Condor 1/72 German Missile Set I Kit First Look
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||June 2009||Manufacturer||Condor|
|Subject||German Missile Set I||Scale||1/72|
|Kit Number||72008||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Interesting subjects||Cons||Control surfaces molded solid, no launch ramp provided for Enzian|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$9.00|
The Messerschmitt Enzian subsonic ground-to-air missile was intended as a blast weapon. Its design was undertaken at Messerschmitt early in 1944. It was in essence an unmanned version of the Me 163 Komet aircraft, employing much wood in it’s construction.
To launch and boost the missile, four Schmidding solid fuel rockets were grouped symmetrically around the fuselage. The launch rails were 6,80m in length and were mounted on a modified 88mm gun platform. The Enzian test models were designed to have the Walter RI-210B rocket motor in the rear fuselage. Control of the missile was by means of a radio link, with joystick control and line of sight guidance. The operational version of the Enzian was to be the E-4, flying up to mach 0.9. In all, 38 Enzian missiles were tested. (this is one of the two subjects in this German missiles set)
The second missile in this kit is the Blohm & Voss BV 246 Hagelkorn (Hailstone). The idea of the BV glider bomb was to attack targets safely and cheaply by releasing the BV 246 at considerable range and allowing it to glide to target aerodynamically. The unpowered BV 246 possessed very clean lines. To control and guide the bomb, a gyroscope gave control signals to the rudder, and these signals were, in turn, modified by and direction-finding device tuned to a radio beam from the parent aircraft.
On 12th December 1943, series production began on the BV 246B, but it was cancelled on 26th February 1944, due to enforced pruning of the German missile program in general. The glider bomb was used in a test program from the early summer of 1944 until December.
Examples of carrier aircraft that were used were the Fw 190G-8 and the He-111. However, none were used in combat.
This kit is packaged in a clear cello bag that is stapled to a header card. The cover art shows the Blohm & Voss BV 246 flying along and the Messerschmitt Enzian taking off from a ramp. However, this ramp is not included in the kit. The rear of the the card has a color illustration of a Fw 190, sitting on a runway with the Blohm & Voss BV 246 slung below it. Below this illustration is a color illustration of the Messerschmitt Enzian as a 2 view showing the locations of the solid fuel rockets. There are no markings on these missiles, therefore no decals are in the kit.
The cello bag holds one tree of pale gray parts and the instruction sheet. The parts tree holds the upper and lower halves of the Messerschmitt Enzian, a cradle for it, it’s tail fins and the four solid rockets with separate exhaust nozzles (15 parts for this missile) The rest of the parts are for the BV 246 and consist of the fuselage halves, twin rudders, horizontal tail surface, wings and halves of the attachment mounting that mated it to the parent aircraft (9 parts for this missile).
It would have been nice if CONDOR had included the metal launch ramp for the Enzian. However, those of us that like to scratch-build could probably fabricate one from Plasti-struct material, using the cover art for guidance.
The instructions complete the kit’s contents. It consists of a single sheet, folded in the center to create four pages in 5 ¾” x 8 ¼” format.
Page one has the histories of the 2 missiles in Czech, German and English. Below this is Condor’s address in Prague.
Page two gives a single exploded drawing for assembling the Enzian. Below that is a two view illustration calling out the colors to use. The missile is in overall RLM 02, with the leading edge of the wings in RLM 22, that continues around the fuselage.
Page three also gives a single exploded drawing for the BV 246 assembly. Beow this is a head-on illustration of a He 111, showing how 3 of the BV 246’s were mounted below it. One under each wing and the third under the belly. Another head-on illustration shows how it was mounted below a Fw 190, with a fuselage code given for the FW as WL + FG. There are rod like connections from the wings of the missile to the wings of the FW. However, these both will have to be fabricated by the modeler as they are not in the kit. Easily done with stretched sprue anyway. Below these illustrations are colors called out in RLM numbers. The colors for the BV 246 are RLM 75 above RLM 76 below. There is a narrow red fuselage band around the rear of the fuselage shown.
Page four starts with some kit contents info and says that the kit is for modelers 10 years and older, but not for children under 3. This is followed by some general assembly instructions in Czech, English and German. Below that is the illustration of the lone parts tree in the kit and a listing of paint colors by Authentic, Humbrol, Molak and Tamiya brands of hobby paints. The copyright date of this kit is given as 1994.
What very few panel lines that are on these missiles is of the engraved variety. However, control surfaces are molded solid.
This is quite a unique subject for a model kit. The BV 246 will look neat mounted below a 1/72nd scale Fw for sure.