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A new 'Eagles' Render folks, thrown together using Pedros models free from

We concentrate on the one at the rear..

The Heinkel He 51 was a German single-seat biplane which was produced in a number of different versions. It was initially developed as a fighter, and a seaplane variant and a ground-attack version were also developed. It was a development of the earlier He 49..

The type was ordered into production for the still secret Luftwaffe as the He 51, the first pre-production aircraft flying in May 1933. Deliveries started in July of the next year..
The He 51 was intended to replace the earlier Arado Ar 65, but served side-by-side with the slightly later Ar 68. The He 51 was outdated the day it entered service, and after an initial run of 150 production fighters, the design was switched into the modified He 51B, with approximately 450 built, including about 46 He 51B-2 floatplanes, and then finally a further 100 He 51C light ground-attack plane..

On 6 August 1936, six of the He 51s were delivered to Spain to fight in the Spanish Civil War along with the fraction of the army in revolt. Initial operations were successful, with the Heinkels meeting and defeating a number of older biplane of the Spanish Republican Air Force, with two Nieuport Ni-52 fighters, a Breguet 19 and a Potez 54 destroyed on 18 August 1936, the first day of operations by Spanish-flown He 51s. Deliveries continued as the hostilities increased, with two Nationalist squadrons equipped by November, and the Legion Condor forming three squadrons of 12 aircraft each manned by German 'volunteers'..

This time of superiority was short lived, with the arrival of large numbers of modern aircraft from the Soviet Union, including the Polikarpov I-15 biplane and new Polikarpov I-16 monoplane, together with the Tupolev SB bomber, which was 70 mph faster. The He 51 proved unable to protect the Legion Condor's bombers, forcing it to switch to night operations, while also unable to intercept the much faster SB. The He 51 was therefore withdrawn from fighter duty and relegated to the ground-attack role by both the Legion Condor and the Spanish rebels..
While a failure as a fighter, the Heinkel proved successful as a ground-attack aircraft, being used by Wolfram von Richthofen to develop the close support tactics which were used by the Luftwaffe in World War II..

The He 51 continued in front-line service with the Luftwaffe until 1938, with it remaining in service as an advanced trainer for the first few years of World War II..

Maximum speed: 205 mph.
Cruise speed: 174 mph.
Range: 354 mi.
Service ceiling: 25,256 ft.

Hope you like, the background is actually mine Yay!

October 22, 2012
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Oct 22, 2012 11:47:21 am
This is one super cool image Rob, great work as always

by magnus073 Homepage »

Oct 22, 2012 12:05:38 pm
Again a very good work i realy like this kind of work a new aventure ((5++))

by mickeyrony Homepage »

Oct 22, 2012 12:15:23 pm
Oppps... had to change my comment as you changed the write up lol.

Very cool image and history Rob and you can understand why they used these for a while as a trainer. A good aircraft by all accounts.

Very nice work on the positioning, very daredevil and lovely clear lighting. It matches the sky well :)

by Maxidyne Online Now!   Homepage »

Oct 22, 2012 12:30:43 pm
It is very nice. I thank you for it. 5+!

by Fidelity2 Homepage »

Oct 22, 2012 1:06:27 pm
Fantastic work and narrative Rob even down to being able to see the two pilots!

by jayfar Online Now!   Homepage »

Oct 22, 2012 1:58:57 pm
Whoa, a very close range 'Buzz'...a cool looking render Rob, must check out those planes!

by tigertim Homepage »

Oct 22, 2012 3:43:17 pm
Fine work. That He-51 is very close to the Bucker Jungmann!

by Buffalo1 Homepage »

Oct 22, 2012 4:34:16 pm
Very cool POV and interesting history

by Faemike55 Homepage »

Oct 22, 2012 4:39:52 pm
Ahhhh!!! the often overlooked tactic, if you can't shoot 'em down, the old fixed undercarriage to the back of the skull should do it... :-)
Cool image Rob, nice angle on the action and good lighting (and prop blurr ;-)

by neiwil Homepage »

Oct 22, 2012 6:18:41 pm
Ohoh, this manoeuvre looks some kind of risky, cool action render!!

by munich68 Online Now!   Homepage »

Oct 22, 2012 6:38:23 pm
Really close one-on-one in this striking rendering, Rob. The prop blur looks magnificent.
Is this supposed to be a dogfight or just some aerial maneuvers?
In any event, great composition, contrasted against your own sky shot.

by goodoleboy Homepage »

Oct 22, 2012 6:58:53 pm
excellent scene

by flavia49 Homepage »

Oct 22, 2012 7:53:38 pm
Wow! A really incredible action render, Rob! You've really made some strides with your 3D rendering, mate! Most excellent work! And as always the historical information is great!

by RodS Homepage »

Oct 23, 2012 3:46:29 am
Nice job!

by Inspired_Art Homepage »

Oct 23, 2012 6:57:39 am
Maybe it's his way of trimming the swastika off aircraft...???
What happens next? Very hair raising encounter...

by Briney Homepage »

Oct 23, 2012 7:24:08 am
A wonderful masterpiece of work Rob.

by dakotabluemoon Homepage »

Oct 23, 2012 5:53:46 pm
Great job and great story Rob. We appreciate the mention.

by pcaparrosc Homepage »

Oct 28, 2012 7:05:57 am
aero history at it's finest!

by 1358 Homepage »

Dec 11, 2012 4:26:05 pm
#1671 In my out of here count down.... I was her and I enjoyed the view.

by HADCANCER Homepage »


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