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Henschel Hs 126

Orange • 2008
Autor(zy)Robert Panek, Robert Pęczkowski
IlustratorKrzysztof Wołowski
ISBN978-83-89450-40-1
Data wydania2008-08-01
SeriaOrange
Nr katalogowy8108
KategoriaAvailable KategoriaDostępne
FormatB5, 208 stron (48 w kolorze)
Cena71.00 PLN Cena17.99 GBP
Hs 126 był odpowiednikiem Lysandera w Luftwaffe, klasyczny górnopłat STOL do współpracy z Armią. Książka opisuje rozwój konstrukcji oraz użycie bojowe. Ilustrowana olbrzymią ilością zdjęć ( w większości pierwszy raz opublikowanymi) planami wszystkich wersji w skali 1/72. Malowania wszystkich użytkowników łącznie z Grecją, Estonią, ZSRR i samolotami zdobycznymi. Książka po angielsku.
The Henschel Hs126 was the Luftwaffe equivalent of the Lysander, a classic high-wing STOL army cooperation aircraft. Like the Lysander, it proved too vulnerable in wartime operations, and was quickly relegated to training and glider tug roles. It had a renaissance later in the war as a night attack bomber on the Eastern Front. The Hs126 also saw service in Spain, Latvia, Soviet Union and Greece. This book describes the development and operations of the Hs126, and is illustrated with many photos and colour profiles, plus scale plans. Over 350 previously unpublished wartime photos are included
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  • Hyperscale.com • 2013-03-05

    Reviewed by Peter Mitchell

    F i r s t R e a d

    The Henschel 126 is often thought of as the Luftwaffe’s equivalent of the Westland Lysander. Indeed the two had much in common; both were designed before the Second World War as a high wing STOL army co-operation aircraft, the two had similar performance and like the Lysander the Hs 126 was found to be too vulnerable by mid-war for frontline service in the absence of total air superiority. Relegated to roles behind the lines the Hs 126 ended its service as a training and target tug aircraft.

    This is an impressive addition to a long line of quality books published by Mushroom Model Publications. It is quite a thick little volume; jam packed with pretty much all you could want to know about the Hs 126.

    Printed on glossy high quality A5 paper the books text is informative and easy to read, and its content is logically broken down chapter by chapter.

    The book starts by detailing the development of the Hs 126 from prototype through all the types’ modifications and development. This section also includes some excellent 1/72 drawings.

    From there the types use in combat is detailed starting with the Luftwaffe and spaning its service with the Condor Legion in Spain and then on through Poland, France and the Russian and North African campaigns.

    This is followed by a section on foreign users (including of all nations, Australia, since one example was captured by 450 Sqn RAAF and used as a squadron hack). Both chapters are accompanied by a large selection of quality wartime photographs. The main section of this book deals with the Hs 126 in detail and consists of over 70 pages lavishly illustrated with detailed photos and original technical drawings including 11 pages in full colour.

    Finally the last chapter consists of some 50 beautifully produced colour profiles; this is not difficult to do since the Hs 126 saw service on all fronts where the Wehrmacht was engaged and consequently there is a huge variety and some exotic schemes are included.

    I highly recommend this book. As a compact but comprehensive modelling resource it would be hard to beat and would be an invaluable reference for anyone wishing to super-detail their kit of the Hs 126. For anyone building the new Vector 1/48 resin kit I feel it will prove to be an invaluable guide.

