The Fieseler Fi 156 Storch has some of the most advanced aerodynamics for an aircraft ever produced. Recognized by some as being the first Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) aircraft, with the right headwind, it could take off in a very short space, and land in the same length from the tip of the left wing to the tip of the right wing. These remarkable characteristics made it very successful in not just a reconnaissance aircraft, but also a rescue craft.
The kit went together very nicely, with only minimal filler needed on the underside of the fuselage and some trimming needed to get the rudder to fit snuggly with the other half of the fuselage.
The decals went on nice and smooth, and after applying some Micro-sol, settled nicely over the raised detail.
This was my first kit I have actually completed after a couple of years of on again, off again modeling. I am pleased with the result and still learning a whole lot. My local hobbystore over here in New Zealand has been very helpful in providing me with some reference books and information about some confusing instruction details. This is one kit that I will be picking up again if I see it!
Photos and text © by James Eden