fredag 27. desember 2013

Henschel Hs 129 (AC006)

Henschel Hs 129 (AC006)

Henschel Hs 129 (AC006)
Henschel Hs 129 (AC006)

Following its involvement in the Spanish Civil War, the Luftwaffe, or German Air Force, decided that it needed a purpose-built close ground-attack aircraft. 
Henschel Hs 129 (AC006)
A Henschel design eventually won the contract and the Hs 129 ‘Panzerknacker’ (or, ‘Tank Buster’) entered service in December 1941.
The first variants of the Hs 129 proved to be underpowered. After the fall of France, German engineers fitted a pair of French Gnome-Rhône 14M radial engines and the Hs 129 Panzerknacker began its stunning military service career.
With these engines, the Hs 129B2 was equipped with two 7.92mm machine-guns and two 20mm cannon in nose. Another version replaced the 3cm cannon pod with an array of four additional 7.62mm machine guns, for a total of six machine-guns and two 20mm cannons.
By 1944, it was apparent that the 3.7cm cannon was too old for tank-busting duty, and the Hs 129B3 received a massive firepower upgrade. The 3.7cm cannon pod was replaced with the 7.5cm gun from a Panzer IV! 
Henschel Hs 129 (AC006)
Henschel Hs 129 (AC006)
Henschel Hs 129 (AC006)The 7.5cm gun was fed by an auto-loader system with initially twelve rounds, which was later expanded to 26 rounds. The cannon was fed from an ammunition bin behind the cockpit. A sophisticated hydraulic system absorbed the massive recoil of the gun. 
Despite this, however, the cannon would slow the aircraft down to dangerous stall speeds after firing more than three rounds! 
With the new gun, the Panzerknacker could destroy any armoured vehicle in the field!
Henschel Hs 129 (AC006)
Henschel Hs 129 (AC006)Origin: Henschel Flugwerke AG
Crew: One
First flight: Early 1939
Service delivery: December 1941
Number produced: 841 B-Series (879 total)
Engines: Two 14-cylinder Gnome-Rhône 14M 04/05
Horsepower: 690 hp per engine
Wing span: 46 ft 7 in (14.2m)
Length: 31 ft 11¾ in (9.75m)
Height: 10 ft 8 in (3.25m)
Wing surface area: 312 sq ft (29 m²)
Empty: 8,940 lb (4060 kg)
Loaded: 11,265 lb (5110 kg)
Henschel Hs 129 (AC006)
Henschel Hs 129 (AC006)Performance:
Maximum speed: 253 mph (408 km/h)
Initial climb: 1,390 ft/min (425 m/min)
Service ceiling: 29,530 ft (9000m)
Range: 547 miles (880km)
Henschel Hs 129 (AC006)
Hs 129 B1/R4
551 lb of bombs, 2x 7.92mm Machine-guns, 2x 20mm cannons.

Hs 129 B2/R2 Gun Pod
2x 13mm Machine-guns,
2x 20mm cannons,
3cm MK 101 gun.

Hs 129 B2/R3 Gun Pod
2x 13mm Machine-guns,
2x 20mm cannons,
3.7cm BK 3.7 gun.
Hs 129 B3 Gun Pod
2x 13mm Machine-guns,
2x 20mm cannons,
7.5cm BK 7.5 gun.

Box includes:
• 1x Hs 129 aircraft• Weapons variants to model the Hs 129B or Hs 129B3• 1x Flying stands• 1x Decal sheet with German Markings
Painted by Jeremy Painter 
Henschel Hs 129 (AC006)
Henschel Hs 129 (AC006)
Henschel Hs 129 (AC006)

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