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Bronco: DFS 230 B-1
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Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 06:17 PM UTC


Darren Baker digs into the latest 1/35th scale glider released by Bronco Models, the German Tactical Assault Glider DFS 230 B-1 with Fallschirmjägers.

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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 02:15 AM UTC
Nice review, Darren, and certainly a kit with huge diorama potential. I quite like Bronco kits. However, the Romanian markings are wrong (again!).
Thanks for sharing the news!
Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 02:28 AM UTC
This would make one heck of a big dio! I see Mussolini here or Eben Eamel as possible subjects.
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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 02:32 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Nice review, Darren, and certainly a kit with huge diorama potential. I quite like Bronco kits. However, the Romanian markings are wrong (again!).
Thanks for sharing the news!
Cheers!
Gabriel



Please can you elaborate as to the issue.
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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 12:22 PM UTC

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the Romanian markings are wrong (again!).



I don't know whether you mean that the markings provided for a specific plane, or using Romanian markings in general is wrong, but around 40 DFS-230s were sent to Romania, in which around 30 did see active service between late '43 and April '45.
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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 02:39 PM UTC
The website Preserved Axis Aircraft /German aircraft/ DFS gives a list of all known survivors together with a number of photos

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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 06:51 PM UTC
This should build into nice looking kit. However, it is interesting why they chose to mold internal frame separately. With thick plastic walls of outer shell, you cannot depict damage due to rough landing. I have seen some very thin plastic parts molded by Bronco, so this part layout choice is strange. From the outside, it will look nice, but all the internals will end up bulky, with walls worth the light panzer.
It is shame there is no pilot, although he is on the box art. Ant it includes only 4, while there were 9+1 inside the glider. Plus, if using Dragon figures, why pick ones made 20years ago? I wish they have used gen2 6276 kit. That would be much better choice, if only using 4 figures.
So realy mixed feelings. As gliders are supposed to be simple, exterior is realy simple. So it is up to the interior to raise the bar. Their Horsa is very impressive, maybe i have expected too much?
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Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 10:39 PM UTC
With regard to Romanian markings I think outline of cross should be blue, not black and there should also be a white outline to to whole cross also.

http://www.nevingtonwarmuseum.com/dfs-230-romanian.html

Also seen artwork that shows glider "7" in just RLM71 all over top colour but haven't been able to confirm this.
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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 04:41 AM UTC
I found a problem with your review Darren. Instead of only having the one sentence formatted as a link to the figure set review, the sentence and entire paragraph under it are formatted as a link.