AML's 1/72 scale
by Yoav Efrati
Avia S-199 "Messer"
1/72 scale Avia S-199 is available online from
Here are some photos of the latest model airplane that I completed,
the Czechoslovakian made S-199 version of the Second World War vintage
German Messerschmitt Bf 109.
During Israel's 1948 war of independence, Czechoslovakia was the only
country willing to break the UN imposed arms embargo on Israel.
In May of 1948 Czechoslovakia sent to Israel her first fighter plane,
the S-199 Avia and later the Spitfire Mk.9.
Use of the S-199 Avia lasted less than a year as poor takeoff and
landing handling characteristics, improvised landing field, and lack of
pilot skill resulted in 23 Avias' being lost to various causes in a very
To replace the Avia also termed "Messer" by those who flew her, the
government of Israel acquired the Spitfire Mk.9, made redundant to the
Czechoslovakian air force who were transitioning to the MiG-15 jet
Although considered an inferior airplane at the time, the S-199 Avia
and the pilots of the 101 squadron were instrumental in stopping the
Egyptian Army's advance north to Tel Aviv on 29 May 1948 when they
stopped the enemy at the outskirts of Ashdod at what is known today as "Gesher-Ad-Halom".
On June 3rd, 1948 101 squadron commander, Modi Alon shot down two
Egyptian Dakota bombers over Tel Aviv and Rishon Le Tzion ending enemy
fighter plane attacks on Israel's population at that time.
I hope that you enjoy the results of my efforts and the small bit of
history they represent.
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Text Copyright © 2007 by Yoav Efrati
Page Created 26 April, 2007
Last Updated 24 December, 2007
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