BRONCO Plastic model kit for the construction of a German DFS230V-6 Light Assault Glider W / Deceleration rocket of WW II, in 1/72 scale.
Plastic kit from BRONCO, for the assembly of a German glider DFS230V-6 Light Assault Glider W/ Deceleration rocket of WW II, on 1/72 scale. Includes sprues with plastic parts, clear parts, assembly instructions, P.E. parts and decals.
In 1936, the German military proposed the idea of directly using gliders to transport combat troops for assault airborne, and then put forward the concept of "assault gliders". The German Glider Research Institute (Deutsche Forschungsanstaltfür Segelflug, hereinafter referred to as DFS) successfully developed three prototypes in 1937, which were immediately purchased in batches by the military (military project code DFS-230) and became the standard light assault glider of the German Air Force, the first The model is DFS-230A. This glider adopts a hybrid structure with high single wing and under-wing support. The rectangular fuselage adopts steel tube structure and linen cloth skin, which is low in cost and easy to produce.
The aircraft can accommodate 8 fully armed soldiers and 2 pilots. The aircraft can be towed into the air by a variety of different aircraft of the Luftwaffe, abandon the landing gear after lift-off, and use the skid below the centerline of the fuselage to land. DFS-230B is equipped with a deceleration parachute that can be used in the air and an MG-15 machine gun for self-defense and fire suppression on the ground. In order to shorten the landing distance as much as possible, the DFS test installed three reverse jet rockets produced by Rhienmetall-Borsig on the nose of the DFS230A-1, resulting in the DFS230C-1 short-range landing. Tests have shown that the reaction force generated by the rocket jet can make the aircraft land and stop stable within a distance of 16 meters. In addition, the smoke screen produced during rocket ejection can also provide effective cover for gliders and paratroopers after landing. A group of retro DFS 230C-1 gliders took part in the German rescue of Mosolini in the Grand Sasso Mountain in Italy in 1943. Later, DFS installed an improved retro rocket on a B-1 model, which was named "DFS230V6". The original plan was to develop another mass production model DFS230D-1 on the basis of this, but it finally failed.