Author Topic: 1/72 Weimar Republic Fisheries Hansa-Brandenburg W.29M  (Read 155 times)

Offline Brian da Basher

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1/72 Weimar Republic Fisheries Hansa-Brandenburg W.29M
« on: June 15, 2019, 02:41:40 AM »


After the moratorium on civil aviation was lifted by the Locarno Treaties, Germany was finally permitted to operate aircraft under government auspices for the first time since the Peace of Versailles.



The Weimar Republic sought to form air police units for various enforcement and surveillance duties and looked for suitable aircraft. The 'planes had to be unarmed and were restricted in horsepower to keep them from being used in an offensive manner, personal hygiene issues aside.



To this end, the Weimar Republic Fisheries Dept. (Weimar Republik Fischerei Büro) contracted the Hansa-Brandenburg concern to upgrade their famous war-time W.29 float plane for aerial enforcement duties.



The new patrol plane was powered by a 350 h.p. six cylinder Basse und Selve BuS.IX inline engine and featured an enclosed cockpit for the Flying Fisheries Enforcement Officer (pilot) and a turret for the Deputy Flying Fisheries Enforcement Officer (observer/radio operator) which protected them from the harsh North Sea conditions.



While the turret could be rotated manually, it was often just locked into position and the observer simply swiveled in his seat instead as he had no gun to train. The aircraft carried a radio with a trailing wire antenna for communication that allowed it to coordinate interdiction ops with ground bases and Weimar Fisheries cutters.



Since the aircraft's performance was hampered by treaty restrictions, production was limited accordingly and only 23 were ever built.



Designated W.29M (for modernisiert or modernized), the float planes would end up performing over 30 interdictions where an estimated 45 metric pounds of illegal catch was seized and it also participated in at least one life-saving rescue at sea over the course of its career.



These aircraft would go on to serve far longer than they should have and would not be replaced by more capable platforms until 1934. After the Nazis came to power, they tried to arm the Fisheries float planes but the increased weight penalty made it difficult to get airborne so this would not be attempted again, even for propaganda purposes. The type was finally retired when float-equipped Heinkel He-59s became available.



Nothing of this stalwart seaplane survives today and the only model ever made of it was destroyed by the ire of vengeful rivet-counters while on public display at the 2002 IPMS sub-sub-sub-sub regionals in Brandenberg, North Dakota.



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Re: 1/72 Weimar Republic Fisheries Hansa-Brandenburg W.29M
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2019, 03:18:36 AM »
This all started when a good friend (thanks a million, hamsterman!) sent me a 1/72 Toko Hansa-Brandenburg W.29. I've had a soft-spot for this incredibly modern W.W. I design since seeing a picture in a book from my grade-school library but I never had the opportunity to build one until now. Since mine was bagged, there's no box art to speak of but the sprues sure look every bit like a W.29.





As lovely as that molding is (and it's absolutely top-shelf), the decals are even better.





Now as impressive as these are, I had other plans for this build so I hoarded them away jealously.

The last decal sheet was another matter.



Isn't that lozenge gorgeous? I had my doubts it would work but I was determined to try and planned on painting a splinter scheme as back-up.



Right off the bat, I balked at building that engine just so the cylinders would show, so I covered it all up with sprue bits. Then I found the absolutely perfect piece of blister pack to serve as a turret. It fit in there like it was made for it.



I swapped out the kit floats for sleeker ones from an He-51 and added a cross member between the struts.



The last major bit of modernization was attaching a spare canopy I smash-formed eons ago which again looked like it was part of the kit.



I also added the exhaust pipe left over from an Eduard Albatross and a Fokker D.VII prop modified with a spinner.



Here's how it all looked after it was brush-painted by hand in acrylics, Model Masters Primer Gray and Semi-Gloss Black mostly. The canopy was tinted on the inside with Insignia Blue and the radiator grill was dry-brushed Jet Exhaust. The exhaust pipe was dry-brushed Flat Black on the end and given a rust-colored wash. The prop was painted Aluminum.



