BRONCO Plastic model kit for the construction of a German Rheinmetall Long-Range Rocket ‘Rheinbote’ rocket launcher of WW II, in 1/35 scale
Plastic kit from BRONCO, for the asembly of a German Rheinmetall Long-Range Rocket ‘Rheinbote’ (Rh.Z.61/9) of WW II, on 1/35 scale. Includes sprues with plastic parts, clear parts, assembly instructions and decals.
At the end of the 1930s, the Rheinmetall-Borsig Arms Company had accumulated considerable experience in the use of solid fuel rockets for military short-range bombing missions. The German army proposed to the company to design a solid fuel missile backup in case the V1 or V2 design and construction plan failed. In May 1942, Rheinmetall-Bossinger had planned a multi-stage solid fuel rocket, carrying a 1,225 kg warhead with a larger range of 241 kilometers. Although a production contract was signed, it was soon discovered that the missile development cycle was very long, so attention was shifted to a smaller rocket that could be put into combat faster. Rh.Z.61/9 became the final selected model, known as "Rheinmetall". This is a four-stage unguided tail-stabilized rocket. The projectile weighs 1,715 kilograms. Because it does not have a guidance system, it cannot accurately project its 40 kilogram warhead to the target. Although the Wehrmacht had strong reservations about the practicality of the design, the SS believed that the rocket had great potential to destroy Allied goals and issued a production order to the "Rhine Envoy" in November 1944.