Heinkel 112 B Spanish AF 92140
Plastic assembly kit, scale 1/72, ready to assemble and decorate.
Requires paints, brushes, cutter and adhesive.
Late in 1933 the RLM issued a specification asking for a monoplane fighter design. Four were produced : Arado 80, Fw 159, Bf 109 and Heinkel 112. The He 112 which was designed by Heinrich Hertel, completed with the other three at a competition held at Travemunde in October 1935. The He 112A series failed and Hertel undertook a complete structural redesign of the aircraft under the designation He 112B.The first production prototype was the V9, which first flew was in July 1937. The Japanese government placed an order for thirty He 112 during the autumn of 1937. The He 112B-0 had two 20 mm cannon in the wings and two 7,9 mm MG machineguns mounted above the engine cowling. The first twelve aircraft were delivered to Japan during the spring of 1938, but a second batch of twelve were hurriedly sent into the Luftwaffe because of the Sudeten crisis.
The machines were delivered to III/JG 132 at Furstenwalde, but following the signing of the Munich agreement, the fighters were returned to Heinkel for export and immediately offered the to Spain. The seventeen were delivered to grupo 5-G-5 in November 1938. When the Spanish civil War was ended, the fifteen He 112 B-0 were transferred to Spanish Morocco. Royal Rumanian air force ordered early 1939 twenty-four aircraft of the improved B-1 series. The B-1 series was powered by a 700 hp Jumo 210 G engine with direct fuel injection. Twelve aircraft were delivered to each of two units, the 20th Squadron, engaged in the defense of Bucharest, and the 51th, supported the Rumanian army across Bessarabia from June 1941. By the middle of 1942, remaining He 112 were relegated to training units.
The last air arm to receive the He 112 was the Royal hungarian Air Force which purchased 3 He 112 B-1.