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Hello, folks!

 

Paid a visit to Rechlin Luftfahrtmuseum these days. Rechlin was THE test- and evaluation center of the German air forces from the end of WW1 to the end of WW2. From Fokker to Focke-Wulf, so to say. After WW2 it became a Soviet air field, housing f. e. Mig-23s and Mig-27s. A part of the facilities was rebuild into a large communication equiment storage for the East German NVA. Another part was made into a shipyard building small fast attack crafts and modern lifeboats. Nowadays it is a museum about all 3 branches. Been there some years ago, but they recieved a plethora of new and amazing stuff. So it was about time for another visit, armed with my trusty camera:

 

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You know what this is? Great news that is!

 

We have a Do-335 in Germany! The only original one is at Udvar in the US of A. We got a replica, using as much of original parts as possible.

 

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Yes, it will be shown as a B with wing guns!

Dunno, why the image is sideways. The orignal image is upright.

 

Forgot to take a photo of the whole thing. I've got carried away by something different. Wait for the end of this post :punk:

 

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Tank Ta-154 replica. Was build by cabinet maker apprentices from Paderborn (Germany) years ago as a training project.

 

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DFS assault glider. Remember the Bronco kit? The type used to assault Eben Emanel fortress in Belgium.

 

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This? Fokker D.VII without covering.

There is also a complete replica in full Lozenge wear. Not to mention a Dreidecker. A Junkers D.I replica. An Etrich Taube. Siemens-Schuckert D.III. Junkers F13. Replicas alltogether. Not to forget WW2 rebuilds: A Me-262 with some original parts. A rebuild He-162 Volksjäger. Reichenberg IV suicide bomb. Cockpit replicas of the Ju-388, Arado Ar-234, Me-109 and other stuff. A Buchon, rebuild into a 109 G2. A lot of engines. Like this one:

 

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Hirth engine that powered the Bücker 131. If you want more photos to superdetail your ICM engine, just ask me. I have a full walkaround set.

 

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This is the Lilienthal glider. Otto Lilienthal was the first human to build and succesfully fly an aircraft! Anno 1891 was this.

The story behind this rebuild is also amazing: It was built by an 14 years old schoolboy from Munich as a school project. He used the original Lilienthal drawings, that were made public by the Lillienthal brothers themselves. It took him a full year with a lot of ons and offs. Guess you know about this phenomenon ;)

 

Finally the very special and unique thing of the Rechlin museum that carried me away. Guess you know what this is?

 

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Gotha Go-60. A very promising German late war project (the Luftwaffenministerium even had some real toughts to stop the Horten IX /Ho-229 fighter project in favour of this one). Due to it's layout fast and capable, with heavy armament (4x 30mm MG 108 firing forward, 4 more upwards) and a 3 man crew! Where the navigator and the radar operator were positoned? Lying in the left and right wingroots, with a small window in the leading edge :coolio:

 

Guess THIS is something you will not find in 1:1 scale anywhere in the world. Except in Germany :D

 

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I have a lot of more photos if you are in need of images. Look here what stuff they have at Rechlin.

 

This was a very enjoable day, indeed! (not to mention cruising the Autobahn with 200 km/h speed the whole way :thumbsup: )

 

Enjoy!

- dutik

 

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corrected some awful grammar and spelling issues
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Awesome pictures.  Thanks for sharing.  

I use to work with Steve Udvar Hazy and spent a memorial 35 anniversary of his company at the namesake.  My wife and I spent an awesome-night inside his museum under the wings of the Do 335 Arado 234, the Enola Gay, Concorde, SR 71.   A black tie event to never forget.  An awesome person to work for.  

 

 

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More photos as promised: Replica of a Junkers Ju-388 cockpit.

 

Take it with a grain of salt (guess junkers did not fix the front window with simple tongues :wicked: ), but instrumentation and wiring are interesting to watch if you own one of Pastor Johns conversion sets :thumbsup:

 

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Regards

- dutik

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Yes. The one that was at the Deutsches Technikmseum in Berlin. It's just borrowed for exhibition, but the Rechlin museum collects money to buy it. This is an original He-162, captured by the British Army in Germany, then on exhibition in Canada, later owned by a British, now back in Germany.

 

Hm, wasn't aware until very now that this is the real one. Thought it was just another replica. Interesting. Didn't take photos, because I have a lot of references at hand. Well, If Ihad known this before the visit I still would have crawled under the fuselage to take some photos of the UC bay and other parts...

 

I remember that I saw this one years ago in Berlin. The only photo from my Rechlin visit just for you:

 

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Regards

- dutik

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1 minute ago, Troy Molitor said:

One of my favorites Dutik!  Thank you for posting all your pictures  I believe the Berlin example He 162 is certainly original and was in Canada for years without an engine however this example is a replica build based on many original components incorporated into the build.  My picture above is that of a replica He 162 panel with all period instuments put together while I was in exile in the Marina Bay in Singapore over the last few years.  Danke for the pictures!  

 

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