This is the well-known Flower-class Corvette kit first released by Matchbox in 1979, and re-boxed here by Revell. This example was from the basic molds, not one of the enhanced or upgraded kits. The kit is very crude by today’s standards both in molding quality and accuracy of many of the details. This was built for a friend who wanted to use it for wargaming with the intention of an out of the box build, but I couldn’t resist improving several of the parts.
Of course, the Kaiju attack is inevitable when one has children!
The Horten Ho 229 (also known as the Horten H.IX or Gotha Go 229) was designed to meet an RLM requirement for an aircraft capable of carrying a 1,000 kg bombload a radius of 1,000 km at a speed of 1,000 km/hr. This “3 x 1,000” requirement was impossible to achieve with a propeller-driven aircraft, and challenging for a jet aircraft due to the high fuel consumption of the early engines.
The Horten brothers submitted a design for a flying-wing aircraft, which reduced drag considerably compared to a conventional layout. Glider trials proved promising, and the design was refined by Gotha for mass production. The first prototype flew on 02 February 1945. Several additional test aircraft were in development when the war in Europe ended. The V3 aircraft was brought to the United States after the war, it is currently under restoration at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
The model is painted in an RLM 82 / 83 splinter camouflage derived from the pattern authorized for the Me 262. Location of the “Yellow 2” individual aircraft markings is a guess, but locating them on the landing gear covers and boattail would allow the aircraft to be identified both in the air and on the ground so I thought it was plausible.
The Focke-Wulf Flitzer design had entered the mock-up phase at the end of the war in Europe. It shares the same general configuration as the successful DeHaviland Vampire, but early drawings added a liquid-fueled rocket for added acceleration. This feature would likely have been dropped on production aircraft. I also thought the wings looked a bit short and extended them both by about ¾ of an inch (18 mm) at the tips.
The aircraft is painted in a late-war camouflage scheme with the blue-white-blue Reich’s Defense Bands of JG 300. The Ruhrstahl X-4 air-to-air missiles are spares from Revell P.1101 kits.
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