“Brace for impact boys!” Italeri Airspeed Horsa AS 51, 1/72
Some of you may think you have seen this already some years ago ,but this is a different build from the first one which is in my gallery, this version uses aftermarket decals with the rather cool graffiti on the side, sadly the first one had a hard landing at the bottom of my stairs . Luckily the dio was not involved and it was always my intension to build another Horsa so when this G.B. came up that was the inspiration I needed to get into gear.
I cut out the airbrakes and scratch built the braces inside the wings but I have no idea if they are accurate or not but they look O.K to me. This is an enjoyable kit to build but does require a little bit of patience to get everything lined up, I noticed on both my builds of this kit that the tail wings are not on an even plane with one sitting higher than the other but this is nothing that can’t be fixed.
A bit of info now, the first flight was on September 12 1941 towed into the air by an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley, interestingly the initial order was for 400 Horsas but due to them being constructed sectionaly in different factories and constructed on site as needed there seems to be some confusion as to how many were actually built with estimates anywhere between 3800 and 5000.
Anyway I hope you like her ,feel free to comment.
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