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Re: Logan's Profiles - RAF Handley Page Panther - Falklands 1982
« Reply #495 on: December 11, 2013, 06:07:03 PM »
As always a nice story and Talos and you did a great job!

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Romanian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #496 on: December 13, 2013, 01:57:58 PM »
Thanks, Paul!  As always, click on the image below to see the picture at 100% or view it at my DeviantArt page.



In April of 1939, as a result of a European tour by Charles II, King of Romania, a wide range of modern military equipment, including aircraft, was acquired from France, the United Kingdom and, above all, Germany.  The Third Reich made every substantial effort to attract Romania, a country rich in oil and wheat, to its side by promising the preferred Messerschmitt Bf 109s for future delivery, and by offering twenty-four of the less advanced Heinkel He 112 in the interim.  The shapely Heinkel fighter was no mystery to the Aeronautica Regală Română (ARR, Royal Romanian Aeronautics) since a prototype had been extensively tested during late 1938 by pilots of the ARR's Escadrila de experiente (Experimental Squadron) based at Pipera-Bucharest airfield.

Unfortunately for Romania, the Heinkel He 100 had recently been selected by RLM for operational service and--as a result--the He 112 was no longer in production.  In a visit to the Heinkel plant, however, the Romanian delegation was allowed to test fly the Heinkel He 100 V8 prototype.  Understandably, they were smitten.  Unable to provide the promised He 112s, the RLM agreed to instead deliver the Bf 109s sooner.  Romania was no longer interested in the Bf 109, though, they only wanted the He 100.  This put Germany in a tough position.  The Heinkel He 100 was the fastest fighter in the world and the Luftwaffe didn't want to part with any of its newest fighters.  Despite the RLM's objections, the Reich Foreign Ministry pushed the sale of the He 100 through, in an effort to curry favor with the strategically important Romanians.  Aircraft originally intended for the Luftwaffe were diverted to meet the Romanian order.

A group of Romanian pilots soon arrived in Germany to begin their transition training on the new machine.  The Heinkel fighter represented a completely new aircraft type with unique handling techniques.  They were unprepared for flight in a high-speed, all metal monoplane, with retractable undercarriage and enclosed cockpit.  After completion of the training program at the Heinkel Flugzeugwerke, the first batch of Romanian pilots proudly boarded their new fighters returned home.  Immediately after their arrival, the Heinkels were promptly painted with Romanian Red-Yellow-Blue roundels and hasitly impressed into service.  In this way, the ARR high command attempted to upgrade the quality of Romania's fighter force, which left much to be desired.

A new fighter group was formed within the 1st Fighter Fleet, the front-line Romanian fighter force.  Grupul 5 vânătoare (5th Fighter Group), made up of Escadrila 51 and Escadrila 52 (51st and 52nd Squadrons), was re-equipped with the newly arrived He 100Ds.  The 5th Fighter Group's responsibility was the defense of the capital.  Using Nardi FN.305 monoplane trainers, the handful of assigned pilots began their transition from the old Polish-made PZL P.11 fighters to the new German aircraft.

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Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Romanian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #497 on: December 14, 2013, 03:15:28 AM »


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Re: Logan's Profiles - Romanian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #498 on: December 14, 2013, 04:34:24 PM »
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Romanian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #499 on: December 15, 2013, 02:35:05 AM »
How about some captured He100s?  Say one in RAF captured markings and one in Soviet...
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Romanian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #500 on: December 15, 2013, 02:42:57 AM »
I think there was a mention of later model He 100, at some point somewhere. Can we expect to see a He 100 E, F, G or H, later on?

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Romanian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #501 on: December 15, 2013, 04:15:52 AM »
Greg, this profile basically had RAF markings.  That should have fit the bill.

http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?action=post;msg=38376;topic=144.330



Captured Soviet and later RAF ones are eventually planned.  As for later He 100 variants, yes, at least an -F is planned with the DB605.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Romanian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #502 on: December 15, 2013, 04:27:55 AM »
Doh!!  Forgot that one. :-[
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Hungarian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #503 on: December 15, 2013, 02:10:10 PM »
As always, click on the image below to see the picture at 100% or view it at my DeviantArt page.



In June of 1938, a Hungarian "civilian" delegation visited the Heinkel Flugzeugwerke factory.  On this occasion, Örnagy (Major) Barkász and two other pilots were allowed to fly the He 112 V9.  It was during this visit that they first saw the He 100, though they were not permitted to fly it at this time.  The delegation formed a highly favorable impression of the He 112 and their reports prompted the Hungarian Hadügyminisztérium (Ministry of War Affairs) to place an order for thirty-six He 112Bs in late September of 1938.  At that time, however, there were no aircraft ready for delivery.  Japan and Spain were on the waiting list, and all aircraft were on back order.  All pleas for priority consideration by the Hungarians proved futile, the RLM would not approve the He 112s for quick delivery.  The Germans deliberately delayed the fulfillment of the order using it as political extortion against the Magyars and their rivals, the Romanians.  On 14 January 1939, Major Barkász pressed once more for the delivery of the thirty-six He 112s on order, but again his efforts proved futile.  In fact, the order was impossible to fill from the moment the order was placed.  The He 112 line was already shutting down, and Heinkel was switching over to production of the He 100 to meet Luftwaffe orders.  All extant orders for the He 112 would either be replaced by another type or left unfilled.  For the Hungarians, it would be a combination of the two, with an emphasis on the latter.

