|REVIEWER:||Carmel J. Attard|
|NOTES:||Basic vacuform kit|
The Heinkel HD 42 50, later designated the Heinkel He 42 was a German two-seat biplene floatplane originally designed for the flying school, and later built for the Germa Luftwaffe. The He-42 was absolete by the start of the war. It was used as a basic trainer for many seaplane aircrew and remained so until the end of World War II as a trainer for maritime pilots.
In 1929, Heinkel developed a biplane, the HD 42, for use with the covert military-training organization (DVS). Its fuselage was constructed out of a welded steel tube truss and had a rectangular cross-section with a rounded top. The engine covers were made out of light-weight metal, while the rest of the fuselage was covered in fabric. The aircraft was equipped with floats.
The HD 42 model received good feedback from the Swedish Navy, who had purchased the aircraft, as well as from the famous pilot Gunther Plusehow (who was the first airman to fly over the Patagonian mountains of Chile and Argentina at Tierra Del Fuego). The prototype was equipped with a BMW Va engine but the later versions came with a Junker L5G engine.
Ten aircraft had been manufactured by 1932, when a new version, the He 42C was rolled out. Series production began with the He 42D model (14 manufactured) which were intended for the German Air Force, which at the time was illegal. A further 189 He 42Es were built in 1934 and these aircraft were used by various flying schools until the end of Worle War Two. Bulgaria also received possibly three of the He-42C. These were employed on maritime reconnaissance duties but soon relegated to training duties when more advanced types started to arrive at Varna.
strut. A cardboard or plastic jig is also suggested in order to aid alignment of the floats and wings in the exact final position.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
The interior was painted medium grey with side instruments and front instrument panel in touches of black and darker grey. The upper surfaces were in Humbrol olive green while the lower surfaces in Hellblau. Yellow was applied to the underside of wing tips and to rudder and front area of engine. Civil registration of this military Bulgarian floatplane were in white lettering which came from my spares box, fortunately I had the correct size for the white lettering over the wings and fuselage sides, and black lettering for the underside of wings. The kit was given two coats of Model Master semi gloss lacquer.
Carmel J. Attard
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