Condor 1/72 German Missile Set II Kit First Look
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||June 2009||Manufacturer||Condor|
|Subject||German Missile Set II||Scale||1/72|
|Kit Number||72009||Primary Media||Styrene/PE|
|Pros||Interesting model subject. Nice PE parts||Cons||Nothing worth mentioning|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$9.00|
Blohm & Voss L-10 Friedensengel
The idea of the Blohm & Voss L-10 glider was to attack the target at considerable range, releasing the torpedo LT 950C from the L-10 glider. The glider should be released at an altitude of 2,500 m from the carrier aircraft, allowing it to glide to a range of 8,500 m.
At a height of 10 meters over the water surface, the torpedo would be automatically released from the L-10 glider continuing on its way to target in the water.
For the test program, there were produced 54 pieces, which were consumed in tests from December 1942. Later, 330 pieces were ordered for the production series. In reality, only 270 were manufactured.
130 pieces were later consumed during the next tests and 34 pieces were delivered to the KG-26 for combat training. On 21st December 1943, a He 111 (code ND+AS) released a L-10 from the height of 428 m at the speed of 281 km/h. Later, another He 111 (code PB+PJ) reached the range of 3,276 m with the L-10. The L-10 was never used in combat.
In 1940, work began on the project of a controlled free-fall weapon for attacking armored ships. Development was entrusted to Ruhrstahl AG, under Dr. Kramer’s guidance, and the new missile was designated PC 1400 X (code name Fritz X) by the military and X-1 by the company.
The Fritz X was operational by July 1943. III/KG 100 was based at Istres, near Marseilles, with Fritz X carrying Do 217K-2’s and executed their first operation over the Mediterranean on 20th August 1943.
The Fritz X was in essence an armor-piercing bomb fitted with wings and guided to the target by the navigator of the carrier aircraft, who followed it’s progress visually and operated a joystick control device. The first, and best known, success with the Fritz X occurred on 9th September 1943, when the Italian fleet was attacked and the battleship Roma was hit and sunk. The total number of Fritz X’s manufactured between April 1943 and December 1944 was 1,386, of which 602 were consumed in tests and training operations.
Henschel Hs 293A
The development program of the air-to-ground missile Hs 293 was launched in December 1940 and lasted until early 1944. The production model was the Hs 293A-1.
Attached to the warhead of the SC-500 bomb were two wings behind which was the fuselage rear section carrying instrumentation and the tailplane. Since the warhead was that of an SC-500 thin-walled bomb, the missile was suitable only for attacking non-armored ships and similar targets. The single under-slung pod contained a Walter 109-5078 liquid-propellant rocket unit. This motor provided 600 kg thrust for ten seconds, which added about 195 km/h to the speed of the missile to drive it ahead of the carrier aircraft, where the bomb aimer would see it and guide it to target.
Final speed of the missile varied between 435 km/h and 900 km/h, depending on the launching height and release distance from the target. This varied between 400 m and 2000 m for heights, and 3.5 km and 18 km for range.
Radio control of the missile was by means of a Knuppel joystick control box, a Kehl transmitter and a Strassbourg superhet receiver. One hundred Hs 293A-1’s were modified to operate on wire link and were designated Hs 293B.
The Hs 293A-1 went into action for the first time on 25th August 1943, when II/KG 100, based at Cognac with Do 217E-5’s, attacked destroyers in the Bay of Biscay. Two days later, the Gruppe sank the corvette Egret with the missile. In addition to Egret, numerous escort vessels, transports and warships were later sank by Hs 293A missiles.
Aircraft used on operations with the Hs 293 included the He 111H-12, He 177A-3, He 177R-3, Fw 200C-6, Do 217E-5, Do 217K-2 and Do 21K-3.
Condor is a model company based in Prague, Czech Republic.
This kit comes in a cello bag that is stapled to a header card. The cover art shows the 3 missiles that are provided in the kit. The Fritz X is shown descending on a ship. The Hs 293 is shown being launched from below a Ju-88. The Bv L-10 is shown gliding along over water.
The back of the header card has color illustrations of he Hs 293A mounted under the left wing of a Do 217. A second color illustration shows the Bv L-10 glider torpedo under the left wing of a Ju-88 and the third color illustration is a head on shot of He 111 with the Fritz X mounted offset under it’s belly.
The kit contains one light gray parts tree that holds the parts for the 3 different missiles in the set.
The parts for the Bv L-10 consist of: the torpedo fuselage halves, wings and glider fuselage rear part ( 3 parts for this missile).
The parts for the Hs 293 consist of: the fuselage halves, rocket motor halves, wings, horizontal tail surface and its underwing mounting shackle parts There are 2 of these missiles provided (16 parts)
The parts for the Fritz X consist of: the fuselage halves and tail fins (4 parts)
Many small detail parts for these three missiles are included on the brass PE fret in the kit. This fret is in it’s own stapled-shut cello bag, with a white card backing to keep it from being bent in shipment. (59 parts on this fret)
There are no decals in the set, as there were no marking on these missiles apparently.
The instruction sheet completes the kit’s contents. I consists of a single sheet, folded in the center to create 4 pages in 5 ¾” x 8 ¼” format.
Page one has the histories of the 3 different missiles in Czech, English and German. Below these is Condor’s address.
Spread across pages two and three are individual exploded drawings, one for each missile assembly. Below these are drawings showing how the missiles are mounted under the carrier aircraft and painting instructions, calling out the colors in RLM numbers.
The Blohm and Voss Bv L-10 torpedo is to be overall gloss black with a gunmetal nose and silver band behind the nose. The glider, above it, is to be light blue overall. Illustrations show three mounted under a He 177A-3 (code TM+IF) of KG 100 at Brandenburg-Brest 1944. The second illustrations have the torpedo as dark green with horizontal stripes on the nose of red and white. The glider is again light blue overall. Two of them are shown mounted under the wings of a Ju-88A-6, no unit or code mentioned, and the year 1943.
The Hs 293 is to be light (RLM 02) gray overall with 2 dark blue bands (RLM 24) around the center and nose of the upper missile. This scheme was used on missiles mounted under the wings of a Fw 200C-8/U10 (code FB+IT) of III/KG40 in 1944. A second color scheme has the upper missile with a medium gray nose (RLM 75) and the rear area in gray (RLM 02). The lower booster rocket is overall 02. This scheme was used on 293’s slung under the wings of a He 177A-5 (code KM+VD) of KG 100 in 1943.
The Fritz X is either in overall black with white stripes around the nose, wings and along the lengths of the tail fin cone surfaces or overall light blue (RLM 65) with black edges to the rear of the tail fin cone. It is said that these 2 schemes were on Fritz X’s carried inboard of the engines, under the wings of a Do 217K-2/R19 (code T+) of III/KG 100, Marseilles-Istres 1943.
Page four begins with general instructions and says the set is for modelers 10 and older and not for children under 3. This is followed by the parts tree and PE fret illustrations. Below these is a listing of hobby paints, called out in RLM numbers, FS numbers and Authentic, Humbrol, Molak and Tamiya brands. The copyright date of 1994 appears here also.
This is a neat model subject. These 3 different missiles will really dress up models of the carrier aircraft’s that would be attached to. Of the two missile sets that Condor does, this one has more stuff in it than their set no 1, therefore more bang for your buck. The kit is still around and listed as being in stock at Squadron.