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1/48 German Haunebu Model Kit built

The SS E-IV (Entwicklungsstelle 4), a development unit of the SS occult “Order of the Black Sun” was tasked with researching alternative energies to make the Third Reich independent of scarce fuel oil for war production. Their work included developing alternative energies and fuel sources through coal gasification, research into grain alcohol fuels, less complicated coal burning engines for vehicles and generators, as well as highly advanced liquid oxygen turbines, total reaction turbines, AIP (Air Independent Propulsion) motors and even EMG (Electro-Magnetic-Gravitic) engines.

This group developed by 1939 a revolutionary electro-magnetic-gravitic engine which improved Hans Coler’s free energy machine into an energy Konverter coupled to a Van De Graaf band generator and Marconi vortex dynamo (a spherical tank of mercury) to create powerful rotating electromagnetic fields that affected gravity and reduced mass. It was designated the Thule Triebwerk (Thrustwork, a.ka. Tachyonator-7 drive) and was to be installed into a Thule designed disc. For wartime security reasons the name was shortened to Haunebu in 1939.

[Credit and more info: DiscAircraft.]

Hello folks!
Sometime ago we did a 2 in 1 Review of the German Haunebu and George Adamski from Hand & Head Models. I decided that it was time to address this model and finally I did it last week. It was meant to be an in-box review but the German Haunebu and Foo Fighters have always been a topic of my interest. Some of you might remember my humble attempt at a scratch build with found stuff Nazi UFO back in 2012. Well, I wasn’t that off from what Hand & Head would release 2 years later in 2014.

As you can see from the pictures, the cockpit is divided in 3 commend centers with 2 chairs on each side. They can easily accommodate 1/48 figures. As I pointed out during the in-box review, the George Adamski version of this kit is labeled as 1/72 because of the distance size George Adamski himself described. If we use the chairs around the cockpit as a reference, this in my humble opinion is a 1/48 scale model kit.

This model kit can almost be assembled entirely as a snap tite model with little to no cement required in many areas. I did used cement on the chairs and cockpit but other than that no cement was used. The landing gear can be removed and changed for ‘blanks’ in case you want to display your flying saucer kit in flight mode.

Colors are called in the instructions in RLM German colors. For the interior I used Tamiya XF-53 Neutral Gray.  For the underside including cannons and landing gear I used Tamiya XF-21 Sky replacing the RLM 76.
For the 2 top colors I used Tamiya XF-22 RLM Grey and Testors Acryl Dunkelgrun RLM 71 (4781). Both colors were blended and faded with a much lighter shade of the XF-22 mixed with Tamiya XF-2 FLat White. The yellow bands do come as decals but they were painted with Tamiya Flat Yellow XF-3. The swastika is not included with the kit but it came from a set of swastikas from AeroMaster. Nice set and AFAIK is no longer available. Pinwash with AK-075. By the way, the decal sheet provided with the kit is of great quality -Cartograf-.

Note from the Author
No doubt about it. This is a nice addition to my 1/48 German aircraft collection. It was a pleasant build from the get go.
Definitely Recommended!

FROM THE WEB

Atlantis Models UFO Encounters Monument Valley

Those who follow the U.F.O. phenomena are no strangers to incidents and reports of Unidentified Flying Objects in Nevada, Utah and literally all the states. But Monument Valley Arizona is one of the hottest spots for this U.F.O encounters. Atlantis Models present model kit builders, collectors and U.F.O enthusiasts alike the opportunity to own an all brand new tooling of a U.F.O model.

Kit Highlights
  • New tooling. 2nd in the 5 inch saucer series.
  • Molded in crystal clear with landing gear.
  • Fast blinking colored LED light.
  • Features our twist tight technology for easy assembly.
  • Includes cardboard display diorama backdrop.
  • Skill level 1 for ages 8 and up.
  • Kit # AMC 10017
  • MSRP: $19.99 USD

The U.FO. Encounter Sighting at Monument Valley model kit from Atlantis Models is available in two different versions and both are featured here on this entry.

