The Henschel Hs 123 was a diving single engine biplane for ground attack, produced by the German Henschel Flugzeugwerke AG during the 30s, and active during the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War.
Albeit obsolete already at the beginning of the WWII, its strength allowed it to fight with the Luftwaffe on the first line, proofing its effectiveness until the last months of the war.
The Hs 123 was intended to replace the Heinkel He 50 biplane reconnaissance and dive bomber as well as acting as a "stop-gap" measure until the Junkers Ju 87 became available.
Its specification were:
Length: 8.33 m (27 ft 4 in)
Wingspan: 10.50 m (34 ft 5.5 in)
Height: 3.20 m (10 ft 6 in)
Wing area: 24.85 m² (267.49 ft²)
Empty weight: 1,500 kg (3,307 lb)
Loaded weight: 2,215 kg (4,884 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × BMW 132Dc 9-cylinder radial engine, 880 hp (656 kW)
The model is one of the greatest classic Airfix kit, and it dates back to the year 1970.
I still remember building it when I was a kid, and the kit was packaged on the classic Airfix transparent envelope.
So, about 40 years later, I could not resist to the temptation to refresh my memories, and i jumped inside the build, again "out of the box" as many years ago, but this time using the airbrush to paint it.