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  • IPMSUSA.org • 2013-03-05
    Reviewed By Floyd Werner Jr, IPMS# 26266 Not as flamboyant as the Bf-109 nor as popular, the Henschel Hs-126 was designed before WWII as a photo recon aircraft for the Luftwaffe. Until now there has been very little written about this significant Army cooperation aircraft. With the release of two new Hs-126s the need for information has finally brought this aircraft some long overdue recognition. This softbound book contains 208 pages with over 350 black and white photos, most previously unpublished, as well as, over 30 color photos. Featuring 50 color profiles that cover every version and sub variant of this aircraft this is an inspiration for the modeler. Typical of the Orange Series, the Hs-126 is covered with 1/72nd scale drawings of every model and nuance of the aircraft. If that isn't enough, how about plenty of extracts from the wartime manuals? There are plenty of those as well. The text is easy to read and well written. The photos are exceptional in their quality and content. The drawings that are interspersed throughout the book are beautiful renderings and are accompanied with photos to highlight the particular feature. The second chapter is the Combat use by the Luftwaffe. This follows the aircraft throughout its use from the Condor Legion to the end of the war as a night attack aircraft on the Eastern Front. A section in this chapter covers the units that used the Hs-126. The next chapter covers the Hs-126 in Foreign Service. The Hs-126 was operated by Spain, Lithuania, Greece, Estonia, Australia, Sweden and the USSR. Ok so the Aussies used a captured one in the desert and the USSR used some captured Lithuanian aircraft, but there are photos of the aircraft. Detail photos are the next chapter which will be important to modelers. This section contains plenty of operational photos, however the best thing are drawings from the aircraft manual. Beautiful drawings of everything, and I mean everything, is included in the chapter. I think that this chapter alone could be a walk around book. It is broken down by section, fuselage, wings, tail, undercarriage, armament, engine, canopy and cockpit. If this isn't enough at the end of this section is a color section of Hs-126 from the Polish Aviation Museum and the only remaining sections at Berlin's Aviation Museum. Beautiful color profiles are included. This is the section that always motivates me when it comes to modeling. I like to have a picture of what my finished model will look like and there are certainly lots to choose from. Prototypes, four color scheme and the typical RLM 70/71/65 scheme as well as white wash and desert schemes will make deciding a paint scheme difficult. Never the glamorous aircraft like a fighter it nonetheless is an important aircraft, especially in the photo recon and Army cooperation roles early in the war. The Hs-126 proved to be vulnerable aircraft that continued to do its job until the end of the war despite the heavy losses. The photos and drawings will provide plenty of inspiration and motivation for the modeler. If you want to round out your Luftwaffe aircraft collection then this is a great book to start with. Let me sum this whole review up in one sentence. This is THE only book on the Hs-126 that you will ever need. It doesn't get much better than this. Highly recommended
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  • SAMI • 2013-03-05
    Review by Paul E. Eden Given the excellence of Peczkowski¹s earlier volume on the Me 210/410, it comes as no surprise to find that his co-authoring of Hs 126 has influenced a superb book. Termed by Mushroom as a Maxi Size book, it has some 208 pages, carrying the usual mix of evolution (with variants depicted in detailed 1:72 scale drawings), operational history (primarily pictorial), detail (using photographs and manual drawings) and colour artwork. The latter, over 36 pages, includes a surprising variety of schemes and while it¹s not vintage Mushroom, it¹s still very good. The Hs 126 is another of my favourite aircraft regular readers, I make no excuse for having so many favourites and this book satisfies me immensely. It should also satisfy anyone modelling the Hs 126, or Luftwaffe aircraft in general and it is a fine addition to the Mushroom catalogue and to our reference libraries. The book can be purchased for £17.99 from your favourite specialist retailer, or for £19.50, including postage and packing in the UK and Europe, direct from the publisher at 36 Ver Road, Redbourn, Hertfordshire, AL3 7PE, UK
  • InternetModeler.com • 2013-03-05
    Review by By Chris Banyai-Riepl Tackling one of the lesser-known fields of aviation, the latest book from Mushroom examines an attractive Luftwaffe observation aircraft, the Henschel Hs 126. Given that the observation mission is the oldest military role for aircraft, it is surprising that more titles are not out there on these interesting types. Perhaps this book will help rekindle interest in observation types, at least during the Second World War. The Henschel Hs 126, along with the Westland Lysander, marked the pinnacle of traditional observation and army cooperation aircraft. With its excellent slow-speed handling and high wing, the Hs 126 was a steady reconnaissance platform. However, the dramatic improvements in fighter aircraft quickly rendered the type obsolete, and soon the Fw 189 began to replace the Hs 126 in combat units. Still, the Henschel soldiered on, performing admirably against guerilla and partisan forces, where the threat from aerial fighters was minimal. Additionally, the Hs 126 found its way into the air forces of several nations, including Spain, Greece, and Estonia, among others. For those unfamiliar with the Mushroom Orange Series, this book provides a comprehensive look at the aircraft, from its development to its operational record and foreign service. In addition to the historical context, the book also includes copious detail photos and period photos, all of which will be useful to both the historian and modeler alike. Completing the book is no less than fifty aircraft in illustration, with many of those including multiple views. The Hs 126 tended to be bland in general, but camouflage requirements led to many of these aircraft adopting interesting temporary schemes. This is another great addition to the Mushroom Orange series, and a nice counterpoint to the many books out there on the Lysander. This should be a welcome part to any Luftwaffe reference library. My thanks to Mushroom for the review copy.
  • www.aerostories.org • 2013-03-05
