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Focke Wulf FW C.30A Heuschrecke Late Prod (41018) 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd


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Focke Wulf FW C.30A Heuschrecke Late Prod (41018)

1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd

 

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There was a time when the Autogyro was looked at with great promise but the never materialised,  The Avro licence built the Cierva C.30 designed by Juan de la Cieva. This was built from the fuselage of the Avro Cadet biplane and used an Armstrong Siddeley Genet Major engine. Lift was provided by an 11.3m diameter 3 bladed rotor.  In Germany the Air Ministry thought as well that the Autogyro was the future for aviation. These were produced under licence by Focke Wulf using the AVRO pattern. The main difference between the early production models is the fuselage front of the pilots and the engine.  The fate of these machines is not known. 

 

The Kit

Until now I don't think there has been a kit of this in 1.35 scale. The kit is upto Minart's modern standards; there are 4 main sprues, 3 smaller sprues, a small clear spure and a sheet of photoetch in the box. Even in 1.35 scale this is not a large kit. Construction starts with the front mounted radial engine. The cylinder bank is made up fro individual cylinders, with the exhaust and collector ring being added. Ancillary parts are then attached to the engine and it is put aside for later. 

 

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Construction then moves to the interior/cockpit. The two seats are made up complete with PE seatbelts. These then attach to their mounting frames.  Onto the cockpit floor are mounted the rudder pedals and control column.  Additional controls are added to the side frames and then these frames can be attached to the cockpit floor. Front and rear control panels are then added. The seats are added in and then the side frames added.  The cockpit can then be closed up inside the main fuselage,

 

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Next up the mount for the rotor blades is made up and attached to the fuselage. The tail wheel assembly is added as are the tailplanes. The engine and its propeller are then added. The landing gear struts are made up and the wheels are added.  Lastly the rotor blades are made up and added, these can either be in the flying or stowed positions.

 

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Markings

There are two decal options provided on the sheet   From the box you can build one of the following:

 

  • D-EELA - Germany mid 1930's
  • D-EIRO - Germany mid 1930s
  • DE-TAX - Germany mid 1930s (Though the insignia would suggest Austria) 

 

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Decals are printed by DecoGraph and have good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. 

 

Conclusion

This is a really nice rendition of this unusual but important civil aircraft. Very highly recommended.

 

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