Brengun 1/48 OKB Chelomey 16KhA Priboy Kit First Look
|Date of Review||May 2018||Manufacturer||Brengun|
|Subject||OKB Chelomey 16KhA Priboy||Scale||1/48|
|Kit Number||48001||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Easy construction, nice detailing||Cons||See text|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$20.95 w/free shipping|
In 1941, Vladimir Nikolayevich Chelomey was and aeronautical engineer who developed the Soviet's first pulse jet engine. By 1944, after learnnig that the Nazis were using a pulse-engine-powered missile against targets in Britain, the Soviets appointed Chelomey to head aircraft plant number 51, formerly led by Nikolai Nikolayevich Polikarpov, designer of the I-15 and I-16 fighters. Later to become Experimental Design Bureau (OKB) 52 or Chelomey OKB, this group developed the Soviet's first cruise missile based upon the pulse-jet engine and thanks to recovered parts scattered about England from expended V-1s. The OKB's first test flight was reported in December 1944 using their first flight-worthy design designated 10Kh. The OKB continued developing better, more capable examples which included the twin-engined 16KhA, before their focus was shifted to ballistic missile technologies.
Brengun first released this kit in 2016 and has since followed up with a reissue as kit 48003 with decal options for a Soviet flying target. Molded in tan styrene, this kit is presented on one parts tree and is a simple build. Among the features and options:
- Nice twin-engined V-1 derivative
- Optional transport trolley
This first release doesn't include decals as the subjects provided in their color profiles depict unmarked test articles.
While a relatively quick and simple build, this kit will provide an interesting subject for the contest table, while what-if modelers can have some fun depicting this as a follow-on V-1 design used by the Germans or other post-war test article.
This kit is available from HobbyZone USA.
My sincere thanks to HobbyZone USA for this sample!