1/144 WWII German Fl-282 "Kolibri" V15/B-1 - CGD
Fl-282 "Kolibri"- Fl-282 "Kolibri"was designed by Anton Flettner and was one of the earliest operational helicopter in WWII, and probably was Anton Flettner's most successful helicopter development. The helicopter used a revolutionary twin rotors with counter rotating intermeshing blades. The rotary moments of the counter rotation cancelled each other so there was no need for a tail rotor. The Kriegsmarine showed keen interest in the small helicopter design and supported its development for use as shipboard reconnaissance aircraft and also to perform in anti-submarine role while carrying bombs. The helicopter would also perform as land based reconnaissance aircraft.
The helicopter went through no less than 23 revisions during development. V1 to V3 had a stream lined body and fully glazed cockpits. V5 to V12 had boxed fuselages and either open cockpit or semi-glazed cockpit.Open cockpit version was designated as B-0 and semi glazed version was designated as B-1.
V21 and V23 were designed as two seaters with a nose design that resembled modern US Apaches, which was not a surprise because a surviving V23 was captured by the US by the end of the war.
V15 was supposed to be captured and ship back to the US after the war.
After the war, Anton Flettner was brought to US as part of Operation Paperclip and became the chief designer of Kaman Aircraft and continued his development of helicopter such as K-1200 K-Max.
This model is based on Fl-282 V15 with semi glazed cockpit (B-1). Highly detailed features included detail cockpit and engine down to the eight blade cooling fan.
When ordering a painted version, this item will be Fully Painted in the selected Colour Scheme and Weathered.
To facilitate shipment, all painted items model will be shipped in six parts. Minor assembling required.
When ordering the RAAAW option it will arrive unpainted and is made up of 8 parts: Nose, Tail, four Rotor Blades and one Tail Support (construction required).
In all options, the pilot figure will be randomly selected from 4 different designs painted in Luftwaffe uniform.
When selected Afrika Korps versions will be painted in Afrika Korps uniform scheme.
All figures are 3D printed in ABS-L with 250dpi resolution.
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(see also Flettner Fl-282 V12/B-0 by CGD )