Friday, July 27

Miniart's Flettner FI 282 V-23 - the captured Hummingbird in five different colour choices.

We have some details about Miniart's newest 35th scale version of the Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri ("Hummingbird"). This is the "V-23" version that saw service with not just the Germans but in testing with the US services also - this variant having five different marking choices. Find out more about this 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# 41004
Injection Moulded Kit
Series: Aircraft Miniatures
Box size: 345x240x60 мм
Parts QTY: 185
Release ETA August 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.

Flettner Fl 282 V-23 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)

This new kit of the Kolibri from Miniart:

Flettner FL 282 Kolibri V-23  
From MiniArt Models
1/35th Scale
Kit No# 41001
Injection Moulded Kit
Series: Aircraft Miniatures
Box size: 345x240x60 мм
Parts QTY: 185
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 FI 282 V-23
W.Nr. 280023. Code “CI+TW”. Had V-shape empennage stabilizers on the tail similar to the ones used on the Cierva C.30 autogyro.
This was the second two-seater prototype and the one which can be found in photos with a cloth-covered cockpit. Fl 282 V23 was taken by the American s after the war and now resides at the United States Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio.
This new kit in a new series from miniart is seen here in CAD files showing the captured version used for testing by the US after WWII.
Kit contains 185 parts for assembling a single Fl 282 V-23 KOLIBRI in 1/35 scale.
Release ETA August 2018
The Sprues of the Kit:
Clear parts included
A decal sheet for five versions is included
Here are the colour schemes for these five variants
This new kit is available hopefully in August. You can find more about this kit on the MiniArt Website