Winter LF-1 Zaunkönig

Kit:LF Models (resin), 1/72; finished on 2008-07-04; bought at Hannant's years before for £17.50.
Aircraft:"D-YBAR", the first prototype of the Zaunkönig built at TH Braunschweig.
Winter Zaunkönig in 1/72

Winter Zaunkönig in 1/72

Winter Zaunkönig in 1/72

Winter Zaunkönig in 1/72

Winter Zaunkönig in 1/72

Winter Zaunkönig in 1/72

Construction Notes

The LF Models' resin kit is quite accurate and generally easy to build, but most resin detail parts are completely unusable. Decals are good (made by Tally-Ho) and are provided for the first prototype both in the German and British colors (although I did have a little bit of trouble with silvering until I switched to MicroSol from MicroSet).

Winter Zaunkönig fuselage

Fuselage with the brass center wing struts

Winter Zaunkönig fuselage

Fuselage with the brass center wing struts

Winter Zaunkönig wing

I cut off the flaps

Winter Zaunkönig landing gear

Scratch-built landing gear

As for actually completing the model, I made the center wing struts from brass wire (for strength), and landing gear was scratch-built using plastic strips, as were all other wing and tailplane struts and the tail skid. Attaching the wing to the fuselage (with the center struts already attached to the fuselage) was easy due to the T-tail.

Winter Zaunkönig construction

Attaching the wing

References Used

  1. Aeroplane Monthly November 1992, December 1992
  2. Air International December 1976
  3. LF 1 'Zaunkönig' (Franzmeyer); Flugzeug Profile 39; UNITEC Medienvertrieb 2000
  4. War Prizes (Butler); Midland Counties Publications 1994 (pp.60, 74)

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