Colour Profile by Claes Sundin
Photography by Darren Wood
While with the “Sturmgruppe” IV./JG 3, he downed several four-engine bombers and was hand-picked by Walther Dahl for Geschwaderstab/JG 300. Loos made a great success as a Sturmflieger, but was himself shot down nine times in only a few months.
Stab/JG 301 was equipped with the Ta 152, the most modern propeller-fighter, in order to protect the bases of the jet-fighters from Spring 1945. It was natural to include Loos in this unit.
On April 24, 1945, Loos encountered a formation of Soviet fighters over Berlin and managed to down two of them. In spite of flying only 66 missions, he was credited with 38 confirmed victories (including 22 four-engine Americans and 8 Soviets) plus 8 unconfirmed victories.
Sole Survivor Ta 152H-O W.Nr 150010
The only surviving example of the Ta 152H-O is currently awaiting restoration at the Paul Garber facility of the Smithsonian Institute NASM in the USA. Some excellent pictures of the aircraft in storage may be seen at Gary Hethcoat’s Web Site.
It should be noted that the werknummer (serial-number) of this, the only surviving Ta 152, could not be confirmed. Some sources quote it W.Nr. 150010, which is quite possibly correct.
Images © Gary Hethcoat.
Aoshima’s Ta 152H-O in 1:72 Scale
The kit is the Aoshima 1:72 scale Ta 152H-O “Ace Fighters Story”. The box contains four nicely moulded sprues in light grey plastic and features fine recessed panel lines with crisply moulded integral exhausts, alternate engine cowlings (with either open or closed cooling louvres) and a choice of either a closed one piece canopy or open two piece canopy.
The instructions contain a “story” of the development of the Ta 152 plus a small biography of Walter Loos, unfortunately all in Japanese with the obligatory cartoon “manga” characters sprinkled liberally within! The sub-assembly drawings however are clear with four stages of construction, decal placement and a RLM colour painting guide which list Gunze Sangyo paint numbers. A parts breakdown is also included.
I replaced the entire cockpit tub with the True Details Fw 190A/D/F Cockpit Tub detail set (TD72454). My thanks to Mr Green for providing this little item!
And now the difficult part! The True Details set is for the Hasegawa Fw 190 kit and is a little too wide to fit into the Aoshima kit. I had to do some careful scraping and shaving away at the inside of the fuselage walls to get it to fit. I did not want to cut away the resin cockpit sidewalls as this would have obliterated the finely moulded detail on the side consoles. Once enough material was removed the resin cockpit was easily installed.
Camouflage & Markings of “Grun 4”
Painting and Decals
The kit instructions show a colour scheme of RLM 76 lower wing surfaces and fuselage sides with a scheme of RLM 83 & RLM 75 on the upper wing surfaces and fuselage top with the spinner in black with a white spiral. The box art illustration however has a scheme of RLM 76 lower wing surfaces and fuselage sides with a scheme of RLM 82/83 on the wing upper surfaces a scheme of RLM 81/83 on the fuselage top with a RLM 83 spinner. Neither of which appear to be correct for this particular aircraft!
I chose to depict the aircraft in the scheme found in Claes Sundin & Christer Bergstrom’s Luftwaffe Fighter Aircraft in Profile by Schiffer Books. A profile of this aircraft, kindly supplied by them, can be seen below.
A review of this book may be seen on Hyperscale.
Copyright © 1997 by Claes Sundin & Christer Bergström
The kit decals were of good quality with various stencils, fuel filler & national markings being matt and with minimal carrier film. Two Hakenkreuz are also supplied.
The “spiral” for the spinner took some “fiddling” to get it to conform to the compound curves but it finally succumbed to copious amounts of Gunze Sangyo “Mr Mark Softer”!
The kit instructions for the location of the fuselage Balkenkreuz and the “Green 4” aircraft identity number are incorrect as they are depicted to far to the rear of the fuselage.
The kit “Nicht Anfassen” warning stencils for the tabs on the rudder and horizontal stabiliser are black in colour and should be a white stencil on a red painted background.
Decals, number 25 in the instructions, should be solid white dots, not black rings. I replaced the incorrect kit decals with discs “punched” out of white decal film.
These are the “anti-fog” tablets that are placed on the inside of the aircraft canopy when operating at high altitudes. Once all the decals were applied and the aircraft “weathered” it was then sprayed with Gunze Sangyo matt clear.
- Monogram Close-Up 24 – Ta 152 by Jeffery L. Ethell, Monogram Aviation Publications, Massachusetts, 1990, ISBN 0-914144-20-0
- Monogram German Aircraft Interiors 1935-1945 by Kenneth A. Merrick, Monogram Aviation Publications, Massachusetts, 1996 ISBN 0-914144-41-3
Model and Article © 1998 Mark Tucker
Model Photographs © 1998 by Darren Wood
Walter Loos Image, Background Text & Ta 152H-0 Colour Profile © 1998 by Claes Sundin