KIT:

Sharkit 1/72 Horten Ho-X

KIT #

 

PRICE:

$32.50

DECALS:

none

REVIEW &
PHOTOS :

Allan Wanta

NOTES:

Basic Resin Kit

HISTORY

In the waning hours of the mighty Third Reich, two brothers designed all wing aircraft that, despite the outcome of the war, would serve into the 21st Century. The Horten IX or 2-229 aircraft had proven the idea that an all wing aircraft was a superior design to the conventional aircraft then being used. An American designer also realized this idea of an all wing aircraft by the name of Jack Northrop. The fruition of his dream was the B-2 Stealth bomber, the Horten's dream was not to be, although numerous designs and some actual aircraft were built in Argentina after the war.

THE KIT

 

To be honest with you all, this kit is more a fanciful idea than an actual paper project brought to life. Based on the Ho-229 with some tweaking by Sharkit, we have what could have been the single engine version of the actual Ho-229. Owing to that fact, we go into a more detailed look at this neat little resin kit. The wings and main body of the kit are very well cast in the usual tan resin, some small surface pitting was noticed, but nothing a little 400 grit paper would solve. Two clear thin vac canopies are included along with some small resin bits that make up the wheels, wheel covers and cockpit seat. The interior as well as the main gear legs must be scratch built by the builder. I simply used the gear from the PM/Revell Ta-153 kit, it's a good bet to use the nose wheel from this kit as the one supplied in the Sharkit kit is a bit pitted and would require much rework to get into shape. Also, an engine cover for the underside was supplied in a white vacuform plastic, this once fitted covers the resin engine. No decals are included but finding them was not a problem in the spares parts file.

CONSTRUCTION

First order of business, clean up the resin wings, a simple procedure, sand off the minor molding blocks and fill in some leading and trailing edge pits and cracks. I feel Mr. Wagner at Sharkit does a very fine job of casting his parts and has a different approach to the engineering aspect of his kits. Attach the wings to the main body, and attach the separate nose/intake piece, which makes up the cockpit tub. The cockpit really needs some help, and I based mine on the Ho-229 with tubular braces, sidewall controls and a reworked Fw-190 control panel. It looks busy enough to pass inspection by the Mag-light group at my local hobby shows.

With the landing gear dilemma taken care of, I could concentrate on the smoothing all the resin pieces into looking like the one piece structure that is typical of a Horten wing. The best putty for this and any job is a two part polyester filler, available at any local auto enthusiasts store, I believe Bondo falls into that category, hey, it works! The wing will fly.

The canopy attachment could be approached in two ways, one is to trim it and attach it with white glue or similar glue. The other would be to keep a fair amount of plastic around the actual canopy and smooth in onto the wing, this was the way I did it and it looks a lot better than the first choice. The advantages of this out weight the usual method in that the smooth lines are not interrupted and the interior is airtight, keeping the dust and dirt out. The canopy was masked using Bare Metal foil and the fun begins. 

PAINT & DECALS

 

With Xtra-color RLM 83 and 82 in hand, the upper surface was hand mottled; the underside was given a coat of RLM 76. The engraved surface details are picked out using various pencils and inks seeing that these are the only areas engraved. For the first time I used the new Eduard Paint masks for national insignia, and I must say it sure beats the tar out of preparing for and using the slide on decal system. They look, well, painted on!

The fiddley details such as landing gear and gear doors are processed, poised in the ready to take off position. That's about all that's needed to get this kit onto the display shelve. It may seem about as daunting a task as say doing a vacuform, but resin kits are not that difficult. 

CONCLUSIONS

I would rate this kit a 7 for ease of assembly and molding quality. The fact some small details must be scratch built would probably put this kit into the advanced modeler arena. It looks great next to my Ho-229 and Ho-XVIII and after all, the wing is the future and it will fly!

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