The Avia S-199 Mezek is based on the famous
Luftwaffe fighter, the Messerschmitt Bf 109.
In May 1948, desperate for an answer to the enemy's rule of the
skies, Israel bought 25 inferior Czech versions of the famed
Luftwaffe fighter for the princely sum of $1.8 million. The IAF's
first fighter made history immediately, stopping the Egyptian
advance towards Tel-Aviv at Ashdod.
Within a few days Moddy Alon scored the IAF's first aerial victories
in his S-199. Despite these achievements pilots complained that the
fickle Messerschmitt was so difficult to handle that "she tried to
kill us on every takeoff and landing".
To build the Avia S-199 I used a Hasegawa
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-14 in 1/32, the Model Design Construction
interior for Bf 109 and the 1/32 scale Avia S 199 conversion by ARBA
Painting and Markings
This plane represents the Avia S-199 “120.T” of No.
101 Squadron Israeli Air.
The model was painting with Testor’s RLM 02 enamel.
The squadron emblem, data and fuselage code are from
the ARBA decal Sheet, the rest of the markings was painted.