Adversaries: WW1 & WW2
Most of these aircraft, but not all, have tangled in some way (mostly unsuccessfully) with the Fleet Air Arm:
Seenotrettungsgruppe 10, Seenotbereitschaftskommando IX,
Tromsoe, Norway February 1944
Revell (Heller) 1/72
The Arado 196 is widely acknowledged as one of the most successful floatplanes of
WW2. First flown in 1936, it equipped major surface units of the Kreigsmarine as
a catapult launched spotter and anti-
Ar 196s operated in all WW2 theatres, from the Mediterranean and North Africa through
to the Arctic. The aircraft represented was part of the Tromso-
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1/KG30 "Adler Geschwader" , Norway 1941.
KG30 conducted the first bombing raids on the UK, attacking the Firth of Forth in October 1939' followed by the sinking of the troopship RMS Lancastria off St Nazaire in 1940, with the loss of 5000 lives. This aircraft wears the markings of the 1/KG30 Commander, Werner Baumbach, one of the most decorated bomber pilots of the war. The tail markings indicate his personal tally, which totalled over 300,000 tons of allied shipping.
Baumbach saw action during the Battle of Britain, Arctic Convoys and on the Eastern Front, before taking command of KG200, the Nazi special operations unit that developed such aircraft as the Mistel and Amerika Bombers. Baumbach died in Argentina in 1953, still espousing many aspects of Nazi idealogy.I
Royal Bavarian Air Service / Imperial German Air Service 1916
The LFG Roland C.11 design was the first of a range of advanced German Aircraft introduced from 1916. Its streamlined wooden monocoque fuselage, assembled from moulded and cross planked plywood sheets, gave it a comparatively high speed and earned it the nickname "Walfisch" (whale). However, a poor understanding of aerodynamic principles meant that the closely mounted biplane wings were prone to sudden stalls.
This aircraft was the mount of Eduard Ritter von Schleich, a high scoring Bavarian flying ace of World War I. He was credited with 35 aerial victories and a recipient of the "Order Pour le Mérite" (sometimes known as the "Blue Max"), the Kingdom of Prussia's highest military award.
In the run-
Academy (out the box)
The rocket powered Komet was based around a proven Lippisch glider design, equipped
with a 3,748 lb thrust Walther rocket motor that allowed it to achieve nearly 600
Mph with a flight duration of around 10 minutes. Used as an interceptor against
massed formations of Allied bombers, its very speed proved to be ia serious limitation,
allowing only a brief opportunity for the pilot to attack the bombers before having
to turn around and begin another run. It was also extremely vulnerable during its
landing phase, with many falling prey to Allied fighters that loitered around the
Flying operationally for the first time in August 1944, the last operational Komet flight by the Luftwaffe was in April 1945. Komets posed a huge danger to their pilots, who sat between two ceramic fuel oxidiser tanks, the content of which would devour their flesh if the tanks shattered during, for example, a landing accident, despite the complex PVC protective suits that each pilot had to wear. Several were captured by the Allies at the end of WW2, but due the dangers inherent in its design, the only known flight was undertaken by the renowned Royal Navy pilot Eric Brown, who reported it to be a well behaved and agile airframe. Many Komets remain on display in museums around the world, such as that at the East Fortune Scottish Museum of Flight and the Cosford RAF Museum.
FROG (out the box)
It was the fastest of the early jet designs, with a top speed of over 550mph; produced
mainly from wood, its production bypassed late war shortages of strategic materials
such as aluminium,with vast undeground factories established in safe areas, capable
of producing 2,000 aircraft each month, but fortunately, the war ended before this
realistic target could be achieved. By the time of the Nazi surrender on 8 May 1945,
only 120 He-
Operationally, the He-
Airfix (out the box)
The Fiesler Fi-