HA-1112 M-1L Buchón “Movie Star”Art.No.: 100-SH72311 Product number: 8594071084639
The Spanish piston-engined HA-1112 M-1L Buchón fighters, under a licence built Messerschmitt Bf 109s fitted with British Merlin power plants became true movie stars owing to their appearance in the classic 1969 film Battle of Britain, later to appear in several other films, too. To be able to play the role of the German Bf 109E type, they had to be modified to a certain extent. The wing tips were squared off to portray the Bf 109E version typical feature, but also to maintain the total wing area, the wing was not cut off directly outboard the ailerons and a squared tip was added instead. The aircraft were also fitted with a mock up wing and fuselage gun barrels. Struts were added beneath the taiplanes, too. The Buchóns received livery of fictitious Luftwaffe units. During the filming, when the shortage of airworthy Hurricanes that should have appeared in large formations became evident, at least three Buchóns were painted to resemble Polish unit Hurricane fighters and these so-called Hurrischmitts played extras in the background.
The film version Buchón model comes on two sprues of grey resin which are different from those in the Spanish military verison model (offered under cat.no. SH72308 – HA-1112 M-1L Buchón). The customer will find for the filming purposes modified wing parts, a new forward fuselage section with mock up guns and also tailplane struts. The decal sheet brings markings for “Red 10” and “Yellow 15” fictitious German units planes and one British Hurrischmitt with MI-T fuselage codes and Polish checkerboard national markings on its nose.