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Heinkel He 277 four engine bomber

Product Description
The kit features 33 resin parts, 20 white metal parts, comprehensive instructions, two tail options.
After it became apparent that the problems with the Heinkel He 177’s coupled powerplants could not be resolved, Heinkel put before the RLM a proposal for a new design powered by four separate engines. This suggestion was turned down as there was still a distinct antipathy in official circles towards heavy four-engined bombers. Ignoring this rejection, Heinkel went ahead with the conversion of a He 177 A-5 to four-engine layout without the knowledge of the RLM. But the machine so modified, which was known as the He 177 B, did not come up to the designer’s expectations in terms of either performance and handling. The increased torque of the four propellers caused instability about the vertical axis. To overcome this, various tail unit configurations were tested, from single to triple fins. In the end, a twin final arrangement was decided upon. In summer of 1943 the RLM agreed to Heinkel’s use of the designation He 277. The first prototype, known as He 277 V1, retained all major components of the He 177. It was fitted with DB 603 N engines with annular radiators. The second prototype, V2, was used for stability trails and some directional instability already experienced with the He 277 V1 resulted in the addition of small auxiliary fins to the tailplane. The He 277 V2’s armament comprised a new remotely-controlled Rheinmetall-Borsig “chin” barbette containing four 7.9 mm MG 81 machine guns. The He 277 V3 was similar to the V2, but after initial flight test , a new tail assembly with twin fins and rudders was fitted with highly satisfactory results. Despite this, and due the desperate situation of Germany at the end of the war, all the He 277 program was cancelled before the end of the WWII.
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