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Old 04-23-2019, 05:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I know this aircraft is not everyone’s favourite on here, but I like it a lot. I came across these images of an exhibition model of one that I think is in the Dresden Aviation Museum. Maybe one of our German members could shed some more light on that. I can’t find out if this is a model produced by the constructors back in the 50s. Anyway, here are the pics.

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I had never seen a cutaway of it, I know you have one yourself. Very Flash Gordon design, isnt it?!
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Yes, I agree it does look like a craft from Buck Rogers! I just love the quirkiness of it. It was tragic that the prototype crashed with the loss of all crew onboard. The second prototype I believe only flew twice before the Soviet Union forced the cancellation of the project. A pity, it would have looked good in Interflug colours. There is some good material on You Tube about this beast, well worth a look.

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Very nice model.

Thanks for taking time to post the pics.

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Old 04-24-2019, 03:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If I remember the details correctly from a book on the 152 I read a few years ago, this particular model was made specifically for the exhibition stand that the manufacturer of the 152 named "VVB Flugzeugbau" had on the 1958 Leipzig Trade Fair, which was back then one of the biggest fairs in Europe.

See minute 3:00 and onwards on this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6stELlxnNvw

After the decision to close the GDR Airplane Manufacturing industry in 1960, the cutaway model disappeared "off the radar screens" for a long time.

Fast forward to the 1990s, with Germany already re-unified, a person from the former East German TV Studios DEFA called the Dresden Transport Museum telling them they had a three metre long model of the 152 in their archives, and if the Museum may have any use for it. And so it got back to Dresden, was subsequently professionally restored and is now on display at Dresden Airport, alongside the restored fuselage of the 152 number 011, but unfortunately within a building which is only accessible for certain events or as part of a guided tour.

Pictures here http://www.flugzeug-lorenz.de/index.php?id=118

On a personal note: to me, the model represents the "holy grail" in terms of airplane models: a 60 year old one-off cutaway model of a one-off airplane type (152V4) made by a manufacturer that does not exist anymore, and from a country with the same fate. How much rarer can a model get ?

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Nice model
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Hi madrileno Many thanks for that information. I also have a very good German language book on the 152 which I bought direct from the publishing company in Germany. Unexpectedly it had been signed by the author, a nice touch. I would love to have personally seen the 152 fly. I do have a 1/72 model of it. That large scale display model is very impressive, it’s good it’s survived all this time, hopefully it’ll survive many for more years to come.

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