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#AA-4077   1/144 scale  Messerschmitt Me.321 Gigant  Heavy glider for invasion of Britain & Russia

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

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100 resin parts +

Clear resin canopies, decals

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Span: 382 mm

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Length: 195 mm

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Unit price: US$98

Shipping charge: US$16

Each model kit contents 1 set of decal. Extra  decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal

US$2.00

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Aircraft History and Specification

In 1940, due to the preparations for the invasion of Britain and Russia, the Luftwaffe's Transport Command realized a need for a larger capacity cargo and troop carrying aircraft. It was decided that the most cost-effective solution was to use giant gliders. Accordingly, the Luftwaffe issued a requirement for rapid development of a very large capacity transport glider to Junkers and Messerschmitt. Two proposals were accepted for construction as the Messerschmitt Me.321 Gigant and the Junkers Ju.322 Mammut. The Me.321 was to be built out of steel tubing framework, with wooden spars and covering of fabric. This allow for quick construction and easy repair. The Me.321 made its maiden flight in February 1941, towed by a Junkers Ju.90. Takeoff of the glider was difficulties, since the Ju.90 was not powerful enough. Heinkel responded by creating the He.111Z Zwilling which combined two He.111 bombers as better tug. The first Me.321 production aircraft entered service in May. In 1943, following the cancellation of the Stalingrad operation, some Me.321 were converted into the Me.323 with six engines.

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Heavy transport glider.

Called for the glider to be capable of carrying either an 88 mm gun plus its tractor, or a medium tank.

55m.

28.15m

8.30m.

None

285 km/h

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132 troops / 12 tonne load

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Model References

The Messerschmitt Me.321 Gigant package contents secret kits of four 1/144 Luftwaffe tug and gliders as bonus:

The Messerschmitt Me.321 Gigant is suitable to group with the following collection series.

Luftwaffe experimental aircraft

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