WWII German Antennas (FuG-10/FuG-101, FuG-227 & FuBi-2)
Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.
Brengun has produced a set of WWII German Antenna to fit any appropriate1/72 scale Luftwaffe aircraft kit. The package contains FuG-10, FuG-101 and FuG-227 arrays, as well as an FuBi-2.
The German FuG 10 panel, or rack, contained two transmitters and two receivers: One transmitter and its companion receiver operated in the MF or Longwave; 300 to 600 kHz (1,000 to 500 m) range and the other transmitter and its companion receiver operated in the HF or Shortwave range; 3 to 6 MHz (100 to 50 m). Most of the FuG 10 series used a fixed wire aerial between the fuselage and tailfin or a retractable trailing aerial wire. The FuG 10P replaced the standard E 10L longwave receiver with an EZ6 unit for a G6 direction finding set. The FuG 10ZY incorporated a fixed loop D/F aerial and a homing device for navigation to a ground station. This loop aerial, usually fitted on a small, "teardrop" shaped mounting, was standard equipment on most fighter aircraft from late 1943 on. Manufactured by Lorenz. Typical power was 70 watts. *
The FuG 101 was a FM (Frequency Modulated) CW (Continuous Wave) Altimeter. Operating frequency 337 - 400 MHz. (75 – 89 cm) Selectable between two ranges, 0 - 150 Meters and 0 - 750 Meters. Units were small enough to be fitted to single-engine day fighters and night fighters. Fitted generally at first but later in the war only to aircraft expected to operate at night. In larger aircraft usually paired with Fug 102 due to its max height limitation. *
FuG 229 Frischling: With the deployment starting on 9 cm band radars such as the Jagdschloss Z, a need for IFF was identified. The Frischling was an add-on unit for either FuG 25a or FuG 226 that converted the 9 cm integration pulse to a standard 125 MHz pulse which was then passed it to the response unit. Development not completed. *
The FuBi-(1&) 2 Antenna was a navigational antenna frequently seen on the underside of larger fighter/bomber aircraft such as the JU-88, Do-217 and Heinkel He-219.
The plastic pouch contains one brass photo-etch fret of the radar components. A simple graphic detail instruction sheet is included, but any modeler familiar with photoetch parts will have no issues assembling and installing these. A close-up evaluation of the parts (see photos) indicates a simple cut, assemble and place installation that provides realistic scale-detail with significantly improved appearance to molded plastic kit parts (if any are supplied). The Brengun PE antenna have superior detail to those supplied in any typical kit of appropriate aircraft using the type.
Some cautionary advice: for those without basic modeling experience, use CA (“super-glue”) sparingly, to assemble and/or attach these parts to your plastic kit, as the usual plastic glues do not react with PE parts. Painting of the parts will be necessary, so check your references, and be sure to prime with the appropriate materials that are compatible with your preferred paints.
Overall, this is an excellent replacement or supplemental set that will lend increased realism to any 1/72 Luftwaffe aircraft using these antennae. These sets can be purchased at the Brengun website above.
Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Brengun for the opportunity to review this item.
* descriptive data from Wikipedia