This plane is UNPAINTED and UNASSEMBLED.
This model is a 15 parts model, containing one fuselage, one nose cone, one tail section, a pair of wings, one cockpit interior, one closed door, one opened door, one seating platform, a pair of rear undercarriage, one nose wheel, one sled, and two pilot figures.
The fuselage and wings are available in three versions:
The basic version is for painting with no specific markings. Customer will require to purchase their own decals or paint on their own desired markings.
The Etched British version has standard British markings outlines etched into the model. Customer can use the outlines as a guide for painting the markings.
The Etched US version has standard US markings outlines etched into the model. Customer can use the outlines as a guide for painting the markings.
This model is made with ABS-L using 3D printing.
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Being 3D printed, the model has the usual 3D printing artifact such as steppings. ABS-L is very easy to sand or polish. Such artifacts can be easily removed by filing or sanding.
Assembling instructions can be downloaded here:
This model provides options for building variations to fit different wargame or diorama scenarios.
*Can be assembled with or with out pilots:
*Nose assembly can be separated:
*Fuselage side door can be assembled as closed or opened to form a boarding ramp with optional parts (Due to technical issue, this model although featured a separated nose, did not provide an opening on the fuselage immediately behind the nose.):
*Seating platform can be separated. The assembled model is tail heavy. Weights will be required to hold the nose wheel down. The seating platform is a convenient way to slide in some weights:
*Tail section can be separated to allow quick off loading of troop or equipment as in the real plane:
After seeing the success of German glider landings during the early stage of WWII, The British Air Ministry issued a specification for a glider to the company Airspeed. The horsa was developed. Mark I has a port side door-ramp and could carry 28 fully armed soldiers. Mark II the improved version had a hinged nose for direct loading of vehicles and guns. Tail section can also dropped off after landing for quick exit of troops and equipment.
The Horsa was first used in an unsuccessful attack on German Heavy Water Plant at Rjukan, Norway in November 1942. Its major use started from the invasion of Sicily in July 1943, followed by D-Day, invasion of Southern France, Arnhem in 1944 and in the Rhine Crossing in March 1945.