Intro:Flettner FL 282 Kolibri is considered as the first production helicopter in the World. Not surprisingly it comes from Germany, where most of the technical innovations are being made, even up to date. For its time, the concept was revolutionary, and exceeded - by far - the dreams of many. Being an unseen flying machine at that point, it served a purpose as a proof of concept more than being an actual aircraft. From the practical standpoint it didn’t have the time to prove itself. Of course, this was typical for the era and especially the last couple of years of the Second World War. With that said, the Kolibri was and is a milestone in aviation history. It was about time for a model to be produced and luckily, in our case MiniArt did it. With their devotion to details and various engineering perspectives toward modeling, there can hardly be any better choice for a company to represent the Flettner Kolibri in scale.
Boxart:Blue side walls of the glossy cardboard were what surprised me when I first saw the kit. Miniart kits are usually either orange or red on their sides and the blue brought a different idea. The color of the sky hints that the company will give us more in terms of flying machines. Let’s hope I’m right. The boxart is beautiful with a red Flettner FL 282 V-21 pictured on the apron, right next to a FW-190 in the background. The focus is toward the rotor and somehow it draws your attention to the fact that this is a helicopter. Very neatly, Miniart picked a picture when one of the rotor’s blades covers the swastika and that way the authenticity was kept in a special way. It is quite annoying when you see models with boxarts when this was deliberately erased. It might be forbidden in some countries but it is still a history and modeling is all about accuracy.
Instructions:The blue-ish appearance is transferred onto the instruction sheet. It starts with a description of the model and some facts.
- Total Parts 189
- Plastic parts 178
- 11 Photo-Etched