scooter Posted April 8, 2012 Share Posted April 8, 2012 Just finished today is my Hungarian MÃƒÂVAG HÃƒÂ©ja II ("Goshawk") of the Royal Hungarian Air Force ca.1944. This is marked up and intended to depict a mid-production machine V5+42 based at Matyasfeld, near Budapest. The kit is the Legato release in 1/72 scale from 2005 which apparently can make either the Heja I or Heja II. The HÃƒÂ©ja I was a Hungarian fighter aircraft copy of the Italian Reggiane Re 2000. Following licensing issues with the Italians, the new HÃƒÂ©ja II (as shown below) was entirely Hungarian built with locally produced airframes, engines and armament. The new fighter differed from the Heja I in a number of ways. Armament was changed to two fixed forward-firing 12.7 mm (0.50 inch)Gebauer guns with 300 rounds in the fuselage nose. Flight endurance was about 2.5 hours. The first MÃƒÂVAG HÃƒÂ©ja II took to the air on 30 October 1942, and in total, MÃƒÂVAG built around 70 HÃƒÂ©ja II's, all for the Royal Hungarian Air Force. The last aircraft was completed on 1 August 1944 when production ceased. These were primarily used as fighter trainers. This model is not for beginners! It is a short run kit with resin and photo etch parts as well as vacuformed canopies. It requires patience and a knack for understanding dubiously unclear instructions. The kit was not easy, but however I also chose it to give my brand new new Grex airbrush a workout. Replicating the paint scheme was especially fun, and I also enjoyed the research side of this project as well. None survive today, so please enjoy the rare and seldom seen little HÃƒÂ©ja! Adam Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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