Hasegawa 1/48 scale Henschel HS 129 B-3
The Henschel HS 129 B-3 nicknamed “PanzerKnacker” (Tank Cracker) (I wish I had heard this name years ago, I would have used this to nickname some friends / co-workers !).
The B-3 version was the latest/ last version packing a 75mm semi automatic gun in a under mounted gun pod. The semi auto firing system achieved better accuracy than the earlier version full auto version, however the 2600 lbs of added weight to an already underpowered aircraft didn’t help performance. It also only carried 12 rounds. To help with the added weight, two of the four 20 mm machine guns were removed, (I don’t think this helped much !).
Only 25 B-3s were produced, but some field conversions added to the overall number.
This particular aircraft depicts an aircraft from 14 PZ / SQ 9, Hungary 1945.
The kit is a special addition kit released by Hasegawa about 8 years ago. The kit included a resin gun pod, a brass gun barrel and aluminum muzzle break / flash suppressor. The only issues I had with the kit was aligning the gun barrel to the muzzle, and that the plastic
was two different consistence’s. For example the cowlings were a much harder plastic than the rest of the engine covering. Careful sanding was needed in some areas to make sure you didn’t over sand the softer plastic. I solved the gun barrel assembly by building a jig on a piece of wood, so that everything would lay straight while the epoxy I used set up.
I used Model Master enamel paint. The seat belts were custom made using leaded foil. The break lines were made from 34 gauge artist wire. The antenna was made from stretched sprue.
Overall, a fun kit to build, and an interesting airplane with that monster gun staring at ya !
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