Bronco 1/35th scale Fieseler Fi 103 RE-3 Piloted Flying Bomb
This is the Bronco1/35th scale Fieseler Fi 103 RE-3 (Reichenberg) Piloted Flying Bomb
Trainer that I built straight from the box a year or so ago. It's a strange scale to do an aircraft in but it's something different and is a really good fitting kit that was fun to build. Like the Me 163, the Fi 103R's pilots had to posses (as stated by Bill K) “Gold-plated yarbles” In theory, the Fi -103R's mission was for the piloted bomb to be delivered to the target by modified He 111 bombers that would carry one or two Reichenbergs beneath its wings, releasing them close to the target. The pilots would then acquire and point the aircraft towards a specific target and start a diving attack run. Shortly before impact, the pilot was to jettison the cockpit canopy and bail out and parachute to safety. However, because of the proximity of the pulsejet's intake to the cockpit the chances of a pilot surviving this protocol were less than 1%. Sorry about the crummy photos.