Saturday, 15 June 2013

The Flying Clog

Known as Der Fliegende Holzschuh (the flying clog) - and one can readily see why!  This three engined horror is a Blohm & Voss BV-138 which, like the Claudes of a few days ago is a 1/144 scale Japanese 'Gashapon' pre-coloured kit.  So no painting required but a fair amount of assembly and some additional markings.
Not an aircraft I am particularly au fait with, the '138 is possibly unique in having two 3-bladed props and one 4-bladed, although given that it was designed by Dr Richard Vogt who also brought us the asymmetric BV-141 this was a far from forgone conclusion!
More on the BV-138 on this astonishing website.

Big it may be but the clog is dwarfed by my Kawanishi H6K 'Mavis'.  More on that soon.

18 comments:

SAROE said...

You have to admire any plane that has the capability of shooting itself down.

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Lost for words oN both of these ;)

What is not to like/be amazed at
:)

Paul said...

Another fine addition to your stable Tim. It would be interesting to see you place this in a game.

Al said...

Cool, another couple I've never seen or heard of

Archduke Piccolo said...

I thought the BV141 was weird. But this chappy is so cool - I gotta have one in 1:72 scale for my Raesharn Airforce...

Tim Gow said...

SAROE
It does save troubling the enemy.

Tim Gow said...

Geordie
It is a weird old thing.

Tim Gow said...

Paul
That sounds like a challenge - but I already have a (vague) plan!

Tim Gow said...

Al
Nice to hear I'm providing education!

Tim Gow said...

Archduke Piccolo
I understand there is a 1/72 kit available!

Wg Cdr Luddite said...

My research indicates this aircraft was actually developed from a sketch by Leonard of Quirm.

Tim Gow said...

Wg Cdr Luddite
Who?

Wg Cdr Luddite said...

You've never read Terry Pratchett's Discworld books ?

Tim Gow said...

Wg Cdr Luddite
As a writer TP really doesn't do it for me.

Paul said...

Och to TP!

Archduke Piccolo said...

Tim: try TP again. I started 4 Discworld novels before I finished one, but now I'm a fan. I recommend the stories featuring Sam Vimes, Commander of the City Watch, Duke of Ankh, married to the wealthiest woman in Ankh-Morpork, cynical bastard and working class hero.

Probably my favorite is "Night watch", though they're all good.

Leonardo da Quirm is Leonard's real monicker, I believe, and that might give you the clue to his identity. He is kept in happy freedom by Lord Vetinari in a prison of the Patrician's own devising...

Chris Kemp said...

The '138 could happily stand in for the Do 24 in the Mediterranean, as no-one makes a '24 as far as I am aware. Does that cinch North Africa as your next Megablitz outing?

Regards, Chris.

Tim Gow said...

Chris Kemp
North Africa is still a possibility but its not the current front runner....