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Horton Ho-229A-1- theme model from a 1/48 Dragon Kit!

During the final stages of the war, the US military initiated Operation Paperclip which was an effort by the various intelligence agencies to capture advanced German weapons research, and to deny that research to advancing Soviet troops. A Horten glider and the Ho 229 V3, which was undergoing final assembly, were secured and sent to Northrop Corporation in the United States for evaluation. Northrop was chosen because of their experience with flying wings inspired by the Horten brothers' pre-war record-setting glider, Jack Northrop had been building flying wings since the 1939 N-1M.Horten Ho 229 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The only surviving Ho 229 airframe, the V3, is located at the National Air and Space Museum's Paul E. Garber Facility in Suitland, Maryland. Several partial airframes found on the assembly line were destroyed by American troops to prevent capture by the advancing Soviet forces. The Ho 229 was captured by U.S. VIII Corps of General Patton's Third Army.

Ho 229 was of mixed construction with the center pod made from welded steel tube and wing spars built from wood. The wings were made from two thin plywood panels glued together with a charcoal and sawdust mixture. Whether this was done for reasons of stealth, gunfire protection, or simply because late-war Germany experienced shortages of metals and Hortens needed to reinforce the plywood for trans-sonic flight is a matter of largely unreferenced debate and speculation. Control was achieved with elevons and spoilers. The aircraft utilized retractable tricycle landing gear and a brake parachute for landings. The pilot sat on a primitive ejection seat. Horten Ho 229 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Our "Theme Model" here represents a --what if approach--  when my reconstruction crew (they have re - named themselves the "Airframe Bashers") rebuilt some existing scrap parts and in the process discovered some furniture grade plywood panels that could be used to replace the original plywood used by the Germans for the wing paneling. Well this looked so good that they decided to polish it up and apply a heavy coat of boat type spar varnish to weatherproof  them!

The reference for these wood panels can be seen in the August 2005 issue od SAMI page 751in the scale drawings of Gotheer Waggonfabrik. He shows two versions of the paneling -- the German version and the American version. I have chosen the American version to simulate.

Of course they had to polish up a bit of the central sections metal parts! And yes, add a bit of color here & there to brighten up the overall appearance!

Several major fuselage parts assemblies after spraying with Testors Gloss Coat and Alclad Airframe Aluminum.

Jet Engines sprayed with Alclad Airframe Aluminum on top of Testors Gloss Coat Lacquer, then sprayed with the following Alclad colors: Aztec Bronze (custom blend), Steel, Jet Exhaust and Pale Gold.

Details Added to Engines!

Fuselage Nose section. Tamiya Clear Red applied over Alclad 2 Airframe Aluminum which had been applied over Testors Gloss Coat Lacquer. Gunze Clear Red applied over the Tam. After I thumb printed that, I over sprayed everything with Testors Gloss Coat Lacquer.

OOB Instrument Panel sprayed with Alclad Jet Exhaust, then dry brushed with MM Chrome Silver enamel.

Seat sprayed with Alclad Jet Exhaust on top of Air Frame Aluminum. MM Leather Enamel on seat cushion. Gunze Flat Red on Head Rest!

Machine Guns sprayed with Alclad Jet Exhaust, and dry brushed with MM silver chrome enamel. Cartridges brushed with MM Gold Enamel.

Cockpit parts installed in upper frame!

Cockpit with IP added.

Nose section added to lower frame assembly.

Engines installed!

The reconstruction crew has been testing the jet engines a little which dirtied up the rear frame a bit! (They were running a little rich and "smoky")!!

Top assembly with cockpit added. Alclad Jet Exhaust has been sprayed on rear top assembly!

Most of the Landing Gear items now assembled to center section!

Left wing top surface. Masked, control elements sprayed with Alclad White Aluminum then Titanium Gold. These will be masked off in preparation for the "wood" decals

Left Wing bottom surface. It had been masked and sprayed with Alclad White Aluminum, then Titanium Gold on the control surfaces.

Left wing top after two wood grain decals in place. The decal material of the left hand in place decal is very transparent and needs a white background to show its color best. See small sample decal  for true color. So I have now sprayed the remaining wing area with Alclad white Aluminum to try to enhance the decal color for the remaining panels.

All decals now in place and leading edge masked removed (after cutting carefully with scalpel along wood decal line.. Two coats of Testors Glosscoat Lacquer applied, buffing in between with micromesh 12000.

Alclad Airframe Aluminum now applied to leading edge and all masking tape removed!


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