This is my Revell 1/72 FW 200 Condor
airliner, finished as Adolf Hitler's personal plane.
Designed by Kurt Tank, the FW 200 resulted from an interwar Deutsche Lufthansa specification for a transatlantic passenger land plane, an aggressive and unusual concept at the time where airlines used seaplanes on long over-water routes.
Whereas existing airliners cruised at altitudes below 5,000 ft, the FW 200 was designed to cruise economically at an altitude of over 9,800 ft – the highest possible without a pressurized cabin.
Until the arrival of Boeing 307 and Douglas DC-4 in early 40s, the FW 200 was the world's most modern airliner.
The designation "Condor" was chosen because of its very long wingspan, like the condor bird.
Upon Japanese Navy’s interest for a “Search and Patrol '' military version, the 10th prototype was designed with military equipment.
Ultimately, the specific aircraft was held in Germany as war broke out, becoming the basis for all later military Condors used by the Luftwaffe.
In order to replace his somewhat limited capability Ju-52, at the suggestion of his personal pilot Hans Baur, Adolf Hitler chose the third FW 200 prototype (the V3, Werknummer 3099), as his personal transport.
The specific machine was reconfigured as a plush two-cabin airliner, with Hitler's seat equipped with a wooden table, a seat-back armor plating and an automatic downward firing parachute.
It was originally painted per the Lufthansa livery.
In line with Hitler's preferences, it carried the markings "D-2600" and was named "Immelmann III" in honor of Max Immelmann. As the war progressed it changed designation to "WL+2600" and finally, to "26+00", painted per the standard Luftwaffe camo. It was destroyed at Berlin Tempelhof Airport in an Allied bombing raid on 18 July 1944.
The Revell kit is a very good "modern" kit of this important airliner, the only drawback being the absolute lack of any means of passenger interior.
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