BF-109 Messerschmitt Airplane Balsa Model Kit Wingspan: 16-1/2". For rubber power (included) or tether control flying with .020 engine (not included). Includes die cut balsa parts, propeller, tissue, realistic plastic details, full-scale diagrams, step-by step directions, landing gear wire and wheels and a colorful decal sheet. For ages 12 up. MADE IN USA. Kit markings may not match markings in photos. Glue, tools and paint are not included. In 1934 the German Air Ministry issued specifications for a new fighter monoplane, but a feud between Willy Messerschmitt and the Secretary of State for Aviation, Erhard Milch prevented the plane from intitial development. The BF 109 was to become one of the Royal Air Force's major opponents in the Second World War, so it is ironic that the prototype had a 695 hp British Rolls-Royce engine when it made its debut in September 1935.