Fiesler Fi 103 A-3 (V1)
Fiesler Fi 103 A-3 (V 1)
scale Fiesler Fi 103 is available online from Squadron.com
Here is Tamiya`s 1/48 scale Fieseler Fi 103 A-3 (V 1).
The V 1 could be described as the first “cruise missile” in
history. It was first launched in combat on 13 June 1944 against London. The
aircraft crashed down into Grove Road and killed 6 people. Over the next 24
hours another 393 “Flying Bombs” were launched from France against London. The
campaign ended on 29 March1945. A total of approximately 10,500 missiles were
Dimensions - Length: 7,90 m ;
Wingspan: 5,30 m ; Weight: 2180 kg
Performance - Speed: max. 650
km/h / march 580 km/h in 900m altitude
Payload - Warhead: 850 kg
Powerplant - Argus AS 014
Pulso-Schubrohr with max. 335 kp
The first tests with the Argus AS 014 pulse-jet engine started
on 30 April 1941. Following initial tests, the V 1 was developed and
manufactured in the secret rocket base at Peenemünde.
The kit comprises only a few parts for the Fi 103 and for the
trolley. However, the small number of parts are excellent in quality. Because of
the short time required for construction, I would call it a perfect “weekend
I built the Fi 103 straight out of the box without any
after-market additions. The trolley was slightly enhanced (handgrips / rods)
with some Evergreen sheets using a photograph for reference.
I used Gunze acrylics, RLM 76/81/82 for the Fi 103 and RLM 66
for the trolley.
I sprayed a base of Gunze gloss after painting the Fi 103 and
applied the decals. They had a fine thin carrier film and conformed well to the
surface. After that the panel lines were coloured with a thinned wash of black
The trolley was first painted with a base coat of polished
aluminium from Humbrol. After painting in RLM 66 I scratched off the top coat
with a sharp blade to give it a used look. Some rust and dirt was added with
Finally everything was sealed with Gunze flat.
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Article Copyright © 2002 by Frank Pipek
Page Created 01 April, 2002
Last updated 04 June, 2007
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