Bücker Bü-181 Bestmann 1:48 scale (ST42016)
Bücker Bü-181 Bestmann 1:48 scale
The Bü 181 aircraft was a single-engine low-wing monoplane with fixed undercarriage, split flap, twin controls and two adjustable seats arranged side-by-side. The cabin section of the fuselage was made of a tubular steel frame. The rear of the fuselage had a wooden shell. The wing assembly and tail unit were also made using wood. All the rudders, elevators and ailerons had wooden ribs and are covered in fabric. The flaps were metallic on the B types and wood on the C types.
The Bü 181 Bestmann was powered by a 105 hp four-cylinder Hirth HM 500A or B piston engine. The aircraft was designed for training flights, pleasure trips and limited aerobatics. Although built primarily as a trainer for the Luftwaffe,
the type also performed other duties such as courier & liaison. From March 1945 an order was issued to concentrate all the available Bü 181s to be converted either to the „tank busting“ role carrying two or four Panzerfaust on wing-mounted launchers (C-3 subtype) or to the night attack role carrying three 50 kg bombs (B-3 subtype). These units saw very limited use in the final days of the war due to the war situation. However, some missions were carried out, achieving moderate success but at the price of severe losses. One restored Bestmann on the tank buster configuration is on display at the Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin.
The Bücker factory at Rangsdorf built most of the Bü 181’s, but because of demand was forced to license the design to several other factories.
The Fokker Company in the Netherlands and Hägglund & Söner AB in Sweden who subsequently built of the type for the Luftwaffe and Swedish military.
The Bü 181 was also built by Zliner Flugzeugwerke AG plant at Zlin (Czechoslovakia). The production continued after the war in the same Zlin works designated C.6 and C.106 for the Czechoslovak Air Force and Zlín Z.281 and Z.381. Major difference from the original Bü 181 were the use of different engines. C.6/Z.281 was equiped with Toma 4 piston
engine while C.106/Z.381 was powered by Walter Minor 4 piston engine. Total of 783 aircraft were bulit in Zlin. During the 1950s the Heliopolis Aircraft Works of Egypt acquired a Czechoslovakian licence to produce the Zlín Z-381
with a 105 hp Walter-Minor engine. It was produced for the Egyptian Air Forces and other Arab air forces as the Heliopolis Gomhouria (meaning „Republic). At least 300 Gomhourias were built.
In all 3,400 aircraft were built but only a handful survives today.
Length: 7.85 m (25.7 ft)
Wingspan: 10.6 m (34.71 ft)
Height: 2.05 m (6.7 ft)
Empty weight: 480 kg (1,058 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 750 kg (1,653 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Hirth HM 500A or B 4-cyl. inverted air-cooled in-line piston engine, 78 kW (105 hp)
Maximum speed: 215 km/h (134 mph) at sea level
Cruise speed: 195 km/h (121 mph)
Range: 800 km (497 mi)
Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,405 ft)