    It is what I call a good idea. So far, not much has been published on this aircraft, and this book is very welcome to fill the gap. Even if this monoplane is very known of the French and British pilots in the first year of the war, this aircraft is sometimes forgotten because it is not enter into the fighter or bomber category, but in the co-operation aircraft category like was the Lysander. Nevertheless, this aircraft was one of the clue which made possible the success of the Blitzkrieg in 1940, because the Hs126 was the eyes of the Panzers. But losses were high, and its withdrawal from front line units accelerated after 1940. The final withdrawal occurred in 1942, and the Hs126 was then used in other roles until the end of the war but far from the spotlights. Like the Hawker Hart family published in the same series, the structure of the book is similar. After introduction on the type, the author describes the few variants of the Hs126, followed by the operational use. A very good point for the book, is the list of all the known units of the Luftwaffe which were equipped at a time with the Hs126 giving good references to the reader. The latter can find many nice photographs, many being little known or unpublished, and for this, the purchase of this book becomes compulsory for anyone who find an interest in the Luftwaffe. Among the oddities, the Estonian machines, which were later repainted with the Red start when Estonia was invaded by the Soviet Union in 1940. As usual with this series, a special part is reserved for the modellers with photos of detail of all parts of the aircraft. Some technical drawings taken from the technical manual is also added. At the end of the book 20 pages of colour profiles illustrate the book. So, without hesitation I can recommend the book because it gives the best reference for the moment on the type, with good photographs, a condensed text, and many illustrations. Phil Listemann
  • ModelingMadness.com • 2013-03-05
    Reviewer: Scott Van Aken This new book from Mushroom Models Publications is on the Henschel Hs-126, a type that isn't exactly on the top of everyone's 'cool aircraft' list. Yet this workhorse provided sterling service to the Luftwaffe throughout the war despite production stopping in 1940 after some 900 had been constructed. The termination of production was following the types high losses during the Battle for France. This showed that in order for observation types like this to be effective, they had to operate in a climate where there was total air superiority. The HS-126, like the British Lysander, was pretty well a sitting duck for enemy fighters as it was unable to speed away and had no real air to air offensive capabilities. This book on the 126 is superbly done, as are all in this series. There is a full development history along with the subtypes produced. Then the book goes into a description of the airframe itself, including the various systems and armaments carried. The meat of the book is in its operational history. Most of this is with the Luftwaffe, starting with the Condor Legion in Spain and going through the various theaters of operation. A place where these types were quite effective was in the Balkans and Russia where they were used for anti-partisan operations on one hand and for spotting and general reconnaissance in the other. The Russian campaign was one where local air superiority was often easy to maintain so allowed the 126 to perform its primary function. A few were provided to other nations and a few were captured during the war and those are covered as well. Next section is as much of a 'walkaround' as one can get without a fully extant airframe. Period photos and diagrams from the technical manuals come in very handy in this section. There are artifacts of the aircraft which exist and photos of those bits are included. Perhaps one day a full airframe will emerge. Of course there are many pages of superbly drawn profiles, something these books are well known for providing. In all, it is another exemplary book from the folks at Mushroom Models Publication. The finest I've seen on the type and one that I know you will enjoy reading and find useful for your projects. An added bonus is that this one is a full 208 pages. September 2008
  • Cybermodeler.com • 2013-03-05
    By Ray Mehlberger Mushroom Model Publications is based in the UK. Their books are printed in Poland, in the English language, by Stratus. This book is in their usual format of soft-cover in 9” x 6 ½” format. However, this new book has more pages in it than usual, at 208 of them and the cover announces that it has EXTRA CONTENT. This latest book from Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) describes the design, development and operational use of the Hs 126, the principal German Army co-operation aircraft of the Luftwaffe in the early years of WWII. A classic high-wing monoplane, designed for short take-off and landing and good visibility for the observer, it was the German equivalent of the RAF’s “Lysander”. It faired equally badly when faced with enemy opposition! The Henschel Hs 126 remained in front-line service rather longer than the Lysander, as the Luftwaffe could establish air superiority on some fronts, but was rapidly replaced by faster and more potent aircraft as these became available. In second-line service, the Hs 126 was used as a trainer and tow plane, but late in the war it found a new operational niche as a short-range night bomber on the Eastern Front. The Hs 126 was used by several air arms: In Spain – 6 were used by the Legion Condor and after the Civil War 5 were sold to Spain, Lithuania – got one when Polish anti-aircraft fire damaged it and it landed in Lithuania and was interned, the USSR captured 5, Sweden got 5 when they landed there and were interned, Greece ordered 16 in 1939, Estonia bought 6 and Australia got one captured one. All versions of the Hs 126 are described and illustrated. There are 268 black and white wartime photos, one color photo on the cover, 45 color profiles and 15 black and white line drawings in 1/72nd scale Aircraft illustrated in the profiles are: Hs 126V-2 (illustrated twice. Once with an in-line engine and once with a radial) Hs 126V-3 Hs 126A-0 (illustrated four times) Hs 126A-1 (illustrated four times) Hs 126B-1 (illustrated 29 times. Four times in winter white wash and once on skis. Once illustrated with a tow hook and once with skis) All the above in Luftwaffe markings. Hs 126B-1 in Estonian markings Hs 126B-1 in captured USSR markings Hs 126K-1 in captured British markings Hs 126K-1 in Greek marking Hs 126B-1 in Latvian markings Hs 126B-1 in captured British markings Hs 126B-1 (illustrated twice in Legion Condor markings) Twelve of these color illustrations are 2-views, showing the aircrafts in profile and under the wings. Another 5 are 2-views showing the aircrafts in profile and above the wings. Two more are 3-views showing the aircrafts in profile and above and below the wings. One illustration is a 4-view that shows the aircraft in winter-white wash from both sides, top and bottom. There are 15 color photos of engines out of Hs 126’s in the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow. One is the BMW 032 used in the first series Hs 126A and the other is the Bramo engine. An additional 17 color photos of the walk-around type are from the Aviation Museum in Berlin. These show a small section of the Hs 126’s fuselage, a wheel and landing gear leg and the tail unit that is stored there, but not yet restored at all. There are no less than 79 illustrations out of a Hs 126 tech manual. The Henschel Hs 126 is offered as kits by Matchbox (kit no. MBX26 - $17.05) and Revell of Germany (Kit no. REV04398 - $15.50) both in 1/72nd scale and available at Great Models.. There is a 1/48th scale resin kit by Hand-Made Limited Kits brand (kit no. MPHML003 - $87.45) also at Great Models. Squadron brand makes a vacuformed canopy for the Hs 126 in 1/72nd scale (set no. SQT9127 - $2.65) at Great Models. This book will be a valuable reference to do any one of these kits or great reading for the arm chair aircraft historian. Highly recommended. The back of the book announces a future release of “Potez 63 Family”, the reprint of “Westland Lysander” and a new “Gloster Gladiator” book.
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  • internetmodeler.com second review • 2013-03-05

