Mike Grant wages a not-so-civil war with Roden’s 1/48 Heinkel He 51


The Spanish Civil War holds a special appeal for many modellers. Not only was it a proving ground for the fledgling Luftwaffe, but such a wide variety of aircraft types were flown on both sides of the conflict. Several were developed successfully to devastating effect in World War Two, but the Heinkel 51 was not one of them. Entering service in an era when biplanes were fast becoming obsolete, its initial success as a Condor Legion fighter was short-lived, as it suffered losses against Soviet-built monoplanes. It did have some success later in the war as a ground-attack aircraft, however.

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