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Horten HIV and Horten HIII - high performance gliders from history

We produce two of the few versions of the HORTEN that are really "flyable" as a model

The first Horten H IV was designed and built in Königsberg in 1940/41 as a high-performance glider, but without official approval or order. This was done in secret. During the first flight in May 1941 with the pilot Heinz Scheidhauer, a remarkable flight time of over one hour was already achieved. Construction of three more specimens took place at Göttingen, and they began flight testing in the first half of 1943. In December 1944, another specimen was built at Bad Hersfeld with a laminar airfoil wing and designated H IVb. The airfoil was copied from a North American P-51 after surprisingly low drag values were found in DVL wind tunnel tests. Unfortunately, the H IVb's story ended tragically when, during a test flight near Göttingen on January 18, 1945, the aircraft went into a spin and crashed. The pilot was able to bail out, but his parachute failed to open. Production of a further 10 examples of the H IVb ceased after this accident.


It is also reported that the H IV was designated as the Horten Ho 251 (source: Wikipedia, 2014).

Our basic scale kit includes all the wooden parts drawn in Brian Halkett's plan. All parts are precision laser cut and require no finishing!

Only planking lumber, moldings and stringing material are required for completion.