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ROD-002 1/72 Gotha G.II, G.III German WW1 bomber model kit

Roden ROD-002 1/72 Gotha G.II, G.III German WW1 bomber model kit
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ROD-002 1/72 Gotha G.II, G.III German WW1 bomber model kit

Roden 1/72 Gotha G.II, G.III German WW1 bomber model kit. Pic.1
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In early 1915 the Gothaer Waggonfabrik AG bought licence to manufacture the Friedel-Ursinus Kampfflugzeug (Battle plane). New two-engined aircraft received the name Gotha G.I, eighteen of this type were built. Gotha G.I had many technical failures connected with lack of experience under projecting similar planes. But soon Gothaer Waggonfabrik found support of military command which had strategic plans to attack British Isles from the sky.
At the end of 1915, Idftieg ordered ten new bombers. Gotha's chief designer Hans Burkhard modified G.I now fuselage placed closely to the lower wing, center of gravity also changed. Two powerful Mercedes D.IV engines powered Gotha G.ll. Initially G.ll had eight-wheeled main undercarriage which reduced the danger of nose-over, but this innovation was not lead up completely and, finally, Gotha G.ll had usual four-wheeled undercarriage. The crew was three: a bombardier-gunner in the front turret, a pilot in a central cockpit and a gunner in the rear.
Main fuel tanks housed in the great streamlined closed engine nacelles. Special bomb tank inside of the fuselage could have fourteen 10-kg bombs. Serial production of G.ll started on April 1916, all ten bombers were built but only eight of them reached to Staffel 20 of Kampfgeshwader 4. Engines had many technical problems and G.ll was used operationally very short time. At the same time Hans Burkhard developed a new modification Gotha G.III.
Virtually identical to it's predecessor (apart from fin and rudder outlines), new more reliable Mercedes D.IVa engines powered aircraft. Useful load of the new plane increased on 225 kg. Meg ordered 25 G.lll aircrafts. Almost all built aircrafts were delivered to Kampfgeshwader 2. Gotha G.lll reached to the front on autumn 1916. Since October 1916 Kasta 20 operated in the Balkan front and used this type. The combat service of G.lll was very limited but they accomplished some important missions like destruction of the railway bridge over Donau at Chernavoda and this was serious problem for Romanian troops with their reinforcements. On September 1917 all survived Gotha G.ll and G.lll were retired from combat units and delivered to the training units.
Gotha G.ll, G.lll - earty modifications of the famous German WWI bomber. Serial production began on April 1916. Until the March 1917 ten G.ll a 25 aircrafts of G.lll types were built. In spite of technical failures combat service of the G.ll and G.lll was very limited, on Autumn 1917 more modern Gotha G.IV replaced it

Performances Gotha G.II (G.III)
Upper wing span - 23,70 m
Length - 12,22 m
Take-off weight - 3192 (3618) kg
Maximum speed - 148 (140) km/h
Engines - Mercedes D.IV (D.IVa)
Power - 2x220 (2x260) h.p
Bombs - up to 300 (500) kg
Guns - 2x Parabellum LMG 14
Crew - 3 pers