If you’re eyeing the Squadron Models Haunebu II UFO like I do, hold on! Because apparently Revell is releasing a Haunebu as well this year. With a (expected) retail price of €49,95 (+/- 61 USD) it is going to be nearly half the price of Squadron Models offering. But I can’t find a lot of information on this new Revell kit, but I suspect it will be announced at the Spielwarenmesse in Nuremberg.
And if you don’t know what a Haunebu or Haunebu II is, it is a Flying Saucer developed by the Germans during WW2. If you’re not ready to dive into crazy conspiracy theories (of Nazi moonbase-levels) it’s better to stop reading now.
Still here? Good! Because this will be a fun ride into obscure conspiracy theories, Occultism, Bovine Feces and ‘Science’ Fiction.
During the war, Allied and German pilots sometimes reported seeing strange, fiery balls following their aircraft. These craft were nicknamed Foo Fighters and caused some to worry about unknown German secret weapons. After the war several people claimed to have information on or worked on top secret programs developing ‘Flying Saucers’. According to these people the Germans started developing these even before the war, that research ultimately resulted in a device called Die Glocke (The Bell), a Bell-shaped craft powered by some kind of anti-gravity drive. Some even say that Die Glocke was involved in the Kecksburg UFO Incident. And not just because the description of that craft closely matches that of Die Glocke. Czech engineers supposedly stole the designs from the German designer after the war and it was handed over to a higher power which developed the project even further.
But Die Glocke wasn’t the only flying machine developed by the Germans. Many people claim. Many project names have circulated in the years since the war: Rundflugzeug, Feuerball, Diskus, Haunebu, Hauneburg-Gerät, V7, Vril, Kugelblitz (not related to the self-propelled anti-aircraft gun of the same name), Andromeda-Gerät, Flugkreisel, Kugelwaffe, and Reichsflugscheibe.
And I’m going to stop here, because researching the subject made my head spin. All kinds of weird societies like the Vril- and Thule Society and the Reichsführer-SS (a certain former chicken farmer) are in one way or another linked to these stories. Most of it is steeped in occultism and esotericism. And if you want to know more, here are a few links:
NOTE: This is the Squadron Models kit. NOT the actual Revell kit!