Version # 1 of the model is molded in clear plastic. The molding is crystal clear with very crisp detail and absolutely no flash. No glue is necessary. The lower half of the dome connects to the upper hull in a twist-and-turn fashion . There is some structural detail molded on including portholes. On the bottom part we have some ”anti-gravity” circles with some alien symbols molded on. Unlike the Earth vs The Flying Saucer model kit recently featured, this one will need to be painted unless you’re OK with a clear ‘invisible’ saucer. This one was painted with the same Krylon color used on the EvsTFS model. Having dry air this time of the year in Minnesota plus the fact that this clear plastic is very prone to get charged with static electricity, the paint acquired a texture appearance seen on the pictures below. That was not the intention but to my taste it worked out. Before painting the hull, I used liquid latex mask from Vallejo (70.523) to mask all the portholes. The flashing LED can be seen in the short video clip below.

Version # 2 of the model is molded in clear Glow in the Dark plastic. Besides a different backdrop as shown on the picture below, the model kit is pretty much the same as the other one including the LED flasher.

I ask the question and Atlantis kindly answered. This model kit is NOT based on any known documented sighting but they would take the proper steps to make a documented case a model kit reality. So there you have it.
This model can be purchased at your favorite on-line or brick and mortar hobby shop. Remember, support your local hobby shops. They are becoming an endangered species. You can also get these U.F.O. models directly with Atlantis Models.

Get the Clear version here.

Get the Glow in the Dark version here.

Note from the Author
My sincere thanks to Atlantis Models for kindly sending in these review samples.

Earth vs the flying Saucers model kit

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (aka Invasion of the Flying Saucers, Flying Saucers from Outer Space, and Invasion of the Flying Saucers) is a 1956 American black-and-white science fiction film from Columbia Pictures, produced by Charles H. Schneer and Sam Katzman, directed by Fred F. Sears, and starring Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor. The film’s storyline was suggested by the bestselling, non-fiction book Flying Saucers from Outer Space by Maj. Donald Keyhoe.

The technical effects created by Ray Harryhausen come off excellently in the Charles H. Schneer production, adding the required out-of-this-world visual touch to the screenplay, taken from a screen story by Curt Siodmak, suggested by Major Donald E. Keyhoe’s Flying Saucers from Outer Space.”

The stop-motion animation special effects in the film were created by Ray Harryhausen. Special effects expert Ray Harryhausen animated the film’s flying saucers using stop-motion animation. Harryhausen also animated the falling masonry when saucers crash into various government buildings and monuments in order to make the action appear realistic. Some figure animation was used to show the aliens emerging from the saucers.

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers has reached an iconic status in that many films in the “flying saucer” subgenre that followed, imitated and incorporated many of the elements established by Ray Harryhausen.

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers was well received by audiences and critics alike, with Variety noting that the special effects were the real stars of the film. “This exploitation programmer does a satisfactory job of entertaining in the science-fiction class.
Source [Wikipedia]

Kit Highlights

  • This part of the Atlantis all new 5″ UFO Series. It’s the relentless Attack saucer designed by Legendary effects Master Ray Harryhausen.
  • The model features our new Twist-Tite Technology. The kit assembles in Minutes, ready for display. No glue needed.
  • A card stock backdrop display will be included to show your Attack UFO on the White House lawn!
  • Kit includes a ready to use LED Light with batteries, Display stand, Card Stock Backdrop.
  • Injection Model in Translucent highly detailed Polystyrene.
  • Kit can be assembled as Ground Assault or Skyhook Attack mode.
  • Skill level 1. Easy assembly For ages 8 and up.
  • MSRP: $14.99 US

Little over 2 weeks ago I received this Attack Saucer from the cult-classic movie Earth vs The Flying Saucers from Atlantis Models. It is a Skill Level 1 which means is an easy to put together model. No glue or paint is necessary. The model already comes molded in Silver and it is up to the model builder to paint it or not. As with all models molded in Silver, they tend to have a marblelized finish produced by the injection process. to give this Attack Saucer a better look, I used Krylon Short Cuts SCS-032 Chrome. This is a very inexpensive paint available the craft stores.

