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Takom 1/35 V-2

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Of course there are a few accuracy issues, but having a Meilerwagen that isn't resin is great.

 

And as luck would have it, this set came out shortly after I bought a resin Meilerwagen and the SS100 by itself to go with the Dragon V2 I already had.

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Sounds interesting for sure

Peter

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Firstly - apologies for thread creep everyone!

 

If I remember correctly you are up on Rügen?
 
Flew in to the airfield in 2014 with flying club - everyone at the airfield was wonderful - and took us down to the museum and the harbour with the sub.
 
Went back by car last year with my family as my son wanted to see the birthplace of spaceflight  :)

 

Pity we couldn't meet up!

 

We stayed at Seetelhotel Familienhotel Waldhof at Trassenheide - loved it.

 

Whole Baltic coast in that area is gorgeous, with some lovely countryside and beaches - will come back again at some point!

 

And everyone was so friendly and helpful - I got the impression that not many of us Brits visit the area...

 
Iain

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We will give it another try when you hit the German Baltic islands next time :)

 

BTW, Rügen has both an airstrip and a sub. HMS Otus, so this might feel like home turf to you. Not to forget the Marine museum here. Short movie (3 min). Yes, you may enter this Mi-8. And in case you want to get cozy with an Orenda-10 engine I have a fullsize one at hand  :coolio:  Not to forget about tea and cookies at our home. Just saying... :whistle:

 

Regards

- dutik

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What issues CATCplSlade? Just got one myself last weekend...

 

I haven't seen the log yet, but a fellow over on armorama.com was prepping a build and seemed to indicate that the towing mechanism for the Meilerwagen was incorrect, as the trailer was actually towed in reverse to the portable launch platform. I have actually seen the video of a launch that clearly shows this whole process and so in reality the V-2's nose would be pointed rearward behind the SS100. No one knows yet if the kit features this. There were other things, but they were based on the assumption the kit was based on an incomplete example.

 

BTW I've also heard the SS100 has post-war tires on it. Opinion is that these tires never appeared during the war but I don't know what the fix is yet on that. I would never have known the difference myself, and no one in my neighborhood would either so I'm not sweating that detail.

 

Even though I already got an SS100 back when they first released and a Wespe resin 'wagen, I still plan to get this kit whatever the issues. The other SS100 can be used to tow something else and the resin can be sold to whoever wants it on ebay. My Dragon V-2 will stay on its launch pad; it has the 3-color camo so I'll paint the Takom B&W maybe?

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I have the kit. The instructions have you build it as shown on the box art, with the Meilerwagen being towed nose first. That's apparently how the USAF museum one is set up.

 

http://www.v2rocket.com/start/others/usafm-v2.html

 

At this site, one photo appears to show the SS100 in front of the nose, while the another seems to show it being towed by the tail.

 

http://www.v2rocket.com/start/deployment/procedure.html

 

Various other photos, mostly of captured or post war V2 also show the tail tow. However, given that the tail had to be moved into position to raise the rocket onto the fixed firing platform, it would make sense for the SS100 to be at the nose so it could push the Meilerwagen into alignment with the firing table. In the tail tow position, the SS100 would be where the firing table would need to sit to receive the V-2.

 

Maybe the tow bar could be hooked up to either end, with the tail tow used for movement and the nose tow used for final positioning before erecting.

 

This one clearly shows tail tow. http://www.v2rocket.com/start/deployment/meillerw03.jpg

 

But this one seems to imply nose tow. http://www.v2rocket.com/start/deployment/meillerw02.jpg

 

As a note, the kit has a crosspiece with a lever arm on the rear truck that appears identical to whats on the front truck where the tow bar is attached, which suggests it could be attached to either end.

Edited by Dave Williams

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Yes. As shown in http://www.v2rocket..../meillerw02.jpg, after receiving the V-2 from the Vidalwagen the SS100 would tow it nose-first to the launch area. The truck would drive past the portapad, unhitch the front tow arm, and then drive around to the rear of the Meilerwagen (as seen in http://www.v2rocket..../meillerw03.jpg) and pull it back towards the portapad enough to align it and allow the SS100 to get clear after unhitching again. Near the top, between the rear tires, was a bell-housing hitch like you see on most German vehicles like the 251's and prime movers. Once the 'wagen was roughly in-line with the pad there was some kind of winch(?) mechanism that attached by tow line and pulled the V-2 those last few feet close enough to the pad for raising (http://www.v2rocket..../procedure.html. 9th row down, 3rd picture on right. You see the guys at the front of the 'wagen pulling it towards the pad).

 

The launch footage I saw featured many of the other vehicles associated with a mobile forest launch site that I would love to build. Some are out there in resin but $$$. I learned so much from that video alone it was ridiculous.

 

If what you say about the crosspiece is true, that allows additional correct display opportunities.

Edited by CATCplSlade

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Today I got my kit. And it's no problem to bring the towbar (part F10) to the right end of the Meillerwagen. Part G68 with ends cut off will fit between the ends of the towbar F10 I think.

DEF is going to release new tires for the SS100 soon!

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So this is what on in the rear truck of the Takom kit. The horizontal cylinder with the downward pointing lever arm is part G68 in the kit.

 

http://www.v2rocket.com/start/others/cos1-roc-meiller-015.jpg

 

This is what the front part of the Takom trailer looks like. The horizontal cylinder at the end of the tow yoke (just behind the coiled springs) appears to be the same as part G68, although in the kit, the outer ends of the cylinder are part of the tow bar F10, while the center part of the cylinder in on another part. Some modification of the kit parts would be needed to swap the tow bar to the back, but it's certainly doable.

 

http://www.v2rocket.com/start/others/cos1-roc-meiller-012.jpg

 

All the swapping between the front and the back tow points seems to be unnecessary complex, but the Takom kit doesn't appear wrong per se. It's correct for a certain part of the transport/erecting sequence.

 

To be fair, it's a cool looking kit with the V-2 on the Meilerwagen and few people are going to know or care that tow bar is on the wrong side.

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