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    Sd2b the cutdown that could have worked?

    Hear is one of a pair of cutdown drouges that looked like they might have
    done the job.

    This one now stands alone as the other is now with a good mate,but still good in the spring dept,and only needed repainting.
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    Very nice Phil, well up to your usual standards.

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    Sd2b the cutdown that could have worked?
    Hear is one of a pair of cutdown drouges that looked like they might have
    done the job.

    This one now stands alone as the other is now with a good mate,but still good in the spring dept,and only needed repainting.
    Hi Phil,
    This design of cut-down wing was used in North Africa. Almost certain it was also used in Russia, still looking for recorded evidence to confirm this. This type of cut-down wing was used in the AB250 drop containers, the containers were marked SD2 zt as the fuzes were set at zeit (airburst)

    Nice job on the wings, well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SG500 View Post
    Very nice Phil, well up to your usual standards.

    Dave.
    Thanks Dave unusual drouges

    Best phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterfly View Post
    Hi Phil,
    This design of cut-down wing was used in North Africa. Almost certain it was also used in Russia, still looking for recorded evidence to confirm this. This type of cut-down wing was used in the AB250 drop containers, the containers were marked SD2 zt as the fuzes were set at zeit (airburst)

    Nice job on the wings, well done.

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    Cheers Kev
    I would assume by cutting them in the way they were that it would assist
    for space saving whilst in the cannister?

    Best phil

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    Im wondering as to why cutting them down could assist in any way apart from saving a little weight and space ?

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    Cheers Kev
    I would assume by cutting them in the way they were that it would assist
    for space saving whilst in the cannister?

    Best phil
    It would save space and weight but probably more important steel. At the time Germany was fighting on all fronts, the tide of war had turned and material was an asset. Also with less wing area there would be less drag and also less spread of sub-munition from cannister. So it would have greater effect on whoever it was dropped on. I certainly wouldn't have wanted to be on the receiving end of a cannister of 144 of those bursting overhead.
    On the first day of the invasion of Russia (Barbarossa) the SD2 was very effective against aircraft on the ground, so a cannister of this type could put aircraft out of action quite effectively without the need of being so accurate.
    One thing that I haven't been able to pin down as yet, is exactly how the wings were prevented from opening whilst being loaded into the cannisters. An armourers nightmare I would have thought. As you and I know the springs are quite strong, so would have needed to be held back somehow. I have seen pics of fully loaded cannisters with wooden inserts in place, but how the AB250's were loaded I still have no idea. ??

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    thanks for that Kev.

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    Blimey, must have been reading your mind there Scott. lol. ha ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterfly View Post
    Blimey, must have been reading your mind there Scott. lol. ha ha

    maybe just great minds think alike hey kev ?? He He He!

 

 
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