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Takom- V-1 Flying Bomb w/ Interior

Kit Number:
2151
Scale:
1:35
Published:
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Manufacturer:
TAKOM
Retail Price:
$34.50
Reviewed By:
Michael Reeves

Takom- V-1 Flying Bomb w/ Interior

History

The Fi-103A or Vergeltungswaffen-1 ("Vengeance Weapon 1") flying bomb was developed by Germany and tested at Peenemünde-West facility and was the only production aircraft to be powered by a pulse jet. It entered service in June 1944 and was used to strike London and southeastern England from launch sites in northern France and the Low Countries. After being overrun by Allied advances, these weapons were fired at Allied port facilities around Antwerp, Belgium. The airframe was originally made up entirely of welded sheet steel, but full production versions used plywood to construct the wings. It was directed to its target by a simple guidance system relying on gyroscopes for stability, a magnetic compass for heading, and a barometric altimeter for altitude control. A vane anemometer on the nose drove a counter which determined when the target area was reached and triggered a mechanism to cause the bomb to dive. When the pulse engine cut out, folks knew to get cover before the explosion. V-1s only struck their target 25% of the time, but they were more economical than a sustained bombing campaign. 

Due to its high speed, few Allied fighters were capable of intercepting them in flight. RAF Spitfires and Tempests had the best success, and pilots soon learned to use their wings to flip the V-1s over and throw off their gyroscopes, hopefully causing them to dive onto unpopulated areas. Early test flights had commenced from German aircraft, mainly He-111s launching them from under their wings. However, it was intended to be launched from ground sites using ramps fitted with steam or chemical catapults (look for another Takom kit review featuring a V-1 and its launch platform soon!). Over 30,000 V-1s were produced, with around 10,000 fired at targets in Britain. Of these, only 2,419 reached London killing 6,184 people and injuring 17,981. Antwerp was hit by 2,448 weapons between October 1944 and March 1945 and around 9,000 were fired at targets in other areas of Continental Europe.

The Kit

This version of the kit from Takom features interior details and a bomb trolley. There is a clear sprue included featuring one clear side of the main body and the wing tops if you wish to show off the interior detail. However, this might not work for those looking to put the piece into a historical setting and show off the inside detail-- having removeable panels would be better but there are no provisions to do so with this kit. Maybe some delicate masking or skillful carving might open up an area for detail, but having the option to leave off a panel would have been better. That being said, these clear parts are the slickest looking clear parts I have ever seen.

Sprue A Clear Parts

Sprue B contains parts for the trolley...

Sprue C (x2) has the wheels and tow bar for the trolley among other small bits...

Sprue D (x2) contain the sphere halves of the compressed air bottles and the interior ribs for the wings. 

Sprue E consists of parts for the auto-pilot and compass assemblies, wing root rods, interior bulkheads, and pulse jet engine intakes among other bits.

Sprue F contains parts for the wings and rear horizontal stabilizers. The tops can be replaced with the clear parts from sprue A, but those lack the rivet detail of the ones on F.

Sprue G consists of the two fuselage and engine halves, as well as parts for the pulse jet. Detail is quite nice, but again- I would love to see an easy way to remove a panel and show off that interior.

The small PE fret represents a maintenance cover for the servo mechanism for the rudder, but it looks to just be glued onto the top of the body as opposed to replacing the part on the plastic. The decals are mostly stencils for the exterior body with some red X markings for one of the schemes.

The instruction manual is typical Takom style and consists of just 8 steps. There are color details for the four included schemes and the trolley, but no color instructions at all for the interior. Best keep that box art for reference!!

Schemes include:

Test Program, Peenemünde, Germany, March 1943

  • Operational scheme from Peenemünde, Germany, September 1943

  • Two schemes for Flak Regiment 155 (W), France, Summer 1944

Trolley scheme

 

Conclusion

Not many steps to this one but some complex paint schemes if you choose that route. This will be the first of two builds of ranged missiles- with the second being the current day Chinese DF-17. I am interested to see the design differences over the course of 80 years between German WWII and modern Chinese tech. I have a pretty neat diorama idea for this one, depending on what I can dig up for research...stay tuned!

Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders, pending Full Build.

Thanks goes out to Takom for this review kit.

Reviewed by Michael Reeves

 

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