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Possibly the most unlikely set of markings for a HA-1112

Graham1973

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I recently stumbled across a web article (Former link below) which reproduces pictures from a French publication showing various marking schemes used for BF-109s and related variants including the HA-1112 'Buchon', which as everyone knows subbed for BF-109s when they made the 1968 Battle of Britain film.

Around about the same time an Italian film maker was making a film (Eagles Over London) that played 'fast & loose' with the Battle of Britain, guess what he used for Spitfires for some taxiing shots...

Due to the change in policy at Photobucket the pictures have been attached directly to this post.

At least the engines were right... ;)

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http://www.airlandseaweapons.com/blog/60962-willy-messerschmitts-ubiquitous-creation/ (Dead Link, not archived at wayback machine. The images from the site have been located and are attached below.)
 

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Taxiing fast in the background, it can almost go unnoticed. Honestly I've seen worse things in movies, notably single-engined aircraft which become twin-engined on landing and stuff like that...
 

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Stargazer2006 said:
Taxiing fast in the background, it can almost go unnoticed.
Definitely not in the background in this case, I took them for Kittyhawks at first, but the side shot clinched it.

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Honestly I've seen worse things in movies, notably single-engined aircraft which become twin-engined on landing and stuff like that...
Or Space shuttles docking the wrong way...

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Well, it would certainly make a obscure paint scheme for a model. And hey, documentation. A real one was painted like this for a movie.
 

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You could do a diorama with this one, source, used a quiz picture in 'Aeroplane Monthly', december 1976, no other details...


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Graham1973 said:
I recently stumbled across a web article (Linked below) which reproduces pictures from a French publication showing various marking schemes used for BF-109s and related variants including the HA-1112 'Buchon', which as everyone knows subbed for BF-109s when they made the 1968 Battle of Britain film.

Around about the same time an Italian film maker was making a film (Eagles Over London) that played 'fast & loose' with the Battle of Britain, guess what he used for Spitfires for some taxiing shots...

At least the engines were right... ;)

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oh yes the 1968 Battle of Britain film.
they try there best to get 100 ! working WW2 aircraft for the Movie
because they found only Two Heinkels and 17 flyable Messerschmitts, the rest of the BF-109 and He-111 were acutely from spanish Airforce !
and were license build 32 CASA 2.111 (He-111) and 27 Hispano Aviación HA-1112 M1L 'Buchon' (BF-109)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Britain_(film)#Production
 

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robunos said:
You could do a diorama with this one, source, used a quiz picture in 'Aeroplane Monthly', december 1976, no other details...
According to Des "Spitfire" en habits de loup ('Spitfires' in wolves' clothing), an article from the April 2012 issue of Le Fana de l'Aviation (which I almost discarded as a prank), this aircraft was part of an eight-aircraft Spitfire Mark XVI squadron briefly repainted as German aircraft for the Royal Air Force Display at Farnborough on July 7 and 8, 1950. They were from RAF Squadrons Nos. 5 and 17, both based at Chivenor from 1949 to 1951, and took part in a reenactment of the 2nd Tactical Air Force's raid on the Amiens prison in French occupied territory on February 18, 1944. In a strange twist, the disguised "Spitfire 109" aircraft were to simulate generic German fighters attacking a flight of De Havilland Mosquitos, only to be chased by Spitfire Mark 22s, this time passing off as escort Hawker Typhoons !!! That most unusual historical scene was to serve as a preamble to a longer demonstration that included the parachuting of weapons from a Handley-Page Hastings to escapees who were then either rescued by Hoverfly helicopters or boarded onto a Waco Hadrian glider to be towed by a C-47 Dakota.

The simulated raid took part between 4.36 and 4.54 P.M., and according to Flight dated July 13, 1950, was at one "dramatic, exciting and inspired."

The article features three large photos of the "Spitfire 109" aircraft, two in flying formation and one on the ground, which your own picture was excerpted from.
 

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As ever, Star, 'You the Man'.....


a reenactment of the 2nd Tactical Air Force's raid on the Amiens prison

I wonder if it was filmed?...


cheers,
Robin.
 

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Apologies for the bump five years after the last post,

But while searching for the BF-109 marking images I linked to in the OP (and currently unavailable due to link rot) I stumbled across an album cover, that re-used a shot from the 1968 film "The Battle of Britain" to convey a wartime atmosphere (It was a recording of Benamin Britten's 1940 Violin Concerto paired with John Veale's 1984 Violin Concerto).

Back Cover: Britten and Veale Violin concertos

But the most surprising recycling of Battle of Britain footage came this year, it's in the official trailer to the WWII set film "Their Finest" at 0:32, you'd think with all the actual newsreel footage from WWII they would not have to resort to recycling stock footage, but then the 1968 Battle of Britain film has been a source of good aerial footage ever since it was made, does anyone have the complete list of films/TV series that has made use of footage from it?


Their Finest (Official Trailer)
 
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Even sillier was a Spanish-built Buchon with a fake belly radiator and a pseudo USAAF part my scheme like a P-51 Mustang!
A photo of that eye-sore is currently on magazine shelves.
 
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