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Zvezda Pe-2 Soviet Dive Bomber 1:48 28 Feb 2016 09:57 #1

Zvezda Pe-2 Soviet Dive Bomber

 



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The Petlyakov Pe-2 history begins with a requirement for a high altitude bomber interceptor, the result of which was a twin engine monoplane with a pressurized cabin and a crew of two classified as the VI-100. The prototype was completed in early 1939 but before flight-testing could begin a change in policy brought the cancellation of the high altitude fighter requirement. In its place, Petlyakov was called upon to produce a high altitude bomber. Much of the effort put into the VI-100 was used for the high altitude bomber but before the prototype could be completed, yet another policy change, still in 1939, was made to scrap the high altitude bomber in favor of a dive-bomber. Much of the reason for all of these changes was the result of experiences during the Spanish Civil War. Another factor was that following the signing of the non aggression pact between Germany and the Soviet Union representatives from the Soviet Union were allowed to tour some of the German aircraft plants and one thing they took away from this was the Germany had no high altitude bombers in production. This change brought about a change in designation to PB-100. Since there was no longer a requirement for high altitude performance, Petlyakov dispensed with both the turbo-superchargers and pressurized cabin planned for the VI-100. This was made all the more difficult due to Petlyakov being imprisoned at hte time by Stalin for supposedly delaying completion of the Pe-8 four engine bomber. So the changes were made while being incarcerated. Once the plane had flown successfully Petlyakov was released from prison and the designation was changed to Pe-2.

The test program found the Pe-2 to handle satisfactorily and was stable in its dive bombing performance. Dive recovery was initiated by means of an automatic electromechanical operated device. The Pe-2 was also an extremely rugged aircraft with a safety factor of eleven. It also had a good turning radius that rivaled the new fighters then being tested and with a maximum speed of 540km/h the Pe-2 out flew many of the fighters then in service. By the time of the German invasion 458 planes were already in service. The Pe-2 was produced throughout the war and its appearance changed numerous times due to continuous improvement. After the early series of airframes a modernized version replaced the original hand held machine gun with a rotating turret in the rear portion of the cockpit and more powerful engines were installed. Late variants of the Pe-2 took part in all offensive actions during the last phases of the war, including the Battle of Berlin. By wars end somewhere in the neighborhood of 11,400 had been produced.

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Zvezda Pe-2 Soviet Dive Bomber 1:48 28 Feb 2016 09:59 #2

Has that Mosquito look to it. I bet it would have been a neat Reno Air Racer.

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Zvezda Pe-2 Soviet Dive Bomber 1:48 28 Feb 2016 10:42 #3

Maybe , but with other things I have read it often required two people to move the stick . Not a good point :S

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Zvezda Pe-2 Soviet Dive Bomber 1:48 28 Feb 2016 13:35 #4

Awesome Gary-- yeah, I still have nightmares from building the HPM kit...this looks way so much better!
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Zvezda Pe-2 Soviet Dive Bomber 1:48 28 Feb 2016 13:43 #5

I pushed aside my kit in 1/72 for he moment, but have not forgotten about it - this too looks much better!
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Zvezda Pe-2 Soviet Dive Bomber 1:48 28 Feb 2016 13:52 #6

I await the version I need. Thanks for the look at the contents.

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Even this one would be nice...

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Zvezda Pe-2 Soviet Dive Bomber 1:48 28 Feb 2016 14:29 #7

Ooooh, the lion is pretty cool. Would like that in 1/72 .

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