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Super Wing Series No.8
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
OVERVIEW
 
 
NAME : 
HORTON Ho 229 - SUPER WING SERIES No.8
SCALE : 
1/32
MANUFACTURER : 
SWS - SUPER WINGS SERIES (SOUKEI-MURA INC)
KIT No : 
08
RETAIL PRICE : 
$152.00 USD
DESCRIPTION : 
World War Two Era German Flying Wing Fighter Project
MEDIA : 
Injected Clear & Light Gray Styrene
KIT CONTENTS : 
(234 parts) on 11 x Light Gray sprues, (48 parts) on 8 x Clear Injected sprues, 1 x Canopy Mask Set, 1 x decal sheet, and Illustrated Instructions
FINISH KIT MEASURES : 
Wingspan: 20-5/8 in (527mm) x Length: 9-9/16 in (248mm)
NOTES : 
Recess panel lines; Detail cockpit & Landing gears; Detail Jumo 004 Jet Engines; Detailed Tubular airframe; Mk.103 Cannons w/ Ammunition Boxes; Wing Fuel Cells; Flight Control Linkages; Positionable Canopy; Positionable Drag Rudders, Elevons, Flaps, & Speed Brakes; Multi-part clear canopy, illustrated assembly guide, and Decals for 2 Fictional aircrafts:
 
      - Ho 229A-0, w/ Reich's Defense bands for JG 301
 
      - Ho 229A-0, White 14, unidentified Reich's defense band
 
 

 

If you are a large scale modeler and an enthusiast of the secret weapons of the Luftwaffe or just part of the 1946 “what If” crowd, the last few years have been very exciting times. Releases like the 1/32 J7W1 Shinden by Super Wing Series (SWS), 1/32 Gloster Meteor F.4 by HK Models, the 1/32 Messerschmitt Me.163 by Meng, just to mention a few, are interesting introductions to the large scale plane collection. Now comes a new release of the much anticipated 1/32 Horton Ho 229 by Zoukei-Mura (SWS). It promises to be a very challenging yet very rewarding build of one of the most exotic and intriguing aircraft to come out of World War II.

The Ho 229 was an aircraft unlike anything else designed and built up to that time. This aircraft consisted of an all wing design with no vertical surfaces or tail. Buried into its structure would be two turbo jet engines with a cockpit nestled in between them, in the front-center section of the aircraft. With its landing gears retracting into the main body, this design had a very clean aerodynamic advantage over traditional aircrafts of its time.

The new Zoukei-Mura’s Ho 229 kit is the first ever injection plastic model of this aircraft. This kit consists of 289 number of parts molded in gray and clear plastic. It also includes Instructions, canopy mask, and a good set of decals.

Here are some of the highlights of the Zoukei-Mura’s Ho 229 kit:

 • Two detailed Jumo 004 turbojet engines (including 8-stage compressor fan

assembly)

 • Optional engine display stand

 • Detailed tubular airframe

 • Detailed Mk 103 cannons with ammo boxes with feed & exit chute

 • Detailed internal wing structure

 • Detailed flight control linkages

 • Detailed cockpit (w/ choice of clear or solid instrument panels)

 • Canopy may be position open or closed

 • Detailed landing gears

 • Complete set of wing fuel cells with fuel lines

 • Removable outer wing sections

 • All control surfaces are molded separately and may be attached in the up or down

positions

 • Drag chute bay with optional stowed parachute

 • Complete canopy mask set

 • Color profiles and markings are included for two aircraft:

- Ho 229A-0 wearing Reich's Defense bands for JG 301

- Ho 229A-0, White 14, unidentified Reich's defense band

- Optional – Extra white, yellow and red tactical numbers for customization

 • Detailed and informative instruction manual

Zoukei-mura promises this build to be an "adventurous journey" of sorts. I have been working on this kit, on and off, for three months. Some assemblies are complicated but the instructions seem to go out of their way to show and explain, in detail, on how to assemble it. Also, the added information on different components, peppered throughout the instructions, is a nice touch. Though this kit is challenging, it is also rewarding. I would definitely recommend this kit.

There is also supplementing material available from Zoukei-mura - Concept Notes SWS No.7 Ho 229, that you can purchase separately.

Zoukei-mura promises this build to be an "adventurous journey" of sorts. I have been working on this kit, on and off, for three months. Some assemblies are complicated but the instructions seem to go out of their way to show and explain, in detail, on how to assemble it. Also, the added information on different components, peppered throughout the instructions, is a nice touch. Though this kit is challenging, it is also rewarding. I would definitely recommend it.

After Market Details available for Zoukei-Mura’s Ho 229 are:

 • Zoukei-mura - Concept Notes SWS No.VII Ho 229; 112 pages, color, Japanese &

    English text

 • SWS08-D01 - Ho 229 Wood Grain Decal Set

 • SWS08-F01 - Ho 229 Pilot Figure

 • SWS08-F02 - Ho 229 Ground Crew Set

 • SWS08-F03 - Ho 229 Flight Assistant Set

 • SWS08-F04 - Ho 229 Sortie Preparation Set

 • SWS08-M01 - Ho 229 Metal Struts

 • SWS08-M02 - Ho 229 Weighted Tires

 • SWS08-M03 - Ho 229 Turned Metal Machine Gun and Pilot Tube Set

 • SWS08-M04 - Ho 229 Photo-Etched Parts Interior and Air Brake Set

 
     
     
 
 
     

 

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