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Heinkel He-177 A-5 "Greif" French Air Force 1/72 Revel


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This time I present the He-177 A-5 model captured by the English and French resistance. The aircraft was equipped with French markings during the flight to England.
A little more information from Wingleader Magazine.

 

"RAF Air Intelligence had been aware that the main location for the repair and servicing
of He177s was at the airfield of Toulouse-Blagnac in the south of France. As soon as
practicable after the invasion of France a plan was put in place to ‘capture’ a He177 and
fly it to Farnborough. Troops parachuted into the Toulouse area on 17th August 1944, as
the region came under the control of the French Resistance. With the help of the Special
Operations Executive one was secured from the French engineers working for Ateliers
Industriel de l’Air, who had been sub-contracted by Heinkel to maintain KG40’s He177s
based at Bordeaux Mérignac.
At this time it carried the fuselage code F8+AP of 6/KG40 and had the number 60 painted
on its fin in yellow. Its radio call-sign was KM+UK.
To get the He177 to the UK, Group Captain Hards - Commanding Officer of Farnborough,
flew a Hudson carrying RAE Chief Test Pilot Wing Commander R J ‘Roly’ Falk, who would fly
it back assisted by Squadron Leader Pearce. On 2nd September the Hudson with a fighter
escort provided by two Beaufighters set off, but both fighter pilots lost their bearings and
came down in France. The Hudson, however, made it to Blagnac and eight days later, on
10th September 1944, Falk and Pearce flew to Farnborough in just 2 hours and 45 minutes.
By this time the Luftwaffe markings had been over-painted with French Armée de l’Air
markings and the words ‘Prise de Guerre’ (Prize of War) had been painted in small letters on
the rear fuselage.
Upon arrival at RAE Farnborough the French markings were over-painted with full RAF
markings and the aircraft was given the RAF serial number TS439. It made its first test flight
from Farnborough on 20th September with Squadron Leader A F Martindale at its controls.
Over the next five months it made 18 more test flights, totalling 17 hours 55 minutes flying
time, to assess many design features including the bombsight and heating system. Among
its pilots was Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown who remarked that the cockpit was ‘like an
outsized goldfish bowl’."

 

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1 hour ago, Mattlow said:

Very nice finish...

 

How was the kit to assemble?

 

Matt

The fuselage, wings and other elements are made well and fold rather easily. They have several damages but they can be easily removed.
The crew cabin is nice.
Glass is a nightmare. Glass front fuselage is deformed, almost nothing they can not see, in one place is quite thick and thin at the bottom so that it crumbles when cleaning.
Polishing did little, the transparency improved but the view through it is still deformed.
In addition, the front glass does not fit, it is narrower, to the fuselage.

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A remarkable build and very well constructed too.love the paintjob and weathering.As for the front office glasswork,yes it's simply PITA with cracks all over,but luckily got a replacement from Revell.My utmost admiration for your Greif,wonderful job!

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