WW1 Parseval-Siegsfeld balloon -1/700
£4.00 – £18.00
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.
3d printed model kit of a Parseval-Siegsfeld type balloon in various scales, it will need assembly, colours will vary, unpainted PLA
2 part kits in 1/200, 1/300, 1/350, 1/400, 1/600×6 and 1/700×10
A 7part kit in 1/144 scale is also available
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, and the design was copied by the allies. The French soon responded with the Caquot type (see my other listings).
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
1:144, 1:200, 1:300, 1:350, 1/400, 1/600 x6, 1/700×10
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