Letov Š.328 “SNP” – 1/72
La marca checa acaba de anunciar (19 de julio) por su red de Facebook la reedición de este modelo con ocasión de recordar el aniversario del levantamiento de Eslovaquia.
”In September we will remember the Slovak national uprising. And to celebrate this anniversary we will release the Letov Š.328 in colours of the combined squadron. The will be four types of camouflage and this is the final box art”.
HA-1112 M-1L Buchón “Movie Star” – 1/72
“The Spanish piston-engined HA-1112 M-1L Buchón fighters, under a licence built Messerschmitt Bf 109s fitted with British Merlin power plants became true movie stars owing to their appearance in the classic 1969 film Battle of Britain, later to appear in several other films, too. To be able to play the role of the German Bf 109E type, they had to be modified to a certain extent. The wing tips were squared off to portray the Bf 109E version typical feature, but also to maintain the total wing area, the wing was not cut off directly outboard the ailerons and a squared tip was added instead. The aircraft were also fitted with a mock up wing and fuselage gun barrels. Struts were added beneath the taiplanes, too. The Buchóns received livery of fictitious Luftwaffe units. During the filming, when the shortage of airworthy Hurricanes that should have appeared in large formations became evident, at least three Buchóns were painted to resemble Polish unit Hurricane fighters and these so-called Hurrischmitts played extras in the background.
The film version Buchón model comes on two sprues of grey resin which are different from those in the Spanish military verison model (offered under cat.no. SH72308 – HA-1112 M-1L Buchón). The customer will find for the filming purposes modified wing parts, a new forward fuselage section with mock up guns and also tailplane struts. The decal sheet brings markings for “Red 10” and “Yellow 15” fictitious German units planes and one British Hurrischmitt with MI-T fuselage codes and Polish checkerboard national markings on its nose.”
Fiat CR. 32 Re-issue – 1/48
L-39ZO/ZA Albatros – 1/48
IMAM (Romeo) Ro.37bis – 1/48
1/48 Fi 103 A-1/Re-4 Reichenberg
In June 1944, only a week after the Allied landing in Normandy, a German offensive against Great Britain (and later also against targets on the continent) was launched using V-1 flying bombs. However, the accuracy of the attacks was later assessed by the Oberkommando der Luftwaffe as rather unsatisfactory and a usage of manned missiles was put forward to increase the accuracy. Small and heavily defended targets were to be attacked by modified V-1 flying bombs. These attacks were not at first supposed to be suicidal and the pilot was expected to be able to guide the plane onto the target and then bale out and save himself using his parachute. Or such was the theory.
The project of the manned flying bomb was named Reichenberg , the first three versions of the manned missile were used for training purposes and only the fourth version to be developed, the Reichenberg IV was to be used in real action. The R-IV was just a modified V-1 flying bomb, carrying a pilot’s cockpit with a standard set of controls in place of one of the fuselage pressured air tanks. The cockpit had a one-piece canopy with armoured glass widscreen, the whole canopy opening to the right. The speed of 700-800 kmh while diving onto the target and the type of the canopy gave the pilot only the slightest chance of survival. The Fi 103 were to be launched from a He 111 bomber, the production gave in total about 175 Reichenberg IVs, but none of them was ever used. In the autumn of 1944, 5./KG200 unit was established and also training of the Fi 103 flight instructors were to be commenced, however the unit’s new commanding officer, Geschwader Kommodore Oberstleutnant Werner Baumbach, after a discussion with the Fuhrer himself, ordered the Reichenberg unit to be disbanded. After the war, a handful of the Fi 103 manned flying bombs was captured and examined by the Allies.
The Reichenberg plastic model kit comes on one sprue with grey styrene parts and one sprue containing a clear canopy hood. The decal sheet offers markings for three various liveries.