Focke Wulf F190 A8 with Bv 246 “Hagelkorn”(Hailstone) Revell 1/72
For a nice change I’ve build another German subject. The Focke Wulf F190 A8 with Blohm & Voss Bv246 “Hagelkorn” ( Hailstone) glide bomb.
A very nice kit of a unusual subject. Revell uses their nice Fw190 kit with the addition of the Bv246 glide bomb as an extra. The last one is a little kit in it’s own right.
The Bv 246 glide bomb was designed during 1943 by Dr. Richard Vogt of Blohm & Voss.
The idea behind this was a radio controlled glide bomb which had the potention of gliding a distance of around 210 KM ( 130 Miles) when dropped from 7000 meters and thus avoiding the aircraft to be flown in areas with anti aircraft gunfire.
Carrier arcraft would be the Ju88 or He111. A lot of testing took place at Karlshagen with KG101 using the Fw190 as one of the testplanes. In the end the program was cancelled mainly as a result of the use of the V1 and V2 rockets. Although around a 1000 of these bombs were manufactured they were never used operationally beside testing. Production was relatively easy and cheap using die-cast magnesite cement. Wings were cast around a steel spar. Total weight was around 730 Kgs, of wich 435 kgs for the warhead.
I’ve build my Fw190 straight from the box only made new underwing stabilizers from Evergreen staff.
This to represent the force used to curve the wings and use them as a giant spring to jettison the bomb when released.
Paints used are RLM colours from the Lifecolor range.
I hope you like it.
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