ANT-54

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RA 55 ( X 19 R4M) Weapon Container, 1/48 scale

Product Description
The set comprises parts for 2 drum containers with 19 R4M "Orkan" air-to-air missiles, 2X ETC 503 A-1 “Wikingerschiff” fuselage racks, 4 ( four) vacuformed domes ( two spare), instructions.
When the big formations of the Allied bombers started to be escorted by fighters in their incursions over German Reich, the Luftwaffe interceptors, equipped with heavy guns to destroy bombers, were not agile enough to elude the Allied fighters. Additionally, the standard Mk 108 heavy gun did not have enough range to shoot from outside the defensive firing barrier of the B-17 and B-24 “boxes” (formations) and its 30 mm ammunition did not possess the required destructive power to dismantle a bomber with a single impact. More powerful weapons were tested for being fitted to the German fighters, as the Mauser Mk 214 B cannon, a huge gun of 55mm of caliber, but it was not used in the practice. Thus, the use of progressively more powerful guns onboard the Luftwaffe airplanes in 1944 reached the limits of design making the need for a practical air-to-air rocket urgent. The final result of several tests was a rocket with a diameter of 55 mm with eight spring-out fins and AzRz2 impact fuse. It was nicknamed “Orkan”, with the official designation R4M (Rakete-4 Kilos Minenkopf/Minengeschoss). The new rocket had a range of 1500 mts. It was used with great success, since 10,000 units were used in combat achieving the destruction of around 500 enemy planes. The Me 262 was fitted with two launchers of 12 rails under its wings, each known as “Abschussrosten”. A drum container named RA 55 was manufactured by LGW/Gleiwitz, and it could hold 19 R4M rockets in round tubes. Its dimensions were calculated to operate with ETC 503 A-1 “Wikingerschiff” bomb racks of the Me 262 A-1a and A-2a. To reduce the aerodynamic drag the rocket containers had a frangible plastic dome at its forward end. On the rear area it had a plastic cone.
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