Italeri 1/72 Go-244

KIT #: 111
PRICE: $20.00 on sale
DECALS: Three options
REVIEWER: Torben Plesberg
NOTES: First twin boom transport aircraft in the world


The Luftwaffe was always short of transport aircraft/gliders. The Gothaer Waggon Fabrik developed a transport glider in the early forties called Gotha Go 242, which could accommodate 23 fully equipped troops. It was a shoulder wing steel tube, fabric and wooden construction with a square cross section central fuselage and with a twin boom tail. The glider tug would typical be a Ju 52/3M or a He 111.

When France was occupied in 1940, large stocks of Gnome- Rhône engines were available for the German aircraft industry. The Go 242 was hence equipped with two Gnome Rhônes, one in front of each boom. This engine was produced in counter rotating pairs, a good measure for a twin engine aircraft. The American P- 38 Lightning had also counter rotating engines as standard. Other German aircraft with Gnome Rhône power plants were: the Henschel HS 129 anti tank and close support aircraft, the Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant, and the Arado Ar 232 B, both transport aircraft.

The Go 244, as the engine version of the Go 242 was called, could carry the same as the glider on own power. The Go 244 was put into production in early 1942. However, the aircraft was a disappointment, because with one engine shut down, it could not maintain height, meaning that the aircraft was underpowered. Besides, it was vulnerable to ground fire.

The service debut of the Go 244 was in Greece, Crete. Other units were equipped with the type in North Africa and on the Eastern Front. However, all aircraft were withdrawn during 1942 because of the shortcomings, and the Go 244s were rebuilt to glider configuration, Go 242. Some 200 planes were produced by the Gothaer Waggon Fabrik. This factory produced large bombers during WWI, and probably, it is best known for its advanced jet fighter plane: the Gotha Go 229 designed by the Horten brothers. Experts today claim that this aircraft was 40 years ahead of its time, being in fact a stealth plane!


 The kit comes in a nice box with a picture of a Go 242 on the ground and a Go 244 in the air on the lid. There is a small hologram, too, showing that the kit is a limited edition. There are five sprues in a light grey styrene and a clear sprue with canopy, windows and - a stand! The instructions is a single large folded sheet with eight pages. Page one has drawings of the two options of the kit: the glider and the transport plane. Besides there is a short history of the Go 242/244 in Italian and English. Page two shows the sprues with numbered parts. There is also some advice to follow during the construction – in Italian, English, French and German. Pages three to five show the assembly of both options illustrated by five exploded sketches. Page five also show the assembly of the Kubelwagen – a special military version of the Volkswagen. Pages six – eight show how to paint and decal the options of the kit.

The decal sheet has three options, the Go 244 is an aircraft of the TG 3 (Transport Geschwader 3), the third transport wing. The decals are easy to apply and the quality is first class. There are no swastikas with the decals. The size to be applied is a rather small one: 6 mm. On a You Tube video of the Go 244 there are episodes with the 4V + ES clearly showing the small size of the swastika. The only difficult item during the construction would be to make the opening of the rear fuselage workable.

The Special Edition kit was released in 2012, the reason for this was the 50 years anniversary of Italeri. The kit was exactly like the original kit released in 1974, with the exception that the decal sheet was without swastikas!


It is rather easy to assemble the model. The parts fit very well together and only very little filling and sanding is needed. The interior of the cockpit is sparse, however, there is what you can expect. The interior color is RLM 02 Grey. Before the fuselage halves are glued together, all of the windows were glued in place with clear varnish, nose weight was added, and the problem with a proper hinge for the opening of the rear fuselage must be solved. The plastic pins of the hinge are too weak, and might probably break after opening and closing the rear fuselage a couple of times. I replaced the plastic pins with some brass wire. The holes for the wire must be drilled very carefully and exactly in the position of the plastic pins. This operation was the most time consuming part of the construction, which otherwise was a piece of cake.

I chose to make the motorized Go 244. The Kubelwagen was an extra of the kit, and a good one, because when standing at the aircraft, it gives a good impression of the size of the Go 244. Some of the small parts are very fragile, the foot steps under the doors, and the mass balances of the ailerons. I had to change these parts with scratch built metal parts. The undercarriage is rather special. It does not look like anything I have seen before. The model needs some weight in the nose to avoid tail sitting. The instructions suggest 6 gram, however, I put 10 gram beneath the cockpit floor.


Before the painting, all windows were covered with Tamiya tape, and the canopy and the tail cone were masked. The color scheme is standard Luftwaffe: Undersides and sides of the fuselage and booms light blue, RLM 76 Model Master. Upper sides a camouflage pattern with two grey colors: RLM 74 and RLM 75, Model Master, too. There is a yellow band around the rear fuselage, RLM 04 yellow. The mottled effect on fuselage, boom and fin sides was made with a small piece of coarse foam, which was painted with RLM 75 and then pressed against the areas to be mottled. This trick worked very well, and only a few touch ups were necessary to make it look quite right. The Kubelwagen was painted with middle stone HB 225, and a mixture of HB 186 brown an HB 103 cream to make a light brown color.

The decals worked well, and the only problem was to get some suitable swastikas. However, a sheet with swastikas from Xtra Decals solved this problem. As mentioned: a small swastika should be applied, not a much larger one, as you might have expected, if you have done Luftwaffe models. The aircraft and the Kubelwagen finally got a layer of Satin Cote from HB to protect the decals and provide a nice finish to the models.


The Italaerei kit of the Go 242/244 is recommended warmly for all modelers, who fancy the Luftwaffe or simply twin-boomed aircraft. It is not a well-known type of aircraft, however, as the first of its kind – a twin-boomed transport plane –it makes up a very interesting model.


Wikipedia articles: Go 242 and Go 244. The Go 244 article has a rare color photo of this plane.

On You Tube, there are some relevant videos with the Go 244, original films from the Luftwaffe.

Torben Plesberg

2 November 2018


If you would like your product reviewed fairly and fairly quickly, please contact the editor or see other details in the Note to Contributors.

Back to the Main Page   Back to the Previews Index Page   Back to the Previews Index Page