Two pieces of tape were used on the turret and canopy to keep things square, but the rest of the framing was done free-hand.



After this, it was time to tackle that lozenge.



I was stunned how well it went on despite the fact these decals must be at least 20 years old.



While I anticipated bringing out the heavy weapons (white glue thinned with warm water or gloss medium), no such tactics were necessary and I only needed a little extra water, a steady hand and bit of blotting to get the lozenge down.



Those rotated East German markings were another matter and they required paint touch-ups to fix shatters and cracks, especially the ones on top (ain't it always like that?).



The rudder tri-color was swiped from an after-market sheet for a 1/48 Seahawk and the Weimar Fisheries Dept. crest is a defaced squadron badge from a 1/72 Airfix F-86 Sabre.





After the decals were on, I added the trailing wire antenna which is actually a 1/350 scale sub part.



It took me about five days to put this all together from start to finish and I had a blast even if saving the markings was a bit of a trial.



Before I forget, here's the "money shot", U.S. penny for scale. Sorry, I was all out of pfennig.



I'd like to thank Bill for his kindness in sending me the cool kit and Mr Wombat for bravely moderating this group build as well as those of you playing along or just stopping by for a look.



I hope you enjoyed the Weimar Fisheries W.29M float plane and reading a little more forgotten aircraft history even if the so-called "experts" refuse to accept it and think it's all just one big fish story.



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« Last Edit: June 15, 2019, 04:39:48 AM by Brian da Basher »

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Re: 1/72 Weimar Republic Fisheries Hansa-Brandenburg W.29M
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2019, 04:28:38 AM »
Awesome, BdB! :smiley: ;D
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Re: 1/72 Weimar Republic Fisheries Hansa-Brandenburg W.29M
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2019, 05:14:34 AM »
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Re: 1/72 Weimar Republic Fisheries Hansa-Brandenburg W.29M
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2019, 05:39:35 AM »
I’d just like to know what metric pounds of fish are equivalent to....
Oh, and this is yet another brilliant build, BDB!

EDIT: just looked it up, I did not know metric pounds were a thing. Not just good at coming up with crazy ideas but knowledgeable as well, Mr. Da Basher.
« Last Edit: June 15, 2019, 05:42:21 AM by Some Duck with an Ultimax »
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Re: 1/72 Weimar Republic Fisheries Hansa-Brandenburg W.29M
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2019, 06:51:34 AM »
Nice one Brian, the lozenge camoflage really looks the part.

This is one of your builds that looks 'just right'

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Re: 1/72 Weimar Republic Fisheries Hansa-Brandenburg W.29M
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2019, 10:04:25 AM »
Yes,, does look "just right"
Less weight of armament should got around okay as powered.
Sturdy struts for ruff sea landing/takeoff.  Exhaust and canopies add character.

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Re: 1/72 Weimar Republic Fisheries Hansa-Brandenburg W.29M
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2019, 11:37:45 AM »
What the gentleman before me said.  That's a beautiful build and a most plausible backstory.

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Re: 1/72 Weimar Republic Fisheries Hansa-Brandenburg W.29M
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2019, 07:44:30 AM »
It does indeed! And those cockpit enclosures look very snug compared to most patrol aircraft of that era  :o
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Re: 1/72 Weimar Republic Fisheries Hansa-Brandenburg W.29M
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2019, 07:29:13 AM »
The W.29M had some wing area! With that tablecloth pattern on the wings, the pilots could have a nice picnic.

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Re: 1/72 Weimar Republic Fisheries Hansa-Brandenburg W.29M
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2019, 08:45:24 AM »
The W.29M had some wing area! With that tablecloth pattern on the wings, the pilots could have a nice picnic.
I can just see a pilot taking his gal up and then landing and taxi-ing to a nice secluded inlet where he can anchor to have a picnic with her.