Another Hungarian delegation led by Major Barkász arrived at Heinkel works on 10 March 1939 to inquire about the status of their He 112 order.  They soon determined that it would never be completed as there we no longer any He 112s being produced, but they were permitted to test fly one of the He 100s at this time.  The Hadügyminisztérium requested their order of He 112s be switched for He 100s, but also realized that this order could be delayed indefinitely as well, so decided to inquire about license production of the He 100.  In May of 1939, the license documents were handed over to the Hungarians.  Only three He 100D-2s of the thirty-six ordered were delivered.  These fighters received the typical Hungarian camouflage scheme of Dark Green, Dark Brown, Terra Cotta uppersurfaces and over German Light Gray undersurfaces.  They were coded V.301, V.302, and V.303 (V for vadász, or fighter) and the forward pointed triangular chevron national marking was applied to the wings and tail.  All three Heinkels were assigned to the Repülö Kísérleti Intézet, where they participated in comparison tests against various aircraft in MKHL service.  They were evaluated against the new Reggiane Re-2000 Héja I, which was to become the standard fighter of the Hungarian air force during the early stages of the war.  The Commander-in-Chief of the MKHL, Ezredes (Colonel) László Háry, a veteran pilot of the First World War, recommended the Heinkel He 100 as the standard Hungarian fighter.

Note: The propeller is camouflaged.  No, seriously, the Hungarians actually applied the complex three-color camouflage to the propellers of two of the He 112s they actually operated.  Crazy.

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Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Hungarian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #504 on: December 15, 2013, 03:15:27 PM »
Love that camo Logan! Nice job! :)

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Hungarian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #505 on: December 16, 2013, 01:14:23 AM »
With that production licnese, particularly if it also includes license-rights to product the DB601, I could see the Hungarians beating the Italians in installing a DB601 in an Re.2000 airframe to develop an equivalent of the Re.2001 (not as good as the He.100, but likely to be more available).

Offline Logan Hartke

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Hungarian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #506 on: December 16, 2013, 02:36:19 PM »
Thanks, guys.  Elmayerle, that's possible, but I think if they'd had more DB601s, I think they'd have preferred to slap it on the He 112 or He 100 over the Reggianes.  That having been said, there will be more Hungarian He 100s.

I'm working on another USAAF P-61F, by the way.  It should be finished tomorrow, but I'll probably need another day to do the write-up/backstory.  So, plan for Wednesday on that one.  I have to say, one of the things that I love about profiling USAAF aircraft is no underwing roundel to profile!  Those things suck, honestly.  The USAAF doesn't mess with those under the left wing and I love them for that.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Hungarian Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #507 on: December 17, 2013, 03:08:14 AM »
Hmm, He112's with DB601's would be something a bit different.  Looking forward to seeing more P-61F's and He100's.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Northrop P-61F - "Putt Putt Maru" - Col. MacDonald
« Reply #508 on: December 17, 2013, 01:29:04 PM »
As always, click on the image below to see the picture at 100% or view it at my DeviantArt page.  I've also submitted this to the Asiarama GB over at the What If Forums.



Another Fifth Air Force ace to fly the P-61F long range escort fighter variant of the Black Widow was Col. Charles H. MacDonald, commanding officer of the 475th Fighter Group.  Each of ‘Mac' MacDonald’s assigned Lightnings were named PUTT PUTT MARU, and he continued this tradition when he converted to the P-61F.  The fifth PUTT PUTT MARU (P-61F-1-NO 43-14024) has Col. MacDonald’s 27 victory flags painted under the canopy.  This is what Col. MacDonald wrote about long-range combat operations in the Pacific after transitioning to the new P-61F Widows.

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Up to the present operation, our missions were averaging around seven hours of flying.  For these missions it is necessary for each pilot to know, unequivocally, the maximum performance of his aeroplane.  It is more important for a fighter pilot in the SWPA to know how to get the most distance and the most time from his gasoline than to know the minimum speed from which he can do an Immelman.  Of course, a good fighter pilot should know everything, far from the least of which is how to shoot.  Never fire long bursts.  This procedure not only wastes ammunition, but heats the guns to the point where the bullets lose speed and direction.  With the new aeroplanes our enemy is developing, and the psychological effect of fighting closer to his home land, I do not doubt that we will have to revise our opinions and our tactics.



Here's a detail shot of the nose art on this profile.  I have to admit, I am quite proud of how the markings on this aircraft turned out.  I had to do a lot custom work to get those to turn out alright, more than I expected.



I hope you all like it!

Cheers,

Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Northrop P-61F - "Putt Putt Maru" - Col. MacDonald
« Reply #509 on: December 17, 2013, 06:02:08 PM »
Of course I really like it. Very nice detail work!

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