    By Brian Wiedemann

    Henschel's sturdy army co-op plane, the Hs 126, has generally taken a second seat in the modeling world, behind it's more popular counterpart, the Fieseler Storch. Mushroom Model Publication has stepped up to shed some light on the Henschel with their recent, photo-packed monograph.

    Coming in at over 200 pages, this "Orange Series" title follows the publisher's well-known format with a concise history and overall description, technical notes and photos, followed by a massive assortment of mostly unpublished Hs 126 photos showing it at work in all theaters it served. Non-Luftwaffe users are also covered, including some intriguing photos of Greek Henschels with their distinct green and sand camo. small assortment of surviving relics is also included; no complete Hs 126s survived the war. A final section of 50 high quality side profiles should provide ample inspiration to the modeler.

    In sum, another fine title from the Mushroom Model team. This will be a valuable reference for anyone working the venerable Airfix kit, or a announced, upcoming ICM kit in quarter scale.

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  • Koszaliński Portal Modelarski • 2011-07-14

    Monografia samolotu Henschel HS-126 to kolejne wspólne dzieło Wydawnictwa Stratus oraz Mushroom Model Publications. Wydana została w ramach „Pomarańczowej Serii” w 2008r. Powyższa spółka edytorska słynie z wysokiej jakości anglojęzycznych wydawnictw monograficznych, nie inaczej jest w przypadku opracowania poświęconego jednemu z najbardziej znanych samolotów rozpoznawczych ostatniej wojny.

    Praca autorstwa Roberta Panka i Roberta Pęczkowskiego została wydana w formacie B5 na kredowym papierze wysokiej jakości. Od strony edytorskiej również nie można nic zarzucić. Teraz najważniejsze czyli meritum. Na 208 stronach znajdujemy bardzo szczegółowe kompendium wiedzy na temat historii rozwoju HS -126, użycia operacyjnego i samej konstrukcji samolotu oczywiście przy uwzględnieniu zmian wprowadzonych przez cały proces produkcyjny. Opisy są bardzo szczegółowe, mnie zwłaszcza ucieszył fakt, że autorzy opisali również działania poszczególnych jednostek wyposażonych w ten typ samolotu wraz z uwzględnieniem oznaczeń kodowych większości z nich. Gratka dla tych, którym nie wystarczają malowania przewidziane przez producentów modeli.

