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Modern 200 Spotter Models?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:28 am
by G10N
I was looking thru the forum gallery and came across a picture from GR Webster showing what looks to be modern acft 200 scale ID's. (located on page 5 in the gallery)
I can make out a b-2 in the display case. Does anyone have any background on these? Did Wiking continue making acft all the way to the 80's and 90's?

Re: Modern 200 Spotter Models?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:48 pm
by ramseyd
Likely you are looking at the Hansa-Schowanek case. There is a lot of information in this forum, just search either Schowanek or Hansa.

The following summary was taken from Avia Mini X magazine:
• After WW2, Wiking declined to produce the 1/200 scale training models for the NATO German forces and Schowanek got the order. The models produced by Schowanek were called Hansa and "most collectors call them Hansa-Schowanek". Starting in 1959, these ID models were produced showing NATO and Warsaw Pact aircraft. These were made as instructional models / training aides and were provided in 4 cases (1-German/French/Italian, 2 UK and Canadian, 3 US, 4 Soviet). There were several models added in 1967 and the late 70's.
•"All of these models were painted light gray with darker gray intakes and exhausts." Most of the larger models were made of resin (polyurethane), and many of the smaller models were metal.
•Starting in 1971 some of these were produced in kit form but, according to the article, the numbering system was changed to add a B to the end of the number. I believe the Avia Mini article to be correct.
•Regardless, these are very rare, and an article in Avia Mini X states "The estimate is that Schowanek produced 500 sets of four cases for the military. Few survived the destruction that was their fate after many years of service."

Re: Modern 200 Spotter Models?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:46 am
by G10N
Thanks for all the info!
Never heard of hansa before.
I've seen some early jet fighters from wiking and just assumed they lasted a lot longer making IDs.