Schnell claimed 93 victories, with 90 of them being scored in the Western front, including 12 four-engined bombers. After being transferred to the Eastern front and shooting down 3 Soviet fighters, he himself was shot down and killed in February 1944.
This piece depicts Schnell's score at 57 kills, and shows the impressive art that adorned his aircraft.
This item is a reclad original FW190 frame, with one of the Luftwaffe's most impressive examples of cool artwork. The same artist who created Josef Wurmheller's art was most likely the painter of Schnell's scoreboard, and we may have a picture of this artist at work.
Item is owned by a major collector of aviation artifacts in Virginia Beach, VA.