Thursday, November 30

Preview: MiniArt's new Hummingbird takes off in 35th scale

We have some details about Miniart's new 35th scale version of the Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri ("Hummingbird") that sets them on a new (hopefully upwards) trajectory. If this, the first in their aircraft miniature series is half as nice as their new tanks we might be in for a winner. Find out more about this new kit, its parts, how it looks going together & the real aircraft in our preview...

Preview: MiniArt's new Hummingbird takes off in 35th

Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri 
From MiniArt Models
1/35th Scale
Kit No# 41001
Injection Moulded Kit
Series: Aircraft Miniatures
Box size: 345x240x60 мм
Parts QTY: 185
Release ETA January 2018
The Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri ("Hummingbird") is a single-seat open cockpit intermeshing rotor helicopter produced by Anton Flettner of Germany. The Fl 282 was undoubtedly Anton Flettner's most successful helicopter development. Prototype testing finished by July of 1940 when the helicopter entered service.

In 1942 German Navy began testing of FI 282. The FI 282 was found to have good handling in good and bad weather, with stable flight characteristics in all conditions whilst also being quite maneuverable. Several tests involved rough conditions at sea including landing in harsh conditions which the Kolibri proved itself a capable and reliable machine.

In 1942 a total of twenty prototypes were in testing. Based on the prototypes' success, plans to manufacture 1000 helicopters were approved; however, these were never built in such numbers due to the allied bombing of the Flettner and BMW factories.

By 1943, twenty-four Fl 282s were been built, with twenty used by the Kriegsmarine for convoy protection in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas. Unfortunately, little is known of the operational deployment of the machine during that time. It is also known that Luft-Transportstaffel 40 had at least three Fl 282s (and also three Focke Achgelis Fa 223s) at its disposal, based at Ainring in April 1945. It was possibly one of this unit's Fl 282s that flew Gauleiter Hanke out of besieged Breslau just before the capture of that city.

Only three FI 282’s were discovered by the Allies in a serviceable condition at the end of the war. All of the others had been lost in service or destroyed or disassembled to prevent capture of their technology. Of these three machines, Fl 282 V15 and V23 were taken to the USA, with a third FI 282 V16 being claimed by the USSR. Examples known to have survived are the Fl 282 (c/n 28368) at the Cranfield Institute of Technology, and the Fl 282 V23 at the United States Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio. The one which was captured by USSR is displayed in Moscow at the Aviation Institute (National Research University).

Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri Characteristics
Crew: 1or 2
Length: 6.56 m (21 ft 6 in)
Height: 2.2 m (7 ft 3 in)
Weight (empty): 760 kg (1,676 lb)
Max take-off weight: 1,000 kg (2,205 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Bramo Sh.14A 7-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engine, 119 kW (160 hp)
Main rotor diameter: 2× 11.96 m (39 ft 3 in)
Main rotor area: 224.69 m2 (2,418.5 sqft)

Maximum speed: 150 km/h (93 mph; 81 kn) at sea level
Range: 170 km (106 mi; 92 nmi)
Service ceiling: 3,300 m (10,800 ft) / Hover ceiling: 300 m (984 ft)
Rate of climb: 1.52 m/s (299 ft/min)
Rotor loading: 8.84 kg/m2 (1.81 lb/sqft)

Flettner FI 282 V-6
W.Nr. 280001. Code “GF+YF”. Seen here in artists render of its first flight on the 8th of January 1942

In August 1942 the FI 282 V-6 was used for test flights from depot ship "Graig" in Travemünde.
From Autumn 1942 until winter 1943 V-6 served on the minelayer ship “Drache”.
In April 1943 this Kolibri is seen in service of the anti-submarine warfare carrier KUJ13. It was sent back to the Flettner plant on 22/11/1943 for maintenance & testing before re-entering service.
This new kit of the Kolibri from Miniart:

Flettner FL 282 Kolibri 
From MiniArt Models
1/35th Scale
Kit No# 41001
Injection Moulded Kit
Series: Aircraft Miniatures
Box size: 345x240x60 мм
Parts QTY: 185
This new kit in a new series from miniart is seen here in CAD files for the first time...
Kit contains 185 parts for assembling a single Fl 282 V-6 KOLIBRI in 1/35 scale.
Release ETA January 2018
The Sprues of the Kit:
Clear parts included
Here are some pictures of the kit in a construction process
A size estimate next MiniArt's (smallest) tank in the same scale
A decal sheet for four versions is included
Here are the colour schemes for these four variants
This new kit is available hopefully in January! You can find more about this kit on the MiniArt Website