JG 5 aircraft stationed in Petsamo; this time I decided to do a bit of "super-detailing" by opening the cowling, by using True Details' resin cockpit interior, etc.
The "Grand Messerschmitt project" blog has all the details about completing this model, but here is the summary of the last steps: I painted the model using Tamiya acrylics and Mr.Color lacquers; I started with the standard Luftwaffe RLM 74/75/76 camouflage pattern and then oversparyed the fuselage with RLM 71. I used a Kuivalainen decal sheet ("Bf 109E Luftwaffe over Finland"), the same one from which I got the decals for my earlier E-7; Kagero also has a decal sheet that accompanies ; it features this aircraft, and is probably more easily available nowadays in case you are considering building this one.
True Details' cockpit panels installed
All the interior parts ready for the fuselage halves to be closed
Seat with Eduard seatbelts attached
Propeller painted: I cut a curve from masking tape to accommodate one half of the spinner, then used the leftover for the other side to keep things symmetric
Initial camouflage applied
Undersides: the aircraft on the right is MT-213 with RLM 65 instead of RLM 76
Green overspray applied
Decals waiting for another gloss overcoat
I didn't know what the serial number of the engine was, so the number applied is fictional but representative
Ready for final details and semigloss overcoat
There is a lot of literature about Luftwaffe's operations in Northern Finland and Norway. Listed here are the references that were particularly useful for this specific aircraft. Particularly noteworthy is obviously , and [1, 3--6, 9] were invaluable as well. Structural details were provided by [7, 8].