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I delivered my Ho-229 to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Got back last night after a quick trip to Washington, D.C. (actually Chantilly, VA) to deliver my 1/32 scale model of the Horten Ho-229 flying wing. Some of you have followed this build last year on my Blog. I contacted the museum last May because I thought they could really use my model to complement the current Ho-229 exhibit. I knew it was a long shot, but after seeing photos of my model, they agreed to take it. The only thing was it had to be approved by a committee or two and then needed to receive the approval of the Museum's director. Well, all that came through in March of this year and so we made arrangements for me to fly out there to deilver it.

Every one there was very appreciative of the donation and I signed over ownership of it on Thursday morning, after which I got a personalized tour of the restoration shop. That turned out to be a fantastic experience. The photos below show some of the highlights from the tour. Afterwards, I walked through the museum and talked to several of the very knowledgeble docents who volunteer there. One fellow happened to be from a retired nurse-anesthetist from Oregon.

I learned quite a bit about the horten, but what I didn't realize was that it was never painted by the Germans. It was bare plywood when it was captured and painted by the US after it was shipped stateside. It was left outside and rotted over the course of many decades. My model depicts a US-painted/bare wood version of events.

The model will be part of the permanent display, but won't go in until a case is procured. A new case will cost between $7, 000 and $10,000 so I guess my model is pretty special.

Handing over the goods.

Original He-219 wiring is in almost perfect condition. The original paint is still visible.

Antenna array replicated from a wreck found off the coast of Norway.

Original paint. You don't often get to see how these things were really painted.

B-26 "Flak Bait" survived 202 missions. Only plane left from WWII with original invasion stripes

The paint at the nose has been worn off by tourists.

Lots of patches from when it was hit by AA Flak.

Dorsal machine gun turret.

Apollo Main instrument panel

Apollo Hatch test article

Apollo lspare Lunar Rover. It's too heavy to rest on its own wheels because it was designed for the Moon's 1/6 gravity.

More to come....

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