- Model No 61100 - Requires glue and paint
- Scale 1/48
- Length 202mm Wingspan 297mm
- Milestone 100th Release
- 6 Figures including pilot
- Diorama pieces - Fuel drums and jerry cans
- Photo etched parts
- Adhesive masking sheet to help with painting
Tamiya's 100th kit in their 1/48 scale aircraft range and it's a beauty.
The Fieseler Fi156C Storch that was made famous as the plane used to rescue Mussolini. This Milestone edition kit comes generously packed with extras.
Along with photo-etched parts and 6 figures including the pilot, you also get fuel drums, jerry cans, multiple options for the canopy, belly tanks and winter ski option.
This kit not only allows you to build different versions of the Storch, it also allows you to create a diorama scene with figures and scenery. All you need is some glue and paint.
The Fieseler Storch was a small German liaison aircraft built by Fieseler before and during World War II. Production continued in other countries into the 1950s for the private market. It was notable for its excellent STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) performance and low stall speed of just 31 mph
In 1943, the Storch played a role in Operation Eiche, the rescue of deposed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from a boulder-strewn mountain-top near the Gran Sasso. Even though the mountain was surrounded by Italian troops, German commando Otto Skorzeny and 90 paratroopers used gliders to land on the peak and quickly captured it. However, the problem of how to get back off remained. A Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 helicopter was sent, but it broke down en route. Instead, pilot Heinrich Gerlach flew in a Storch. It landed in just 100 ft, and after Mussolini and Skorzeny boarded, it took off in 250 ft, even though the aircraft was overloaded.
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