Thomas Gunn Wings of War, Horten 229 V8 fighter & Arado 196

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Thomas Gunn Wings of War, Horten 229 V8 fighter & Arado 196

By Vicki Lucas posted on Treefrog Forum

”Welcome to our 2nd wooden Warbirds release for May 2015 which features 2 iconic aircraft designs from WW2.

All our wooden aircraft take over 60 hours to complete and are strictly limited in number. Each comes with a fully detailed interior and as much detail as we can possibly pack into a 1/30 scale model.

Our first is the Horten 229 V8 fighter (WOW031) which was a requirement from the Reich Ministry to provide a light bomber which could fly at 1000 KMPH, deliver 1000kg of bombs with a range of 1000 kilometres.

The Horten brothers flying wing design was the only aircraft that came close to these 3 basic requirements and as such was approved for immediate development.

The basic frame was to be of tubular steel with wing spars of wood overlaid with a mixture of charcoal and sawdust as an inhibitor to radar detection. Post war studies showed that the Horten’s radar signature was approximately 37% lower than that of an ME109 approaching the English coast, this would have given the British only 2.5 minutes to react to the threat, not enough time to have scrambled fighters to intercept it.

The first HO 229 flew as a glider with a fixed undercarriage in March 1944, the design was then given to Gotha who made significant changes to the undercarriage, increased the size of the aircraft, added an ejection seat and made various other improvements including the provision of 2 x 30mm cannon in the wing roots. Lt Erwin Ziller was chosen to fly the aircraft and made 2 flights in the HO 229 before crashing on the 3rd attempt in February 1945, he died 2 weeks later from his injuries. Shortly afterwards as part of Operation Paperclip, US forces captured the remaining HO 229 airframes with one now being on display in the US, there is some speculation that it maybe fully restored at some point.

As with any Luft 46 project the finished article is always speculative but we hope you like our interpretation and that it will form an integral part of your collection. Our V8 version comes with the original lower style undercarriage applied, which gives the aircraft a much sleeker look in the undercarriage down position and the pilot a much better view of the ground during taxiing and take off. A 2 seat night fighter version is planned for 2016 please note.

Our model comes with 2 Luftwaffe pilots perhaps gazing in astonishment at how far the Luftwaffe has developed since its inception 12 years previous. The real life aircraft had a wingspan of 54ft and as such this is a very large model in 1/30 scale.

Priced at $650 and limited to 15 in number, this aircraft available for immediate delivery.

Our second aircraft was the workhorse of the Kriegsmarine, the Arado 196 (WOW032) which came about as a requirement to replace the lacklustre Heinkel 60. The Arado was loved by its pilots for its handling in the air and on the water and was armed with 2 x 20mm cannons in the wing ports as well as a rear firing machine gun, it could also be armed with 2 x 50kg bombs. Over 500 Arado 196 were built during the course of WW2, some versions being exported to Finland, Bulgaria and Romania.

The Arado 196 was used as a shipboard reconnaissance aircraft from Germanys capital ships and was also utilised by Naval land based units, in the reconnaissance as well as the anti submarine role.

Our aircraft comes in the markings of one of the aircraft employed on the Bismarck prior to its destruction by the British fleet in 1941.

Limited to 15 in number and priced at $695 with 2 figures as per our photos this will also make a great addition to your collection. We are expecting delivery of the Arado towards the end of this week possibly early next week.

Please send me an email if you wish to reserve either aircraft at your earliest convenience and don’t forget we are very happy to spread payments over 3 months on an interest free basis…”  Click here to see more.