Helicopters GB: Doblhoff WNF-342 v4, AMP 48008, 2019
Since my building preference is the WWII, I thought it would be difficult to find a helicopter from this era. Surprisingly it seemed that the Germans were already developing some prototypes and had some impressive results already.
The Doblhoff WNF342 was one of them.
The fourth prototype was very innovative for that time. The blades had little jets and was used for lift-off, hovering and landing only because of the high fuel consumption. The foreward movement was created by a 140hp Siemens-Halske engine.
Buidling this helicopter was a real pleasure and the outcome is, even in 1/48, a nice little kit. Not that easy to construct because there are no alignment pins. Following the instructions is not the easiest way forward. It is important to look ahead a few steps to make life easier for this build, ask me how I know. Inside the kit masks and PE are added, both are a nice addition to this kit. The PE is really nice and good to work with, this however cannot be said about the sprues, most of the parts contain a lot of flash and because of the tiny pieces difficult to clean. Positive parts are the horizontal and vertical stabalizer, they are nicely thinned and therefore realistic, but need to treated gently. The rigging on this kit is done with Uschi wire. Aligning the main blades was tricky but CA glue did eventually the trick and seems to be strong enough.
I would like to thank all who contributed during the building process and special thanks to Colin @coling who started this wonderful group build and made me build my first ever helicopter.
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