As with other model kits from Atlantis Models, the Attack Saucer comes with an LED light emitter. I found no use for it (for the moment) but if you want to add some drama it can be placed on the landing tube. This light emitter has a place inside the model but it could only be visible if Atlantis decides to go with a clear version. So from my assumption they are just thinking ahead of time and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see a clear version.

I love the included backdrop featuring that art-deco style illustration from back in the day. If you love everything Flying Saucer (I do) or have a soft spot for those classic movies from yesterdays, you don’t want to miss this kit. It is around 5” making it ideal for your home or office desk display. There is not a lot of surface detail but upon inspection of reference material, Atlantis nailed the detail on the lower hull found on the filming miniatures.

Note from the Author
My sincere thanks to Atlantis-Models for the review sample.

Nazi UFO ”Foo Fighter” model

In WWII the so-called “foo fighters,” a variety of unusual and anomalous aerial phenomena, were witnessed by both Axis and Allied personnel. While some foo fighter reports were dismissed as the misperceptions of troops in the heat of combat, others were taken with the utmost seriousness. In at least some cases, Allied intelligence and commanders suspected that foo fighters reported in the European theater represented advanced German aircraft or weapons, particularly given that Germans had already developed such technological innovations as V-1 and V-2 rockets and the first jet-engine fighter planes, and that a minority of foo fighters seemed to have inflicted damage to allied aircraft.

Nazi UFO ”Foo Fighter” model

Similar sentiments regarding German technology resurfaced in 1947 with the first major wave of flying saucer reports after Kenneth Arnold’s alleged close encounter with nine crescent-shaped objects moving at a fantastic speed. Personnel of Project Sign, the first U. S. Air Force UFO investigation group, noted that the advanced flying wing aeronautical designs of the German Horten brothers were similar to some UFO reports. In 1959, Captain Edward J. Ruppelt, the first head of Project Blue Book (Project Sign’s follow-up investigation) wrote:

When WWII ended, the Germans had several radical types of aircraft and guided missiles under development. The majority were in the most preliminary stages, but they were the only known craft that could even approach the performance of objects reported to UFO observers.

The Model:

Well, here is something that we don’t see often. A German UFO known as a ”Foo Fighter” made from off-the-shelf items and .020 styrene card. It is basically 2 plastic plates ($1.49)  I found at the Goodwill store glued together. 2 ball shaped toy yo-yos from the Dollar Tree store ($1 each). The top turret was made with the lid from a vending machine at the store exit (.75 cents).

All the cannons were made with 1/16 (1.57mm) aluminum tube from K+S Engineering (#1008). The muzzles are 3.32” (2.38mm) aluminum tubes (#1015) also from K+S. The 3/32 fit in the 1/16 very nice but after cutting them, you’ll have to deburr a little bit with an old cutting blade. It deburrs very easy ,is soft aluminum ;o)

This was a weekend project, with some persisting asthma symptoms, I couldn’t drill the port holes. The top plate is made out of ”bakelite”, drilling it produces a fine smelly dust very similar to that on resin parts. So instead, I did settle for .020” styrene  punch holes.

Painting:Once everything came together, I primed it with Krylon Gray Primer. The primer was followed by a coat of Tamiya XF-66 Light Gray which is not really that light. Once the base XF-66 was applied, a random over spray with Tamiya XF-20 Medium Gray was applied. The Swastikas came from my spare decals folder. Everything was sealed with Testors Dull Coat Spray.  There is no way we can measure this on a specific scale. To add some size reference, the ship is next to a 1/76 Panzer Tank from Airfix models.

Below there is a documentary on some of the German secret technology. It is very interesting but certainly I have seen better ones on the subject. Unfortunately I didn’t bookmark some of them and sifting thru You Tube will take some time. As always, thanks for looking. Comments or questions? Feel free to use the form below.

Approximate amount spent on this project, +/- $15-$18 USD and that includes the 1/76 Airfix Panzer which I previously had built.