Czech Master Resin's 1/72
DFS G.27 Kranich
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The prototype Kranich was designed at DFS by Hans
Jacobs in 1935, and was an enlarged and developed version of his record
breaking single seat Rhönsperber. The Kranich was produced from 1935
until the late 1950's. It set world and various national two-seater
records over a 20 period.
Before WW2 the NAZI Government decided that gliding should be one of the
main methods of training military pilots. The Kranich was chosen to be
the standard high performance training two-seater; enabling dual
instruction could be given in almost every aspect of flying, including
blind flying and the use of oxygen and radio. Many hundreds of Kranichs
were built in Germany before 1939, and during the war they continued to
be made in Germany, Sweden, Spain and Czechoslovakia. After 1945 they
were made in Poland, Yugoslavia and Spain.
The Czech Master Resin (CMR) kit is was my fourth
resin kit and proved to be extremely simple to build.
The cockpit interior includes seats with harnesses,
control columns, instrument panels and the roll-over structure between
the seats and this is plenty for the model’s size. The canopy is
deceptively small, but fortunately like all CMR kits you get two
enabling you to practice fit with one before using the second if
required. The kit provides a choice of pitots, landing skids and also a
set of wheels used by the original for take-off.
I thought fitting the wings would be troublesome, but this was not the
case at all. In fact I think my use of some metal rod in the wing roots
was probably unnecessary. The model has proved to be very strong, and
holding it by the wing-tips carries no risks at all for such a long and
slender wing. The trickiest part was fitting the clear resin sections
that represent the instructors viewing panels in the wings, and this
wasn’t all that challenging anyway.
Decals for a choice of NS Fliegerkorps machines are provided, and they
proved to be excellent; needing no set or solvent solutions. There is a
wide choice of schemes available because the Kranich has been so widely
There are some very colourful civilian schemes that
are easy to find on the internet. I used the kit markings because it
represented the early use of this very successful design.
As it happens my first flight ever as a 10-year old
in the 1960’s was with my uncle in a tandem glider. I don’t know what
type it was, but I recall it was red and very similar to the Kranich in
appearance. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed building this kit, and am
pleased to have an unusual subject in my modelling cabinet. I will
definitely be building some more of CMR’s range of glider subjects, and
highly recommend this as a first kit for people new to resin building.
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2006 by Mark Davies
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