The CR.32 was an evolutionary development of an earlier Fiat Biplane fighter, and was thrown into the Spanish Civil War on the side of the Nationalist forces against the i-16s of the Republicans. It was renowned for being nimble, as it could still shoot down more modern monoplanes if handled by an experienced pilot. A product of the early 30s, it was already obsolete by the beginning of WWII, but it remained in service with the Italian Regia Aeronautica until the end of the war where, the remaining airframes in Italian service were relegated to training duties, later replaced by modern al-metal monoplanes such as the Folgore.
The Biber (German for “beaver”) was a German midget submarine of the Second World War. Armed with two externally mounted 21-inch (53 cm) torpedoes or mines, they were intended to attack coastal shipping. They were the smallest submarines in the Kriegsmarine. The Biber was hastily developed to help meet the threat of an Allied invasion of Europe. This resulted in basic technical flaws that, combined with the inadequate training of their operators, meant they never posed a real threat to Allied shipping, despite 324 submarines being delivered. One of the class’s few successes was the sinking of the cargo ship Alan A. Dale. A number have survived in museums, including one example that has been restored to operational condition. [Wiki]
Acoustic devices had been used for finding and monitoring the position of enemy aircraft and their flight direction since World War I.Although radio detection and ranging (radar) was already massively used, the Luftwaffe and heavy anti-aircraft artillery control units were still using the RRH acoustic devices (which were developed in the 1930s) for early warning against the approaching enemy bomber streams until the end of the Second World War.
Lighter and smaller than Yak-9 but powered by the same engine, the Yak-3 was a forgiving, easy-to-handle aircraft loved by both novice and experienced pilots and ground crew as well. It was robust, easy to maintain, and a highly successful dog-fighter. Continua a leggere 1/32 Special Hobby – Yakovlev Yak-3 “Onward to Berlin!” [Kit N° SH32011]