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Horten ho 229 by Teratophoneus Horten ho 229 by Teratophoneus
Here it is, my horten 229 flying wing
Backround: Together with the Bv 141 the horten 229 is probably the most unique aircraft that took to the skies in wwii. This flying wing was designed by the horten brothers, which had already designed flying wing gliders before wwii. The horten brothers designed the 229 as a concept for a new glider at first but the project found big inerests in the german luftwaffe. Hermann göring, leader of the luftwaffe was highly interested in thendesign and gave the hortens extra money for developing their new glider into a jet powered fighter aircraft. The new design was called intern as the horten h IX. The new fighter aircraft was planned to have he BMW 003 engines but a shortage of these engines meant that the Jumo 004 engine was used instead. The bigger 004 meant that the construction had to be overworked. The horten 229 was built up out of wood mostly, only the engin parts around the cockpit were metal. Planned armament was 2 mk 103 in the V6, the serial machines were planned to have four cannons of 30 mm calibreA trycicle landin gear was planned , the nose wheel was huge and gave the the 229 an diagonal stand which gave it a rather short take off way. The 229 was planned to carry up to 1000kg of bombs, could fly 1000km/h fast and a range of 1000 km- therefore the program was called the 3-1000 program. The first 229 was a glider, while the v2 was already powered by jet engines and had its maiden flight in february 1945. Several flights were made with the v2 but on the 4th flight the v2 piloted by erwin ziller crashed and killed the pilot. No one knows why it crashed. The v3 never took to the sky as the enemy forces forced to abandone the test flight station . On a test flight were it performed a simulated dogfight against a me 262, the 229 showed itspotential, as it was faster, and much more maneuvrbale. there are some doubts if this flight happened as the herman army had a shortage of fuel at that time but the results are plausible . The 229 was much more maneuvrable than other jet fighters of its time, it was even as maneuvrable as a prop driven aircraft. The 229 was also the first stealth aircraft. Test performed by northrop sowed that this plane has a very low radar signature. the rarar of that time wasnt as good as todays radar and the test results sho that the english radar would have shown the 229 only a few minutes before its arrival. With that short time and a top sped of 977 km/h it would have been impossible to catch even for spitfires and hurricanes.its heavy armament made it a very potent enemy but it never entered service as the war ended before more could been built.Reimar Horten worked on another plane based on the 229, the horten XVIII long range heavy bomber. This huge flying wing bomber was designed to bring the terror of war to american cities and it was set to be powered by 6 jet engines. The horten 18 was planned to use nuclear weapons on which germany already worked on.The V3 was captured by allied forces and sent to america where it still stands and awaits restoration.



The model kit. The kit is from revell in 1/72 scale. It contains 70 parts and costs 9,99€

Detail: Very nice. it has very fine details, the landing gear is highly detailed as is the cockpit with its awesome frame structure. But what is the best is the interior. not only is the structure of the inner wing ankles wonderful portrayes, also the 2 mk 103 30mm cannons are completely included and can be seens if you dont glue the cover parts onto the fuselage as you can see in the pictures.
The detail is just awesome. I really doubt that the other producers which offer the horten 229 have such great detail.
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Fitting. I had no problems with fitting everything went fine together
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Functions: Here we have a great surprise as jet models of that scale usually dont offer any functions. But here we can move the big nose wheel and the flaps which cover the mk 103 cannons can also be put off as you can just stick them onto the openings without gluing them( the manual doesnt states this but you can do it.
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Decals. It includes decals for 2 fictional versions of the german luftwaffe. As you can use whatever decals you want cause its a luft´46 aircraft, I went beyond a straight from the box paint job and marking by using the 2 big edelweii flowers that I still had from my albatros d.V. The rest are the original decals from the kit. The decals are clear and very detailed.
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Extrapoints: The horten 229 is an awesome aircraft and the revel kit is just fantastic. I love that kit. It is perfectly executed and it just looks fantastic
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Fazit: I can absolutely recomment this kit. It is the ultimate 229 kit in my opinion . It offers everything that you exspect from an awesome 5 star kit-awesome details, perfect fitting amazing fuctions and the awesome decal quality from revell-this kit is perfect in my opinion and not difficult to built either. I can absolutely recommend this kit to everyone who like extraordinary aircraft and to fans of wwii aircraft.
It is one of my favourite revell models and I would built it anytime again.
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Note: The paintjob is completely fictional and depicts a machine of JG 400.
And believe it or not the assembly and the painting of the kit took me jsut a few hours!
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:iconlutts:
Lutts Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Very very impressive!
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thehouseofthedead4 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
You have a neat piece of a model right there.
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thehouseofthedead4 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
The 229 established the concept of the Stealth fighter-Bomber.
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RomanYevseyev Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Hey, by the end of the war the Luftwaffe already possessed these planes?
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Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
yes, well they were prototypes but 3 were built until the wars end.The first 229, the V1 was just a glider, the V2 had already jet engines and made several succesful flights and the V3 was nearlycompleted by wars end. The V 3 now stands in the usa and is awaiting its restoration.
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
That plane was so advanced it is crazy and the first stealth plane too, and one of the prototypes flew and the reports indicated it worked very well.
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TTLee Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
did it work?
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Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Dont understand your question . What did work?
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TTLee Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
the aircraft. did they use it at all?
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Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
it was intended to become one of germanys top secret weapons but only 3 prototypes were built before the war had ended. vs was succesfully flown and it turned out to be an excellent airplane.
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TTLee Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
ok then
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TTLee Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
ok then
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Alpine-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
Too Cool - I have never seen a 229 with Edelweiss livery.
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DingoPatagonico Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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PzlWksMedia Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
The truly amazing thing is that the younger brother was able to solve the equations for making the "flying wing" a reality when on 12 years old. Yes they built numerous gliders, But still while in there teens! Winning several glider competitions as well. They also lost some famous friends who were killed flying in heavy weather in the early days. Caught in a hail storm and ripping the fabric of the glider into shreds....spinning all the way down.

As well as a 60 degree swept wing version of their concept. To get the Horten project made the brother created a fake secret project authorization from inside the Luftwaffe....faking documents,signatures of authorization that went all the way to the top of the german military. If they had been caught the would have been most likely shot. The older brother had been in the Battle of Britain disaster...and his goal was only to be able to out turn the Spitfire.

I have a original autographed 1st edition of the hard cover book of the Horten brothers...published several years ago. The brothers were also friend with many of germany's most famous pilots from the time they were boys. After the WWII they were interned in prison, in part because Jack Northrop claimed the were dangerous to american authorities. A very clear account of their interview with Northrop is in the book and his efforts to prevent their release. A real shame. The wing design was very different than the Northrop wing equation also much safer to fly. Wood at the time was really more like a composite material of today, absorbing radar, moldable...almost plastic in nature. These two brother were truly amazingly gifted.
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Coffeebean2 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the camo! fucking amazing man, love it!
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Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
thank you very much :D
At first I wanted to make the wings dark green with olive green but it didnt work as my green colour was empty(those airbrushs drain your colours really fast) and then I wanted to make it completely black but I finally decided to make it like shown here.
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