Photos by the author
The 1/15-scale model with a 62.5-inch wingspan comes with provisions for the outer
wing panels (top and bottom) to detach or
the wings can be permanently glued on.
The Gotha G.IV was a heavy bomber used by the Imperial German Air Service during World War I.
Designed for long-range bombing, the
G.IV was scheduled to go into service in
March 1917, but faulty engine bearings
kept it out of service until May 1917,
when its bombing of London caused the
most casualties of any bombing raid in
Earlier variants of the Gotha
incorporated a top and bottom gun that
was operated by a single gunner. This
posed a problem when the gunner was
unable to handle requirements of both.
Gotha designer Hans Burkhard’s ultimate
solution was the Gotha tunnel. This was a
trough connecting an opening in the upper
decking with an opening in the bottom
of the rear fuselage. The Gotha tunnel
allowed the top-side gun to fire through
the fuselage at targets below and behind
My first impression was bewilderment.
How was all of this stuff packed into
this small box? Whoever designed this
ARF’s packaging is a genius. Every bit
of it arrived undamaged. Unpacking the
model requires care because you unpack
it in reverse order of its packing. This is
obvious if you open both sides of the box
and determine what order things have to
After I spread the parts across the
bench, I carefully inspected everything,
noting the groups of hardware and parts
packaged separately. This would make
things easier when assembling the model.
An inventory showed everything to be
present along with the recommended
Maxford USA power system and the
optional machine guns. Do yourself a favor
and order these when you get the airplane.
They are beautiful and add great detail.
My next thought was, “Wow, this is
going to be a whole lot of rigging!” The
good news is Maxford explains extremely
well the order in which to do things.
The covering looked great, but I took
the precaution of going over everything
with my covering iron to seal all of the
edges and tighten any loose spots.
War I heavy
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