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German Hannover CL.II Biplane Fighter - Fliegerersatz-Abteilung: Replacement Detachment (FEA), 1918

Wings of the Great War German Hannover CL.II Biplane Fighter - Fliegerersatz-Abteilung: Replacement Detachment (FEA), 1918




 
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Wings of the Great War WW11901 German Hannover CL.II Biplane Fighter - Fliegerersatz-Abteilung: Replacement Detachment (FEA), 1918 (1:72 Scale)

"The important thing in aeroplanes is that they shall be speedy."
- Baron Manfred Von Richthofen

The Hannover CL.II was an escort fighter, produced in Germany during World War I, designed in response to a 1917 requirement by the Idflieg for such a machine to protect reconnaissance aircraft over enemy territory. It was a compact biplane of largely conventional configuration with single-bay staggered wings of unequal span. The fuselage was a thin plywood paneled, wooden monocoque design, very similar to the style of fuselage in Robert Thelen's Albatros series of single-seat fighters. The main units of the fixed tailskid undercarriage were linked by a cross-axle, and the pilot and tail gunner sat in tandem, open cockpits, with the gunner's cockpit elevated above the line of the upper fuselage to afford him a greater field of fire. For the same purpose, the aircraft featured an unusually compact empennage, with a short fin integral with the rear fuselage structure and a biplane tail unit that allowed the rear gunner to have a larger field of aftwards fire when defending the aircraft. Smaller than the usual C-class reconnaissance aircraft, it was easy for enemy pilots to mistake it for a single-seat fighter; a mistake that would bring them into the line of fire of the rear-facing dorsal gunner when closing from astern.

The CL.II was also produced under licence by LFG, under the designation CL.IIa. The type was widely produced, and as the war continued, was increasingly employed as a ground attack machine, remaining in service in this role until the Armistice.

A copy of Hannover CL.II, named CWL SK-1 Słowik, was the first aircraft built in independent Poland, in CWL in Warsaw in 1919. It however crashed during a public flight on August 23, 1919 in Warsaw, due to faulty bracing wires, killing its constructor Karol Słowik.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a German Hannover CL.II biplane fighter. Pre-order! Ship Date: March 2018.

Dimensions:
Length: 4-inches
Wingspan: 6-1/2-inches

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Historical Account: "Forced to Take Wing" - Hannoversche Waggonfabrik AG was a German aircraft manufacturer of the World War I era. It was known as a railway rolling stock constructor until required by the German government in 1916 to start the construction of aeroplanes. The aircraft branch of the company was established at Hannover-Linden where other types were first manufactured under licence until 1916 when the Hannover type itself came on stream.

Features
  • Resin construction
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with pilot figure
  • Comes with fully articulated display stand
  • Each model comes with a custom-matching product description card that can be mounted on top of the base.

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