V-1 Launch Ramp Set

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V-1 Launch Ramp Set

Postby CGD » Sat May 29, 2010 10:24

The biggest project (in terms of armour vehicles) and the most historical correct to date.
1:144 CGD WWII V-1 Launch Ramp
Available in Full Length set
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Starter kits and Extension sets
and a Fi 103 set.
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The ramp is a Walter Schlitzrohrschleuder design catapult (WR 2.3) launch ramp for V-1 buzz bomb, the world's first cruise missile. The ramp is usually made of six to eight modular sections with a length of 36 - 48m (118-158ft).

A piston was placed inside a circular tube and connected to the bottom of the V-1. A gas generator powered by combining T-stoff (hydrogen peroxide) and Z-stoff (sodium permanganate) generating gas to propel the piston with the V-1 similar to the modern aircraft carrier steam catapult.

An Anlassgerät starter device was used to "program" the bomb and start the pulse engine with compressed air before launch. Contradict to common believe, the V-1 pulse engine, also known as a resonant jet, could operate and sustain self combustion while the V-1 is still stationary on the ground. But the thrust obtained could not allow the V-1 to propel itself off the ground in such short distance without the help of the catapult.

The Fi 103, or commonly known as V-1 is usually launched from a ramp. During the development, piloted versions known as the Reichemberg series were also made. This piloted version were usually air launched from He-111s rather than launched from a ramp as wrongly depicted in the Movie "Operation Crossbow".
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Re: V-1 Launch Ramp Set

Postby CGD » Sat May 29, 2010 10:28

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Starter set with F-Toy V-1 (not included)
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Fi 103 Set
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Fi 103 F-1 and R-2 on trolleys
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Re: V-1 Launch Ramp Set

Postby Russ » Sat May 29, 2010 17:38

Am completely impressed in this project and product. I like the way it is broken up into sections in the manner of creating a mini-dio or a full size site, and providing the Reichenberg 2 place trainer piloted version, something not offered before anywhere. Kudos on a great idea! :geek:

Whats next? Suggestion, Wurzburg Radar. Tried to scratchbuild the antennas and it cannot be readily done, but a PE maker with resin parts for the cab could do it. Could be used in air or armor dios. 1/72 limited run kits have been done.

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Re: V-1 Launch Ramp Set

Postby RAILWAYGUN » Sat May 29, 2010 22:33

well I have built a rail-transported Wurzburg and other radars (N scale)

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Re: V-1 Launch Ramp Set

Postby CGD » Sun May 30, 2010 2:40

RAILWAYGUN wrote:well I have built a rail-transported Wurzburg and other radars (N scale)

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Want to convert it into 1:144? ;)
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Re: V-1 Launch Ramp Set

Postby Russ » Sun May 30, 2010 7:28

RAILWAYGUN wrote:well I have built a rail-transported Wurzburg and other radars (N scale)

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or here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/railwaygun/photos/album/591169406/pic/list

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Pretty slick , Nick ;) Sorry, it was there... :oops: That is interesting. Could you post pics of that and the others in the dioramas topic here? Would be very interesting to see. Would be great if you could detail how the antenna was made especially. It looks like fine wire formed over a sphere and soldered very carefully.

What is fascinating about a rail mounted antenna is not long distance portability, because tunnels and trestles are a real problem. But in a very old issue of Sky and Telescope magazine, since recycled, were pictures of a Dutch installation just like yours. The track was about 5km in length, and there were four Wurzburg-Riese cars like yours with a generator car paired. They were used in what was called a interferometer array , where the four were placed 1.33 km apart and connected with cables to electronically approximate a single steerable 5km wide dish. These were old surplused Luftwaffe systems used in the 1950's. Several amateur astronomy clubs put in a radio section based on one of these sets. Years later the US placed into operation a bigger version called the VLA or Very large Array which you would have seen in the sci-fiction film "contact".

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Re: V-1 Launch Ramp Set

Postby AntSizedMan » Mon May 31, 2010 20:15

Great looking set, going to be getting the V1's at least, then maybe a V2?
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Re: V-1 Launch Ramp Set

Postby bluedonkey99 » Mon May 31, 2010 21:05

Antsizedman

Matsuo Kasten do a resin set (availale direct, or via hlj - hint: go direct UK customs are less likely to intercept)
but, it is not for beginners!

of course, if you could convince CGD to reproduce..... the fuel truck would be useful for Komets and Luft'46

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Re: V-1 Launch Ramp Set

Postby bluedonkey99 » Mon May 31, 2010 21:09

As for Radar sets.
this has potential for "home brew" its 1/250 but should work for a lot of 1/144 scenarios, or you could be brave and scale to full 1/144 but it would then be too large for "historical acurracy for sure!"?
http://deepspace.jpl.nasa.gov/dsn/educ/model.html

or, for the more authentic approach!
http://www.144shop.com/product.php?id_product=27
http://www.144shop.com/product.php?id_product=26
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Re: V-1 Launch Ramp Set

Postby Russ » Mon May 31, 2010 22:00

Thanks, BD..have seen the Freya kit before, some very serious photoetch! The build of a flat bedstead type of antenna is straightforward, but a dish made of mesh is another matter. The DSN kit would be ok for modern types. There was a Wurzburg type used as the guidance set for V2 which is why I'm interested in that. Thinking of a dio with not just the V2 missile but the trailer, LOX tanker, command vehicle and of course the radar unit.

Also with the larger and smaller wurzburgs' and 88's and 105/120mm AA's some builders could start thinking of making builds of those 20th century castles- the flak-towers.

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