Henschel Hs 129 “Panzerknacker”
The Henschel Hs 129 was the only aircraft of World War II that was designed specifically for destroying armour. It was a completely conventional aircraft with a slender triangular slim fuselage. Therefore, the cockpit was extremely cramped and surrounded by 6-12 mm thick armour that weighed 2380 lbs! The canopy consisted of small panes of glass 75mm thick. The small size of the cockpit resulted in the Revi gunsight and the engine instrumentation to be positioned outside the cockpit! What is surely unique is the positioning of the engine instrumentation on the engine nacelles!
Armament for killing tanks varied from having a centreline 30mm – 75mm cannon. On the side of the nose were two 17mm machine-guns and two MG 151 20mm cannons. Provision was also made for two small racks under the wings to accommodate anti-personnel bombs.
My Henschel Hs 129 is the excellent 1/48 scale Hasegawa kit. It depicts a very weathered machine from IV Panzer Schlachtgeschwader 9 based at Czernovitz, Russia, March 1944.
During the Russian winter the Hs 129’s from SG 9 had their camouflage over-painted with white distemper in the field. Since the white paint was soluble it easily washed off leaving the aircraft with a well worn appearance. I used ModelMaster enamels and Doc O’ Brien’s weathering pigments to paint and weather the model.
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