Next up: one of Hitlers Vergeltungswaffen, the V-2 Rocket. Also known as Aggregat 4 (which was its official designation) it was the second of his Retribution weapons, the first being the the Fieseler Fi 103, also known as the V-1 or ‘Doodlebug’. Designed by Dr. Wernher von Braun and his team at the Peenemünde research station it was the worlds first guided ballistic missile. Armed with a warhead of 738 kilograms of Amatol and a range of up to 450 kilometers it could reach London from France and the Netherlands, during which it could reach heights of 93 Kilometers.
Most of the V2 were launched at London and later when Antwerp was liberated Antwerp became the target of the majority of V2s. A number of V2s also hit places in The Netherlands, France and even Remagen, Germany. When the first V2 started falling on the UK the UK authorities initial reaction was to keep it a secret and blame the large explosions on exploding gas pipes. This lead to the nickname of ‘Flying Gas Pipes’. Later the authorities decided to take on a new approach and report the locations of V-2 impacts in the wrong locations publicly on radio and in newspapers, knowing that the Germans could and would listen in to BBC broadcasts. This caused the Germans to adjust their aim, making the V-2 miss their targets all together.
First lets get the Elephant out of the room first: This is another kit made by CMK Kits and not a Revell production, but Revell seems to do this more and more. I’m not complaining though, as Revell has a larger distribution network so we’ll actually see those kits in our Local Hobby Shops.
But with the elephant out of the way let’s continue with the kit. The kit comes in the usual Side-Opening Box and features a set of two V-2 being launched from a forest or park, which at least is accurate enough, although I doubt the Germans launched two V-2s in such close proximity to each other, it would make for quite a bang if something went wrong (which it often did). Inside we find a surprising amount of parts, 50 in total. But most of these parts are for the stand and cart used to launch the V-2. The rocket itself consists of two halves, and a number of parts for the rocket engine and fins. All parts are excellently detailed with no flash whatsoever. The launchpad and little cart used to tow the launchpad also are really well detailed with a lot of delicate parts. Based on pictures I found online I can’t find any obvious flaws in either. They do need a lot of care when cutting them from the sprue and during assembly and painting.
Decals and color options
This kit comes with a small decal sheet which is as usual printed in Italy (i.e. by Cartograf) so no complaints here. In terms of color options you have four:
- 1942, Prototype, Black and White
- Summer 1943, camouflage, Bronze green, Khaki Brown, Sand
- 1944, camouflage, Bronze Green, Khaki Brown, Sand
- 1945, Bronze Green
My only complaint here is that there are no schemes from after the war included, as te V-2 was produced and used by the British, Soviets and Americans for testing purposes. And the website http://www.v2rocket.com/start/makeup/makeup.html has a drawing of the latest camo scheme based on the official manual and it describes the other color schemes as well.
This looks like a relatively simple kit, but Revells rating system is on point this time. Rated at Level 4 it’s not for the absolute beginner, with a relatively high number of parts (I remember looking at the box and thinking “Really? 46 parts?!”. All the parts are however really well done, the launchpad and trailer aren’t a afterthought but really add something to the kit. And best of all: Revell is rumored to release a companion kit with support vehicles for this kit!
|Number of sprues||2|
|Number of parts||46|
|Dimensions (L)||215 mm|