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Sunday, December 03, 2017 - 11:42 AM GMT+7
New German Helicopter Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri from MiniArt, at 1/35 scale.
By 1943, twenty-four Fl 282s were been built, with twenty used by the Kriegsmarine for convoy protection in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas. There were also 20 prototypes built in 1942.

With 185 parts including photoetch, this model can be used with 1/35 figures or vehicles for a quite original scene.
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I'm all for 1/35th "army liason" types (i.e. helicopters and pre-rotary wing liason types) and believe the place they belong is here in Armorama - if they're 1/35th, they're basically being marketed as diorama pieces, after all. I welcome the Kolibri, but I'd also like to see more stuff from pre-heilcopter days too. Yes, Hobbyboss has put out Tristar's nice Storch but, as with the original release, nobody's put out anything in the aftermarket to help spruce up the engine or cockpit, leaving that big glazed area rather empty. Same goes for Bronco's military Piper Cubs - nice enough kits, but they could really do with somebody like Eduard (who seem to specialize almost exclusively in aviation subjects these days) putting out a PE fret or two to enhance them. While I'd like to see other WWII helicopters as others have mentioned, it'd also be nice to see something like a Po-2 in 1/35th, plenty of diorama opportunities there, or a 1/35th Lysander. Getting back to the Kolibri - wonder if we'll see a boxing with the enclosed cockpit - Miniart seem to be good at getting maximum mileage out of their molds. Al
DEC 04, 2017 - 04:41 AM
Hi Al, This is quitek possible, looking at the kit numbers, the single seat is 41001, and the two seat is 41003... maybe 002 is the enclosed cockpit, but I know as much as you do. Still, a very welcome release. Kylie
DEC 04, 2017 - 05:02 AM
I am not a modern helicopter or aircraft fan and if this had been in an aircraft forum I would never have seen it. I will get this one though.
DEC 04, 2017 - 05:22 AM
Maybe you guys should step out of the box a bit and check out the Aeroscale Rotary Wing Forum. There are lots of great helicopters and related items for them there.
DEC 04, 2017 - 06:12 AM
Hi Al, This is quitek possible, looking at the kit numbers, the single seat is 41001, and the two seat is 41003... maybe 002 is the enclosed cockpit, but I know as much as you do. Still, a very welcome release. Kylie[/quote] Hi, Kylie, Where did you find 41002 and 41003?
DEC 04, 2017 - 06:56 AM
Hello Paul, That would be from MiniArt itself, as seen here... LINK And, LINK Scroll down to see the second iteration. Merry Christmas Kylie
DEC 04, 2017 - 07:01 AM
Just to add to the fun of categorising this welcome kit, a quick Google search reveals the Flettner/Kolibri 282 was a creature of the Kriegsmarine in the late 1930ís and used almost exclusively during WW2 as a rare naval reconnaissance aircraft, tethered on top of gun turrets...so maybe it belongs in a Shipping forum
DEC 04, 2017 - 11:37 AM
I like what I see and this would make a really cool addition to a Mediterranean dio. A 1/35th scale U-boat conning tower would be an interesting possibility as well.
DEC 05, 2017 - 10:43 AM
I've seen this kit at IPMS modelworld 2017 show at Telford UK and it is really good. I will definitely be buying one, as it is a welcome change from tanks, and a completely unexpected subject.
DEC 05, 2017 - 11:05 AM
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