|REVIEWER:||Carmel J. Attard|
|NOTES:||Mostly photo etch brass|
The Focke Achgelis Fa 330 Bachstelze rotor-kite for use on submarines was designed by Heinrich Focke in 1942. The rotor-kite was of simple constructipon and small dimensions. It was assigned to German class IX ocean going submarines. With an observer the Fa 330 was to take off from a platform installed behind the submarine’s tower. Then it was towed at the end of a 300 meter cable enabling cealing of 220 metres. Two hundred production Fa 330s were built by Weser-Flugzeugbau factory at Hoyenkamp.
As Allied air cover in other theatres of the war was considered too much of a threat, only U-boats operating in the far southern parts of the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean used the FA 330. The first Fa 330 first saw limited service in the Southern Atlantic in the summer of 1942, but more often it was used over the Indian Ocean. Despite its advantages, the use of the FA 330 only resulted in a single sinking when the German Navy submarine U-177 used one to spot, intercept and sink the Greek steamer Efthalia Mari on 6 August 1943.
The Allies came into possession of an Fa 330 in May 1944 when they captured the submarine U-852 intact. After the war, the British government did successful experiments towing Fa 330s behind ships and jeeps, but the development of the helicopter quickly occupied the attention of the military.
U-boats that deployed FA 330 kites included at least U-177, U-181, and U-852. One such survivor is Fa-330A-1 No 100503 which is on display at the RAF Museum at Cosford, UK.
The kit comes in a sturdy Pavla Models style cardboard box with a colour plan and side view of the kite on the outside cover. Opening the box there is an A4 size instruction sheet comprising of a history part, a clear comprehensive exploded view of all the items in the kit, which easy enough to follow and colour indication of all the parts.
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This is probably the smallest scale model that I have ever made and this adds another type in captured markings. It looks small and easy to build but it is also time consuming and is another good addition to those entire keen on German types or VTOL.
Carmel J. Attard
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