March 16, 2014
Hangar 47 takes a look in the box with previews of Special Hobby's Messerschmitt Me 264 Amerika Bomber, Revell-Germany's Arado Ar E 555, and Revell-Germany's Focke Wulf Fw 200C-4 Condor...
Designed specifically to bomb the United States from bases in Germany, Messerschmitt's Me 264 was plagued by competing German Air Ministry priorities from the start. The German war machine was overwhelmingly geared toward producing fighters and short range tactical attack aircraft, and never included a serious vision of a strategic bomber force. Germany splintered its production capacity among a multitude of aircraft types and experimental projects, never having sustained focus on an advanced, long range bomber. Coupled with the ongoing need for fighters to defend Germany against Allied bombers, which grew more intense over time, this helped seal the Amerika Bomber's fate. Special Hobby's Me 264 has engraved panel lines, resin detail parts for the cockpit, engines and wheel wells, and a vacuform greenhouse nose.
Still on the drawing boards when Nazi Germany surrendered in April 1945, the Arado E. 555 was an advanced, delta wing jet bomber design powered by six BMW turbojets, and is an impressive yet troubling example of the technology the Nazis were developing as the war ground to a close. Had the war dragged on, the E 555 would have been tasked with bombing New York and Washington, D.C., using conventional or (had Germany's heavy water experiments succeeded) nuclear weapons. It pioneered features such as remote-controlled gun turrets that were later standard on post-war jet bombers. The E 555 features a detailed cockpit with extensive glazing, detailed bomb bay, optional position bomb bay doors, optional position landing gear, and an option for an open cockpit hatch.
Originally designed as an airliner for Lufthansa in 1936 in response to the American DC-3 which rendered the Junkers Ju 52 transport all but obsolete, the Condor was soon pressed into service as a military transport and maritime reconnaissance bomber. In this latter role it worked in coordination with U-Boats in the North Atlantic, and for a time raised havoc with Allied convoys of supply ships to Britain. It was a Condor that carried German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop to Moscow to negotiate the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, ensuring the start of World War II. Revell-Germany's Fw 200C-4 has engraved panel lines, meticulously detailed wing surfaces, detailed cockpit and rear cabin, detailed radial engines, and options for open cockpit hatches and open engine cowlings.