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Anton Ryzbak03 Apr 2021 10:25 a.m. PST


I'm taking a short break from planes with spats and starting on my "What Were They Thinking?" collection. The flagship of this section is the BV 141; a absurd looking plane and a terrible kit as well. You can see more of this bird here: link

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2021 10:37 a.m. PST

You did a nice job with it, though it looks like it would be more at home in a Victorian Science Fiction scenario.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2021 10:52 a.m. PST

I had that model too, as a teenager! – I agree with you 100%!
Nice job making and painting it, I never got mine to look that good!

The BV 141 looks like a pod racer from Star Wars!!!- or maybe that's where they got the idea?

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2021 12:22 p.m. PST

Ah yes – remember this weird looking duck from a book on WWII aircraft a long time ago – I can recall "what were they thinking?"

Great job!

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2021 1:44 p.m. PST

But you built and painted two of them? I see two different paint jobs.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2021 2:10 p.m. PST

How does it…? Uh… where is the…? Who sits in…? Hold on… I can't see a… wait… which way is…? There's no… how would you… what… is…?

I don't get it.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2021 2:14 p.m. PST

PS: Seriously, thanks for building this thing. I had no idea it existed. I love discovering new aircraft.

Personal logo Unlucky General Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2021 2:23 p.m. PST


Anton Ryzbak03 Apr 2021 2:44 p.m. PST

nnascati, no that is just the different color background freaking out my cellphone's camera, a lot of money would have to be involved if someone wanted me to build another of these travesties

Yellow Admiral, B&V spent a lot of time and energy on their asymmetric designs, the wild part is that they actually worked

Inch High Guy03 Apr 2021 3:02 p.m. PST

Brave man! I love the weirdness that is the Bv 141, but I'm waiting on a new kit in 1/72 before attempting to build one!

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2021 4:17 p.m. PST

Now that I know about the BV-141, I'm mad that Spielberg didn't use it as the experimental Nazi aircraft in Raiders of the Lost Ark. My childhood is ruined.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2021 12:39 p.m. PST

What a witty write up you have produced here. It raised many a chuckle here.

Not a spat to be seen. You must have been tempted. The original was bad enough. A fixed undercart and spats would have ensured it never got off the ground. Imagine a thing that size with a single engine…..these were the Master Race, they said.

Heedless Horseman Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2021 10:09 p.m. PST

Imagine… just passed 'pilot/aircrew' training… Bursting with Nazi enthusiasm… and they got 'THAT'!

But, how many Ruski fighter jocks/AA gunners just looked and thought "What? My eyes are WRONG! That can't fly… must be the Vodka… how can I 'draw a bead' on something that 'isn't there'?"

Even as a child, building, (BADLY!), anything Airfix… that was one kit that was given a miss! lol.

It DID fly, though!

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2021 6:37 a.m. PST

Actually it wasnt that bad a plane. A number of reasons, not the least of which was the Luftwaffe preferred the more conventional FW 189, led to very limited production.

Jeffers05 Apr 2021 10:25 a.m. PST

I am in awe of your talent. I chucked mine away after covering it in plastic body putty to fill the gaps, and that was when the mould was relatively new.

Anton Ryzbak05 Apr 2021 10:40 a.m. PST

Heedless Horseman, Just think about flying the thing! You have been trained on a biplane with a front-mounted engine, all of your training has you in (essentially) the center of the aircraft and now you are offset to the right, not at the center of lift or gravity, its a tail-dragger but the tail that is dragging is fifteen feet to your left, from where you sit you have no intuitive references for how the plane is flying…… a nightmare!

Marc33594, not a bad plane but it cost 3x and much as a FW 189 and used the high-power radial engine that was in short supply for FW-190s.

Jeffers, I know your pain, this one almost took a couple of "unscheduled flights" during the build!

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