Sunday, December 25, 2016

Military aircraft vol.83: Focke-Achgelis Fa330

Focke-Achgelis Fa330
US$25,00 plus shipping
Injected plastic model with  waterslide decals and photo etched parts.
The Focke-Achgelis Fa 330 Bachstelze (English: Wagtail) was a type of rotary-wing kite, known as a gyroglider or rotor kite. They were towed behind German U-boats during World War II to allow a lookout to see farther.The Fa 330 could be deployed to the deck of the submarine by two people and was tethered to the U-boat by a 150 m (500 ft) cable. The airflow on the rotors as the boat motored along on the surface would spin them up. The kite would then be deployed behind the U-boat with its observer-pilot aboard, raising him approximately 120 meters above the surface and allowing him to see much farther — about 25 nautical miles (46 km), compared to the 5 nautical miles (9 km) visible from the conning tower of the U-boat. If the U-boat captain were forced to abandon it on the surface, the tether would be released and the Fa 330 descend slowly to the water.
The Pavla kit is very easy to build. You should have some experience with photo etched metal parts as most of the model is made of this material. The finished kit is very small, so i decided to place it on some kind of vignette. Some pictures show the Fa330 on e a launch platform, and that seemed to be a nice solution to display my gyroglider. I hope you like it!

1 comment:

  1. Very cool. Nicely built, painted and presented. I took a bunch of reference shots of a real one in the Air Museum in Cosford, UK; it almost looks like a simple enough subject to scratch build in a bigger scale. Maybe.


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