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WOW031 Horten 229 V8 Fighter LE15 by Thomas Gunn Miniatures (RETIRED)

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Product Description


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
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 free with 2 Luftwaffe pilots (LUFT.16/017) 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.

Other Details

Release Date:
May 2015
Retired Date:
May 2015

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