078 WW1 Caquot style Observation balloon & baskets

£14.00

This is a 3d model kit of a Caquot kite style balloon , it will need assembly, colours will vary, unpainted PLA

For smaller scales our Barrage Balloon will fit the bill.

Caquot type kite balloon, used by the Allies in the mid-latter part of WWI

Description

This is a 3d model kit of a Caquot kite style balloon , it will need assembly, colours will vary, unpainted PLA

For smaller scales our Barrage Balloon will fit the bill.

Caquot type kite balloon, used by the Allies in the mid-latter part of WWI

From Wikipedia:

Balloons were first deployed by the British Army during the expeditions to Bechuanaland in 1884 and Saukin in 1885.They were also deployed during the 2nd Boer war (1899–1902), where they were used in artillery observation at the battle of Mandersthion and during the Siege of Ladysmith.

The British, despite their experience in late 1800s Africa, were behind developments and were still using spherical balloons. These were quickly replaced by more advanced types, known as Kite Balloons, which were aerodynamically shaped to be stable and could operate in more extreme weather conditions. The Germans first developed the Parseval-Siegsfeld type balloon (see my other listings) , and the French soon responded with the Caquot type.

Because of their importance as observation platforms, balloons were defended by Ack Ack guns( anti aircraft), groups of machine guns for low altitude defence and patrolling fighter aircraft. Attacking a balloon was a risky venture but some pilots relished the challenge. Kite Balloons began to be used at sea for anti-submarine purposes towards the end of World War I.

I like Uhu glue for assembly. Dennis prefers plastic weld.

Additional information

Weight 50 g
Dimensions 100 × 80 × 54 mm

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