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V-1 Kit

Tamiya 1/48 V-1 (Fieseler Fi 103) Kit First Look

By Ray Mehlberger

Date of Review August 2011 Manufacturer Tamiya
Subject V-1 (Fieseler Fi 103) Scale 1/48
Kit Number 61052 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Simple build, easy assembly Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $13.00

First Look

V-1 Kit
V-1 Kit

The Fieseler Fi 103, better known as the V-1 (German Vereltunswaffen 1, "retaliation weapon 1") and Buzz Bomb, also colloquially known in Britain as the Doodlebug, was an early pulse-jet -powered predecessor of the cruise missile..

The V-1 was developed at Peenemunde Airfield by the German Luftwaffe during the Second World War. During initial development it was known by the codename "Cherry Stone". The first of the so-called Vergeltunswaffen series designed for terror bombing of London, the V-1 was fired from "ski" launch sites along the French (Pas-de-Calais) and Dutch coasts. The first V-1 was launched at London on 13 June 1944, one week after (and prompted by) the successful Allied landing in Europe.

At its peak, more than one hundred V-1s a day were fired at southeast England, 9,521 in total, decreasing in number as sites were overrun until October 1944, when the last V-1 site in range of Britain was overrun by Allied forces. This caused the remaining V-1s to be directed at the port of Antwerp and other targets in Belgium, with 2,448 V-1s being launched. The attacks stopped when the last site was overrun on 29 March 1945. In total, the V-1 attacks caused 22,892 casualties (almost entirely civilians).

The British operated an arrangement of defenses (including guns and fighter aircraft) to intercept the bombs before they reached their targets and as part of Operation Crossbow, the launch sites and underground V-1 storage depots were targets of strategic bombing.

The kit comes in an end-opening type box. The box shows a V-1 being chased by a British Meteor jet fighter. Side panels show 2 paint schemes: a solid dark green above light blue below and a mottle of the same green above the light blue. Descriptions next to these are in Japanese only. The back of the box serves as the assembly, painting and marking instructions.

Inside the box is a single light gray tree of parts and the decal sheet inside a stapled shut cello bag. There is a sheet of “Important Information concerning this kit” in 13 different languages including English.

The V-1 is molded into 8 parts: the fuselage halves (which have the rudder and pulse engines molded in), the wings, elevators, engine nose cone and air intake fan.

There is a cradle dolly to set the V-1 onto. It is made up of 9 parts: 2 tow bar handles, 4 wheels, upper and lower framework.

The decal sheet provides a multitude of stencil markings.

This will make up into a nice model of the V-1. The engraved scribing is well done. With a grand total of only 17 parts, this is definitely a week-end build project. The only time consuming work will be applying all the stencil decals.

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