Revell of Germany 1/72nd Scale He-177 Greif (Griffon)
Brief Subject Background: The Heinkel He 177 Greif (Griffin) was the only operational long-range bomber to be flown in combat by the Luftwaffe. To reduce drag in the design to meet speed (310 mph at 18,000 ft) and diving bombing specifications required by the RLM, Heinkel’s chief designer, Siegfried Gunter, employed a unique engine layout on each wing consisting of a pair of DB 601 liquid-cooled 12-cylinder engines mounted side by side in a single nacelle powering a single 4 bladed propeller via a complex drive shaft/reduction gear design. The initial engine/drive system was prone to overheating causing numerous operational engine failures and fires; so many in fact that the aircrew that flew them nicknamed it the Luftwaffenfeuerzeug (Luftwaffe’s lighter) or the “Flaming Coffin.
This model was built OOB with the addition of PE gun sights for the rear and front machine guns, antennae added from pantyhose nylon thread and Eagle Strike/AeroMater decals. This A/C is a He-117 A-3 of II/KG 40 operated out of Bordeaux, Merignac France 1944…well, kind of. The paint scheme is correct but I completely screwed the pooch on the fuselage codes, they should read F8 white F black M…a mistake that I didn’t catch until I had the final flat coat sprayed on…too many projects going at once I suppose. The Fritz X missile under each wing were designed to be used against armored shipping targets and was steered by radio control from the mother aircraft. An easy assembly process and good over-all fit -even the “green house”, made this model was a joy to build and it looks good on my shelf even with the wrong code letters.
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