This little Airfix kit was a Christmas present, and the camouflage intrigued me enough to finish it, even though the kit is not a notable one. But it was well worth it for the lessons it taught me in the mottling effects I can do with an airbrush if I reduce the air pressure.
I initially looked for other decals since the googley eyes looked kind of silly. But it turns out it’s a significant aircraft, flown by Oberfeldwebel Alfred Surau, 9./JG3 out of Bas Worishofen, Germany. Surau achieved 41 aerial victories on the Eastern Front in five months beginning February 28, 1943. III./JG 3 was transferred to Germany for home defense in August 1943, and over the next five months shot down 31 American planes, mostly bombers, with the loss of only two pilots. One was Surau, shot down by a B-17 on October 14 after notching his 46th kill on the same flight. Surau bailed out, but was seriously injured, and died the same day in the hospital at Wertheim.