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Thanks for liking my proposed entry!
Here is the rough plan:
I will scratch build part of the tower in 1:35. The real thing was between 50 and 60m high depending on the placement. The top level of the towers were always level with all others in the city and there were always three around the center of the city. The towers came in pairs, one of them being the observation tower, featured of optical- and radar equipment to track the airplanes. The other tower was the one with the heavy Flak guns, usually Flak 29 10,5 cm or Flak 40 12,8 cm in mono- or twin configuration.
I do not plan to scratch build the guns. The construction of cradle, breach mechanism and recoil system is too complex for that. I don’t have that much time and want to focus on the surroundings of the gun. I still puzzle whether to build the 12.8 in mono- or twin configuration, I have both kits available.
Main focus will be on the detailing of the gun with some PE and then the part of the tower that needs to get the appearance of concrete. There are a few pictures and plans but I lack some dimensions. This means there is still some study work ahead.
If you guys want to hint what gun type you want me to build, go ahead. I kind like the picture below which represents the Berlin Zoo tower.
The twin guns are very impressive as well though…
There was a cast steel lid on the main ammunition elevator, you can see it in the above picture lower left corner, here it is again (compare the size of it to the Luftwaffe loader).
I will design this for 3D printing I think.
The kits will be Amusing Hobby 35A020 for the single barrel Flak 40 or Takom 2023 for the twin Flak 40 version, both are 128mm guns.
I wish I had the time and space to build a 1:35 version of the entire tower, but at 55m, this would imply 1.57m in scale, which is huuge! So I will restrict to a cut-out of one tower corner! Here is a picture of Berlin’s Zoo tower right after the war. This one actually was demolished entirely.
Regarding the effectiveness of German Flak in WWII one word: COMPUTERS!
The Germans had an accurate fire guidance system based on triangulation across the direction towers that stood in pairs to the combat towers. The formations of enemy bombers were optically or electromagnetically (radar) tracked by three towers in different locations and via triangulations, the speed, position and bearing could be inferred. This was then fed into an analog computer (one using radio tubes) which calculated elevation and deflection for every gun. These signals were electrically fed to the individual guns and fuses set to the required flight time. The German Flak was well designed and hence deadly. Attrition rates of 25pct (destroyed or damaged) on planes was not an exception, especially in daylight.
I have always been interested in early computing, and the fire direction computers used for laying these guns is quite a feat, given it happened before the digital age set in.
Let me know what you think about my plans!