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der Spatzfalke! The operational Ho-229

Heavens Eagle

Well-known member
Continuing on with my German aircraft builds, here is the back story.

Shortly after the start of WWII during the air battles for Britain, Das Fuhrer suffered a fatal heart attack while throwing an apoplexic fit over the poor results. With Hermann Goering now leading Germany and the Nazi party, the attack on Britain was paused and Germany closed the borders of all it's occupied lands from the world for a period of 6 months. During this time, Britain and the allies relaxed slightly as it appeared that with the death of Hitler the war was basically over before it began.

Little did they know that during this time Germany and it's territories were going through a massive revision. The experience with the failures in the air over Britain made Goering come to the conclusion that better aircraft and a much larger prepared force was going to be needed to invade England. He also became aware that Stalin was only biding his time before attacking Germany. Aircraft development was pushed to the limits to create better aircraft and other armaments and weapons were improved and added as well.

One of the things that was learned was that the early warning systems in Britain were using the new radar technology. With this in mind newer aircraft technology was brought to the forefront and developments came through with lightning rapidity. Engine and airframe development proceeded such that jet aircraft and large bomber type aircraft were actually in production and in use by late 1942 and early 1943. The early problems with the He 177 having engine fires and problems were solved such that that bomber became a mainstay with larger planes to follow.

As a side note, in late 1941 a late typhoon in the pacific almost completely destroyed a Japanese carrier task force that appeared to be heading for Hawaii. The US was maintaining her neutrality and continued to maintain it's isolation. With fears of how the axis powers kept growing their areas of control it was mid 1943 before the US considered entering the war to Roosevelt's great consternation.

Back to the problem of England and it's early warning radar. It became clear that to overcome the amount of warning time needed for the British to successfully engage invading aircraft, something new was going to be needed. Enter the Horton brothers and their flying wing design. With jet engine development proceeding at a high rate, the Horton designs were being developed along with the other jet fighters and bombers and became operational by early 1944. With the use of the new Ho-229 it was now possible to get a jump on the British and with some of the other new aircraft the British lost control of the skies over their home island.

This was not to last as the US had overcome her isolationism and entered the war. It was only for a short time that Germany was able to hold on to Britain. They had destroyed Moscow and most of the western Soviet Union, but the tenacious Russians, now with the help of the United States, fought back and started pushing Germany back. Germany and Japan both were finally defeated mainly due to constant undermining and attacks in the occupied areas by freedom fighters and the long range of the US B-36 bomber groups. Surrender by all the Axis powers came about shortly after single planes started appearing above their major cities which were then obliterated by gigantic fireballs from a new weapon.



Here is the place holder. This now makes 3 planes in the build loop. 3D_emoticon_136.gif

Heavens Eagle

Well-known member
I have several Z-M kits and this one just seemed to fit the bill on this. I could have done the Japanese Shin Den or I have 3 Do-335 kits 1 Z-M and 2 HK kits, but just decided that this one needed to be built. I have seen it built with all the wood panels showing and even done where it has the wings separated as the Smithsonian one is still. I want to do it as it would have ended up with paint worn through to the wood surface and dings and dents.

Assembled it has a respectable wingspan and should be a nice display piece once done.

Heavens Eagle

Well-known member
Just to let everyone know, it isn't forgotten, I am just enjoying the Bf-109 build which is going great right now. The box is setting right next to my computer as a constant reminder.