17 - Henschel Hs 129

Henschel Hs129 "Panzerknacker"

by Bjørn Jacobsen

Henschel Hs 129 "Panzerknacker" is the only aircraft, except for the A-10 Warthog that is designed and build for one purpose: Killing enemy tanks!

Thru, there were several other

“Tank Killers” during WWII, but they

was all made from other aircraft

configurations, for example, the

highly successful Ju78 G

Kanonenvoegel was converted

from the bomb diving Ju78

Because of major birth problems,

Hs 129 was not delivered in a big

numbers before the German

retreat from Russia (1943).

However, together with the

Ju87G (2x37mm cannons) and

Ju88P-1 (1x75mm cannon), the

Henschel Hs 129 with1x30mm,

2x20mm and 2x13mm guns made

a tremendous threat to the Russian

armoured divisions.

These flying "anti-tank guns" were

responsible for the destruction of

thousands of Russian tanks.

The Hs 129 was very small and had

an unusually narrow cockpit and poor

visibility (due to 75mm armoured

glass), but it was undoubted one of

the toughest aeroplanes ever made!

The model is a Hasegawa kit in 1:48 and painted with Vallejo acryl

The background is a wall decal mounted on cardboard.

The Hs129 I am building is actually the same aircraft as the one in the picture above. It is an Hs 129B-2/R2 of 10.(Pz.)/GS9 stationed at Czernovitz in March 1944. On the Eastern Front, aircraft were often daubed with white distemper over their regular camouflage for operations. This was soluble and easily washed off when not needed. The aircraft is being rearmed and refueld by the ground crew.


Henschel Hs 129B-2

Type: Single seat close support aircraft

Powerplant: Two Gnome-Rõhne 14M 4/5 radial engines developing 522kW (700hp) for take-off

Dimensions: Wing span: 14,2m (46ft 5in). length 9,75m (31ft 9in), height 3,25m (10ft 6in)

Weight: Empty 3.810kg (8.400lb) maximum loaded 5.250kg (11,575lb)

Performance: Maximum speed 407km/h (253mph), range 688km (427miles), service ceiling 9000m (29.530ft)

Armament: Two 7,9mm MG17 machine-guns and two 20mm MG151 cannons in nose; either one 30-mm MK101 cannon in ventral pod, four 50kg bombs or one 250kg bomb.

Alternative armament:

Two 30mm MK103 cannons

One 37mm BK3,7 cannon

One Rheinmetall MK 5cm cannon

One  PaK40 7,5cm cannon