Paper Model of the Pe-3 Heavy Fighter

Materials and tools:

  1. scissors, paper knife, drawing ruler
  2. tweezers;
  3. glue brushes and paint;
  4. watercolors (or pencils), toothpicks;
  5. clear acrylic glue ("Moment", etc.);
  6. to print the model matte photo paper with a density of 170-180 g / m2; for small parts - 70-80 g / m2.

Build Tips:

  1. Before you assemble the part, read the drawings and instructions. Determine the place of each part and imagine its assembly;
  2. Make holes in details before cutting out the part;
  3. Cut only the part (s) you need right now. Unpacked items in a box, and unused sheets in a closed folder (as an option). Throwing out trash after work, carefully inspect the scrap paper;
  4. To better fold the part, it is necessary to hold the ruler along the fold line, pressing lightly with the blunt side of the knife or a toothpick so as not to damage the paper surface. Better to do it from the wrong side of the part;
  5. Keep your fingers clean and be sure to use wipes to wipe your hands, because hands may get dirty in the process;
  6. wind up cylindrical parts before gluing onto a round object of a suitable diameter, this will give them shape;
  7. Before gluing it is necessary to paint the ends of the part. White crop lines spoil the overall look of the model. To paint the ends, use watercolors or gouache paints. After selecting the desired color, apply them in a thin layer, then allow the paint to dry. About markers better to forget;
  8. Take your time with gluing. First, cut out the part, paint it from the end, wait for the paint to dry, assemble the part. Attach it to the place where it should be to make sure everything is done correctly. And only then stick. Do not forget to let the glue dry.

A bit of history

Pe-3 Heavy Soviet Fighter

In the summer of 1941, a Soviet-era interceptor was needed for anti-aircraft bombarding and reconnaissance aircraft. To make such a plane quickly could only be based on the serial machine. Therefore, we settled on the “fighter past” » Pe-2 front bomber.

By the decision of the State Defense Committee of August 2, 1941, the Moscow Aviation Plant No. 39 was ordered to produce a fighter version of the Pe-2 bomber before August 6. Only four days were allocated for work related to a radical change in many important systems, in particular, fuel, for the alteration of weapons and radio equipment. And on August 7 the first prototype twin-engine fighter, which later received the designation Pe-3 in accordance with the existing order - to assign to the fighters odd serial numbers, unlike planes of all other assignments - went into the air under the control of the factory test pilot Major Fedorov. It is hardly possible to find another example of such efficiency in the history of aviation, because only seven days passed between the order for the car and its exit to state tests.

The fighter aircraft was somewhat reinforced by offensive weapons, having placed an additional 12.7 mm machine gun of a caliber of 12.7 ammunition with an ammunition in the nose of the fuselage. Thus, the nose assembly of the prototype aircraft consisted of two large-caliber machine guns BK and one ShKAS with 750 rounds.On serial Pe-3 machinegun TGTKAS removed, but increased the ammunition at BKDO 250 rounds per barrel.

The top turret set of the navigator with the LLIKAC machine gun was taken unchanged from the Pe-2. Since there was no one to go back and down, they remembered about the spent fighter for the high-altitude fighter «100» tail fixed installation of the SHKAS machine gun with an ammunition of 250 cartridges, which was mounted in the tail cock of the fuselage. Bomber installation radically simplified.

The experienced aircraft, converted from the Pe-2 serial bomber, already finished, had a factory N9 391606 (which meant the sixth aircraft of the sixteenth series of the plant No. 39), weighed 7860 kg at normal loading. The empty mass was 5890 kg. During tests at the Red Army Air Force Research Institute, the following basic performance characteristics were achieved: maximum speed at an altitude of 5,000 m is 530 km / h, a ceiling is 8,800 m and a maximum flight range of 2,150 km. These data were considered satisfactory, and already on August 14, Plant No. 39 received an order to launch Pe-3 serial production. The terms of implementation again established very stringent. By August 25, the plant was supposed to assemble 5 planes on the model of an experienced one, and starting from that day - completely switch over to the production of the Pe-3.

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