    Opisy uzupełnia 350 wysokiej jakości zdjęć, jak zaznacza wydawca większość z nich jest publikowana po raz pierwszy. Jest naprawdę co oglądać, bo w wielu wypadkach nie tylko ukazują jakże przydatne dla modelarzy szczegóły konstrukcji samolotu, ale również mogą być doskonałą inspiracją do budowy lotniskowych dioram. Kolejna bardzo mocną strona publikacji są rysunki techniczne z oryginalnej dokumentacji samolotu, znajdziemy tam sporo przydatnych informacji, jak np. otwierały się poszczególne luki inspekcyjne, czy jaki przebieg miały szwy nitowe. Ponadto zamieszczono plany Henschla w skali 1/72. 48 stron książki wydrukowano w kolorze. Zamieszczono na nich kilkanaście schematów malowania oraz zdjęcia wraku HS-126 z Muzeum Techniki w Berlinie oraz silników Bramo 323 Fafnir oraz BMW 132, eksponatów MLiK w Krakowie.

    Reasumując pozycja bardzo przydatna dla wszystkich, którzy zamierzają budować model tego ciekawego samolotu. Pomoże wszystkim chcącym zmierzyć się z nieco już leciwymi Airfixami i Italeri w skali 1/72 a korzystanie z niej przy budowie i tak bardzo szczegółowych modeli ukraińskiego ICMu w skali 1/48 uczyni z nich bardzo wierne repliki. Opracowanie naprawdę godne polecenia.

    Dziękujemy wydawnictwu Stratus za udostępnienie publikacji do recenzji. Marcin

    "Marwaw" Wawrzynkowski

  • Gildia Literatury • 2011-07-14

    Zdany na rozpoznanie

    Data publikacji artykułu: 12 grudnia 2008

    Autor: Hubert Kuberski

    Tytułowy bohater książki Roberta Panka i Roberta Pęczkowskiego nie był samolotem tak szeroko rozreklamowanym jak Bf-109 czy "Stuka". Henschel Hs 126 nie był nawet popularny wśród żołnierzy, choć to im służył, dokonując taktycznego rozpoznania fotograficznego. Fascynatom lotnictwa samolot ten, który był ważnym elementem współpracy Luftwaffe z Wehrmachtem w trakcie blitzkriegu, został przypomniany w książce o tytule "Henschel Hs 126".

    Wydana w miękkiej oprawie, składa się z 208 stron zawierających 350 zdjęć czarno-białych oraz 32 fotografie w kolorze. Uzupełnia je 50 profili kolorowych, pokazujących schematy malowania wszystkich wersji tego samolotu. Drugi z rozdziałów książki został poświęcony bojowemu wykorzystaniu Hs 126. Autorzy przypominają o chrzcie bojowym samolotu w barwach Legionu Condor, a także wykorzystywaniu płatowca Henschla do nocnych ataków szturmowych na wzór działań sowieckich "kukuryźników". Te samoloty były używane do tropienia partyzantów podczas okrutnych działań na zapleczu frontu wschodniego Rozdział kończy spis wszystkich jednostek latających na Hs 126. Bardzo interesująco przedstawia się rozdział służbie Hs 126 pod innymi sztandarami. Co ciekawe samolot ten wykorzystywali Hiszpanie, Litwini, Grecy, Estończycy, Australijczycy, Szwedzi, a nawet Sowieci.

    Fotografie detali samolotu Hs 126 mają pierwszorzędne znaczenie dla modelarzy. Edycję wzbogaca prawie osiemdziesiąt ilustracji z oryginalnej instrukcji obsługi tego samolotu, ujawniających szczegóły konstrukcyjne kadłuba, kabiny, skrzydeł, ogona, podwozia, silnika i uzbrojenia. Całość uzupełniają kolorowe zdjęcia współcześnie zachowanych fragmentów Hs 126 w muzeum w Krakowie (silnika BMW 032 używanego w pierwszych seriach Hs 126A) i Berlinie (małego fragmentu kadłuba, kół i goleni podwozia).

    Dla niezaznajomionych z Orange Series należy zwrócić uwagę, że książka Roberta Panka i Roberta Pęczkowskiego ukazuje samolot Hs 126 w pełnej perspektywie – od rozwoju konstrukcyjnego po działania bojowe. Niewielka ilość tekstu zawiera rozwinięte informacje o tym mało znanym samolocie. To te samotne, niewinnie wyglądające samoloty mogli widzieć nasi dziadkowie. Ich pojawienie się zwiastowało rychłe bombardowanie i ostrzeliwanie kolumn, ewakuujących się na wschód.

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