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ROD-021 1/72 Heinkel He-111A German WW2 bomber (Chinese Air Force variant) model kit

Roden ROD-021 1/72 Heinkel He-111A German WW2 bomber (Chinese Air Force variant) model kit
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ROD-021 1/72 Heinkel He-111A German WW2 bomber (Chinese Air Force variant) model kit

Roden 1/72 Heinkel He-111A German WW2 bomber (Chinese Air Force variant) model kit. Pic.1
Roden 1/72 Heinkel He-111A German WW2 bomber (Chinese Air Force variant) model kit. Pic.1

Roden 1/72 Heinkel He-111A German WW2 bomber (Chinese Air Force variant) model kit. Pic.2
Roden 1/72 Heinkel He-111A German WW2 bomber (Chinese Air Force variant) model kit. Pic.2

Heinkel 111 came to WWII aviation history as one of the best medium-range bomber. But born of future great plane accompanied with big problems and combat service of the first-built planes was very short.
Just after Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of the Third Reich process of breaking of the Versailles Treaty began. But Germany couldn't throw challenge to Britain and France and conception of Bomber aviation creating consist from building transport planes which could be converted to bombers when war started.
On February, 24 1935 first flight of the new plane took place. Flying performances was satisfied and plane returned to factory for improves. Reichsluftahrtministerium at the end of 1935 ordered pre-production batch from 10 aircrafts, which received official name He-111 A. Unlike prototype, He-111A was more heavily (on 520 kg) and cruising speed reduced to 168 mph (270 km/h). New plane admitted unsuitable for Luftwaffe.
This decision was unexpected for Heinkel, who had already initiated the flight testing of much powerful prototype He-111V5.
But in same time Chinese military purchasing commission was in Germany. During China-Japanese boarding conflict they had mandate from Chiang Kai-shek government obtain any bombers.
Soon six He-111A with deleted bomb sights and radio equipment were disassembled and shipped to China by see. At the end of 1936 all six new bombers joined to Chinese air forces.
They were first operationally used in attack against Japanese army near Shanghai, being flown with Martin 139 and Boeing 281 escort planes. Five of the six He-111A participated in this mission but inexperienced Chinese crews forgot lift ventral gunner position and Heinkel fell behind the Martin's and Boeing's. Japanese fighters shot down three of them, other returned to base.
Survived three He-111A still in service until Autumn 1937.
One He-111 was lost in flying accident on 1939, when Chinese gunnerfrom other aircraft shot down him by mistake.
He 111A - the first serial-built modification of famous Luftwaffe medium bomber He 111, which served until the end of World War II. Six of this type were built and all of them were purchased by Chinese government. This plane was not adopted to the Luftwaffe service but all six built aircrafts took part in conflict between China and Japan on late 1936.

Technical Specifications
Wing span - 22,61 m
Length - 17,51 m
Take-off weight - 8220 kg
Maximum speed - 310 km/h
Engine - 2xBMW VI (660 h.p.)
Armament
Machine-guns - 2 x 7,9 mm MG 15
Bombs - 1000 kg
Crew - 4 per.