Meng Kids Heinkel He.177...
...building the Meng kit
I have done the Meng Kids B17 before, and now have done their He 177. Designed for assembly without the need for any cement, this works really well, and mine was built without using any cement. It is a caricature of the aircraft, which is a current fashion in Japanese models in particular recently, and captures the look of the original very neatly. If this sort of model manages to attract more youngsters into our hobby then that is really to be applauded For the more experienced modeller they are simply a bit of fun and relaxation. Moulded in grey, black and clear plastic, it works well without needing any paint and has self-adhesive 'stickers' for transofers. I will add some paint to mine...but I'll update this when that gets done...
The Heinkel He 177 'Greif' (Griffin) was the only long range heavy bomber to see service with the Luftwaffe in WW2, though it suffered a number of innovative design ideas, they were problematical in service. The early versions were particularly prone to engine fires in flight thanks to the twin-engine arrangement that drove a single propeller. It may have been better with four engines, like the allied heavy bombers, but only one such prototype was built and this was destroyed. Sadly there are no complete survivors today.
If your are wondering about a present for your children/grandchildren etc and hope to encourage them to find enjoyment in our hobby, then this could be a great choice to help them.
I bought mine through Tiger Hobbies Ltd here in the UK