Jon Porter, Director of Microaces, demonstrates this quite awesome looking micro flying boat. The detail on this model is exceptional ! The Mercedes D.III 6 cylinder engine is just one of the detail features of this kit. The Hansa-Brandenburg flying boat can be flown off water or a smooth flat hard surface. The addition of optional wheels onto the bottom of the floats assist with hard surface take offs.
The Microaces Hansa-Brandenburg W12 kit replicates one of the most successful German naval float planes of WWI. Not only is the unusual configuration of the aircraft tail, the floats and strut-work accurately modeled, but Microaces have gone to great lengths to include intricate details that make this kit a worthy static display model as well as an excellent scale radio controlled flyer.
Airframe: 1/24th scale
Controls: Rudder, Elevator, Throttle
Length: 400mm / 15.7"
Wingspan: 470mm / 18.5"
Wing Area: 7.25 sq dm / 112.4 sq in.
Flying Weight: 55.0g/1.9oz
Wing Load: 7.59g/sq.dm / 2.49oz/sq.ft.
Recommended Flight Pack: Microaces AIO Flight Pack PLUS for HB W.12
Rec. Motor / G.Box: Microaces Gearbox with Power Motor (Coming soon)
Rec. Prop: GWS 5030
Skill Level - Build: Intermediate
Skill Level - Pilot: Intermediate
Tools required: Scalpel, 180 Grit sandpaper or stick, straight edge, tweezers
Rec. Adhesive: UHU por / Foam safe CA / Aliphatic glue
The particular aircraft livery that adorns this W.12 model was flown by Friedrich Christiansen, a 13 victory seaplane ace. Christiansen went on to become commander of the Wehrrmacht in the Netherlands in WWII.
The W.12 was very sparsely rigged with very few flying wires, instead relying on its structure and A-frame strut configuration. This makes the Microaces kit an ideal choice for those that enjoy an involved and comprehensive build but aren't keen on all that string!
The Flight Pack required for the W.12 includes a more powerful motor to help power the aircraft off the water. Look out for the Microaces Flight Pack PLUS to power the Hansa-Brandenburg W.12
For the discerning model builder Microaces have also created a Static Display Pack of beaching dollies and a support trestle set. It closely replicates the hardware used to move and store the real aircraft. This is available as an optional extra.