Review: Revell 1/72 Horten Go 229

This Luft ’46 aircraft is one of my all-time favorite subjects, there is something about the sleek wing shape and it’s supposed ‘stealth’ capabilities that captures my imagination. But I must admit that this one kit that seems cursed. I have two of these serving as shelve queens now because I did something wrong. The issues you will see in the pictures are mostly my own fault.

History

The Horten Go 229 was designed by the Horten brothers, two aircraft designers who started designing flying wings because these promised performance increases over the more traditional airframes. When Göring put out a request for a light bomber with a ‘3×1000’ requirement, meaning it should carry a 1000 ton bomb a 1000 kilometers at 1000 km/h the Horten brothers proposed their Ho 229 as their best answer to that request. So initially it was meant to be a light bomber, and by request of the RLM two 30 mm cannons were added to the aircraft, giving it the appearance of a (heavy) fighter. This kit however does not feature bomb bays or hard points for bombs, so it appears Revell has classed it as a fighter. Apart from the 3×1000 requirement and the flying wing design this aircraft had some unique features. After the design was handed over to the Gothaer Waggonfabrik for serial production the latter added a basic ejection seat to the design, along with modifications to make serial production easier. In the end only a hand full of prototypes were ever built and they ended up in the hands of the Allies.

The kit

This is an old kit, the original kit was released as the Horten IX back in 1994 and saw a re-release as the Go 229 in 2006 with new decals and paint schemes. It comes in the typical Revell side-opening box and we’re greeted with a bunch of sprues in a plastic bag.

Fearing the worst, I expected the normal Revell quality from this kit but was pleasantly surprised. All parts, even the fragile parts, were well molded and suffer from little to no flash. A little flash is found on the more intricate parts like the front gear leg.

Clear parts

The canopy is well molded but it’s a bit too thick, but considering it’s age it is good enough. The front window is tiny and is a little hard to mask because the

Decals and color schemes

The decals are of the regular Revell quality. They are printed by Cartograf of Italy and feature two sets of markings. Rote Dreizehn (Red Thirteen) or Blaue Vier (Blue Four), both of Jagdgeschwader 400 which was the first and only unit to fly the rocket powered Me 163 operationally. Red 13 has a grey-green camo scheme painted with RLM74, RLM75 and RLM76. Blue 4 uses RLM81, RLM82 and RLM76. Both schemes look decent but this is a Luft ’46 aircraft and newer saw service, so you might want to make up your own.

Conclusion

Due to some delicate parts this might not be the best ‘first kit’, but if you’re a beginner and are up for a slight challenge this kit will be perfect. For more experienced builders this might be a nice ‘in-between’ kit.

Score

8.5/10

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