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Horton Ho 229

by Francisco Carlos Soldán Alfaro

Horton Ho 229


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In the mid 1930s, the Horten brothers initiated a series of studies on airplanes that lacked tail unit (empennage). These studies included from gliders to designs of fighters.

At the end of 1940, the RLM sent a requirement to which the brothers replied with the model Horten IX. The RLM gave their approval to the design and began the phase of preproduction and testing making the Horten IX V1, like glider to prove the flight characteristics, and the V2 motorized with two Jumo 004B. Unfortunately, this model crashed with test pilot Erwin Ziller at the controls.

At the end of the war, the allies opportunely found several incomplete aircraft and several in process of construction of this wonderful fighter. The Ho 229 fighter had advanced beyond conception.


Revell's 1/72 Scale Ho 229

Astonished by this machine, I decided to construct the magnificent Revell kit in 1/72 scale, but still trying to show the complex internal structure despite the small scale. The construction of Horten IX was the work of Gothaer Wagonfabrik, specialist in constructing gliders with tubular internal structure.



The Horten IX really was no more than a maze of welded plywood tubes, covered with a variety of materials.

In order to simulate this I decided to mount kit with a disassembled wing, and to reconstruct the Juno 004 motor on the port side from scratch. On the other side, the disassembled wing would exhibit "battle" damages.



The majority of the work was to reconstruct the mid-fuselage with scrap plastic and Evergreen. For the cockpit I used the magnificent the Eduard photo-etched set. In the separated wing I simulated the internal structure and the fuel tank. I built the Jumo 004 from scratch with sections of plastic and cable.



Painting and Markings

I chose, as always, an operational painting scheme.

I painted the upper surfaces in RLM 82 with irregular spots in speckled RLM 81 and in 02. In order to simulate heavy weathering, I applied layers of heavily thinned paint with the airbrush and, later, washed the surface with oils.



The lower surfaces were painted in numerous shades of RLM 76.

All the interiors are in RLM 02. The RV (ReichVerteidigung) band was painted with the assistance of self-adhesive masks.

To simulate scorching and the loosening of paint, with an X-Acto blade was scraped carefully and selectively along the rear fuselage surfaces.



The pitot tube was made using sections of hypodermic needles. The anti-aircraft damage to the wings was depicted by thinning the plastic with a minidrill and making some holes. The destroyed internal structure I simulated it with Evergreen deformed with liquid plastic. The hydraulic oils and the smoke of the deflagrations were made with mixture of effects with airbrush and oils.



The Setting

I painted the wooden planks in different tones of brown and grey.



The can and the human figure were added to give an idea of the scale.

I hope that you enjoy my Horten Flying Wing!



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Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2003 by Francisco Carlos Soldán Alfaro
Page Created 17 June, 2003
Last Updated 17 March, 2004

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