History and aircraft registration
Monoplane, single seated, twin engines (Gnome-Rhone 14 Mars, 850 hp each), bringing the duck muzzle, allowing a perfect vision, this device is a great technical achievement for those times, being the precursor of much later designed and most famous, A-10 and Su-25. The particular performance gave the pilot the ability to fight as a hunter, after releasing bombs, managing to achieve almost all types of aerian acrobatics. Armored under engine and also armor-plated Cupra, the windscreen also shell-proof (75 mm) can withstand explosions of 20mm projectiles. Maximum speed was 375 km / h and by coupling –fortajului-? engines were brought up to 110% (the famous "leistung"-over-burst ,moment who began to smoke so intense, leaving the impression that the enemy hit it) it also reached speeds up to 425 km / h and 600l of fuel loaded in the three tanks, gave him a flight autonomy of 700 km to a maximum of 7000m (about 1 ˝ hours flight). Strong-armed, six bomb launchers, of 50-75 kg each or a single 250 kg bomb with delayed explosion by 14 seconds in 200m. As aircraft weapons, it has two machine guns 7.92 or 13.6 mm with 500 cartridges (the fifth cartridge was always the tracer, and the rest of cart, each one and repeated: fighting, perforating, perforating-explosive and mine) and two Rheinmetall 20mm guns with 250 projectiles.
Apart from the Luftwaffe, the Royal Romanian Air Force was the only aircraft of the Second World War equipped with Henschel 129. The Royal Romanian Air Force had a total of over 200 Henschel 129 Late Model B2 variant with short exhaust. The first five aircraft were brought in Romania on June 12, 1943, and the first combat mission takes place on the Eastern front, on 15 August 1943 against the village Kotovka, with a total of 12 airplanes.
The 8th Assault Group consisted of three Fighter Squadron 41st. 42nd and 60th Assault of which at one time have remained only two, and then on the Western front only one squadron from 8th Group Assault-Dive Bomber. 41st Squadron Aircraft was registered starting number 100 and –propellers spinners painted red, 42nd Squadron were numbered with numbers starting with 200 and had yellow propeller spinners and 60th Squadron digit numbers starting with 300 and propellers spinners were blue. Aircraft that had the registration ending of "a", were replacing those destroyed, registration ending arriving in some cases at "c".
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When I first saw the site from <LSP> section "Modell of the Year 2008 - Full resin kit", I whispered myself" it should stay in my showcase". Course this thing happened and I can brag on this occasion that what you see now is an absolute world first and since I did not see another model built anywhere in this scale.
Kit: Henschel 129b 1 / 32 full resin from Jerry Rutman
Registration: Romanian Royal Air Force ,Group 8 Assault, Fighter Squadron 41, 1944, W.N.141122, Lt.Av.Rez pilot. Antonescu Vasile.
Decal: Home Made
Update: 1 / 32 Bomb Set from Eduard
Upgrade: Support ventral bomb, bomb wing supports, ladder, mirror.
I chose this registration because when I look Hs 129b references I found on the back cover of "Squadron Signal: Henschel 129: In Action" like this plane at some point in its existence, was in my hometown (Arad ) "was repaired <after being hit by AA in Rosnov> and was used as training aircraft in Arad airbase, was believed to have been destroyed during fighting between Romanian and Hungarian forces in and around Arad in September 1944. Registration "118a" is the personal emblem of Lt.Av.Rez.Antonescu Vasile a winged bottle of red wine.
Unfortunately I found only one color profile (at the back cover of "Signal Squadron") and one photo in the same book, which shows the right rear of the aircraft, enough to clarify the existence of personal logo on the left side only.
A full model, made of resin, quite good existing only at this scale, not pretentious, which I tried to manage out, as well as I could, a pattern quite nice (I'm happy with what came out).
Unfortunately I made no photos during construction, because when I concluded a stage, I was looking forward to get to the next step without thinking about it and capture the moment, so you'll have to settle with what is seen. The construction took about three months, during which I encountered enough problems as it is the first model full account of resin that I do and that is a fairly large scale (or small) 1/32.
I haven’t used the 30mm cannon on the model because Royal Romanian Air Force did not used that version of armament. I tried to shape (and I hope I did, you will decide that) the ventral bomb racks and those on planes, ladder and mirror, which were not included in the model.
Painting was made with paint Gunze, RLM 02,04,65,66,70,71 (which seemed too light to the reality and it was darken whit a little black and a bit of RLM 70) and Tamiya Smoke.
I am not the best modeller in the world, but for now I’m the first that made this airplane model at scale 1/32. If something came out of this and you love my work, I will let you decide.
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Photos and text © by Florin Silaghi