Pkf 85 Falke

Development History

Model Parts List  

Above: Kow's original scratch build.

Development History
Below is my cleaned up interpretation of a translated Hobby Japan article.

Development:

The pkf 85 Falke was a rapid development project based upon captured Strahl technology. The SDR had deployed small antigravity drones in the battlefield such as the Neuspotter and Krachenvogel, but the antigravity field was dangerous to humans. There was not a practical vehicle application of AG technology until the SDR developed the Firefly. The experimental XK-427 Firefly was a two manned antigravity aircraft. On its maiden voyage, March 3rd, 2885, it crashed landed into Mercenary territory. The pilot escaped and the FireFly was recovered intact. From this captured technology, the Mercenary Laboratories developed the AGhc.120TRM antigravity lift system The Mercenary Army quickly adapted the AG technology and developed the first prototype of the Falke.

On June 14th, 2885 at the Kulelvo Air Force Base, the Air Force Marshall flew the first test flights and was so impressed with the Falke's performance that he ordered production of 500 units to begin immediately. The Falkes were wanted to play a critical part in the large offensive Operation Super Hammer in early September. The Air Force Marshall was adamant that at least 100 Falkes were needed to participate in the offensive. Production was slow which pushed back the offensive until September 23rd, 2885. Because of the delay in the launch date, Operation Super Hammer lost its golden window of opportunity and was detected by the SDR and the offensive ended in disaster for the Mercenary Army. The Falke had a successful combat debut in Operation Super Hammer despite the failure of the overall offensive. The Falkes disabled 13 SDR aircraft, and destroyed 9 aircraft, 25 armored vehicles and 78 non-armored vehicles to a loss of only 2 Falkes.

Performance:

The Falke was well armored and highly maneuverable. Its main weaknesses were the insufficient armament and lack of training for its pilots. Lack of machines and experienced maintenance personal and possible fuel shortages limited the pilot's training time dramatically. The first Falkes were equipped with the 2.3cm Mk54 minigun which had a tremendous rate of fire but lacked sufficient penetration power against heavily armored vehicles. A middle infrared laser was installed on a few Falkes but due to poor ventilation and it's instability in dense moisture in the atmosphere and dust from ground combat meant that the first laser systems were not a real success and many went back to the 2.3cm minigun. A heavier hitting 3.5cm minigun was installed on the second series of Falke to roll off the assembly line.

The real armament goal of the pilots was the Excimer high-output laser which was equipped on the SAFS Mk1 suits. However, priority for this laser went to the SAFS suits, so only 1 in 10 Falkes were ever equipped with this laser. It too suffered from dispersion in the atmosphere, but one hit was all it took to down an enemy aircraft. The Excimer laser equipped Falke was at its best when it was flying low on the battlefield and engaging ground targets.

The armor was more than adequate for such a small aircraft. The real mechanical weakness was the relatively brittle stabilizers.

Early Deployment:

The first 40 Falkes were delivered to the 1st and 2nd Troops of the 500th Special Fighting Bomber Air Force Division, with 16 delivered to each troop and 8 held in reserve. There were plans to equip the 3rd Troops with the Falke, but low production numbers meant that this Troop was equipped with captured enemy equipment; 13 Hornisse and 3 Fledermaus.

Notable JKG500 Pilots:

Commander 1st Troops Lieutenant General Annoi Jutireinen, the Top Ace downed 19 J-40 (S) Fledermaus and 3 PK40 Hornisse.

The Commander 2nd Troops General Halfe Jutireinen, brother of Annoi Jutireinen, downed 5 J-40 (S) Fledermaus and 1 PK40 Hornisse.

The 3rd Troops collectively shot down 4 PK40 Hornisse. They were lead by 2nd Lieutenant Erich Taube

Specifications:

Crew 1
Weight 4.8t
Length 5.75m
Width 4.3m
Height 1.7m
Armament 2.3cm Mk.54
Sight TZF5b f
Radio FuG43
Engine AGh. 120 TRM
Speed 820 km/hr
Range 2800 km
Armor
Model Parts List and Details
Above: Kow's original scratch build.

This list follows the same order presented in the Ma.K. Encylopedia Vol 1 p109.

12, 13, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26 Are used in the cockpit.

A Yakult yogurt drink bottle is required as the basis of the engine.

40mm Ping Pong Balls form the spherical Anti Gravity pods.

Bold Kit Names indicate models used in this build.

No.
Kit Name Part Details and Notes
1
Revell 1/32 P-38 Lightning main booms  - twin side boom

Spinner cone - boom intakes

Super chargers - boom AG pod exhaust

Exhaust caps - boom end exhaust

2
Nitto (Fujimi) 1/24 Toyota S800

Car body and undercarriage - center fuselage

Numerous parts - underside, engine, minigun and dive brake mount arm details

3
Entex 1/8 Mclaren M23

Side view mirror - air intake on left side of center section

Car Upper Body - Main body for trailer

4
Aoshima 1/600 RoggMak Armored laser domes - side hemispheres for dive brake mounts
5
Matchbox (Revell) 1/32 Dauntless Center dive brake - dive brakes
6
Italeri 1/35 Panzer IV

Running gear armored cover - small engine detail

Commander's copula - jet exhaust ring

Road wheel and leaf spring - wheels for trailer

7
Tamiya 1/35 Matilda

Spare track - underside detail

Turret Ring - Center AG sphere ring

8
Tomy (Douyuusya) 1/32 Hayate Drop tank - left boom bulge

Drop tank - TER cover

9
Fujimi 1/76 JagdTiger

Spare track - underside engine detail

Tow cables, shovel, ax, sledge hammer, starter crank - engine details

Breech guard - detail above minigun fender

Mud flaps - boom exhaust flap

10
Tamiya 1/35 6x4 Krupp Boxer

Transmission - nose mechanical detail

Muffler and exhaust pipe - underside engine detail

11
Tamiya 1/20 Williams FW07 Transmission - boom intake engine

Engine cover screen - right side boom pod

12
Tamiya 1/35 20mm Flak 38 Ammo Clips - interior detail beside seat back
13
Hasegawa 1/48 MD500 Defender Cockpit Console - Instrument panel in hatch
14
Italeri (Revell) 1/32 BO-105

Rocker Arms - Engine underside details

Rotor mechanism - mechanical parts on mini-gun

Rotor bearing - detail on minigun fender

15
Hasegawa 1/72 Aircraft Weapons Set #2

Missile half  - air intake on right boom

TER Pod - right boom side detail

16
Bandai 1/100 Xabungle Government Type Torso inner panel - Rudder shaped detail on underside next to engine
17
Hasegawa 1/8 Clerget Engine

Cylinder head half - engine detail on underside

18
Tamiya 1/48 Hayate

Drop tank - tank under left wheel well

19
Tamiya 1/35 SAS Jeep

Seat backs- underside detail

20
Hasegawa 1/48 A6M5 Zero Instrument panel - hatch detail
21
Tamiya 1/20 Racing Team Set

Equipment and tools used as is

Driver - Falke Pilot

Mechanics - ground crew

Lap Counter - hatch detail

22
Tamiya 1/35 Sd.kfz 250/3 Greif

Console arm rest - bulge nest to pilot's head

Pipes - Cockpit detail next to Cylon Raider nose

23
Monogram (Bandai) Cylon Raide Nose detail-interior detail behind seat back
24
Tamiya 1/12 Honda CB750F Turn signal - bump on center section
25
Tokyo Marui 1/24 De Tomaso Pantera Seat - Head rest
26
Tamiya 1/35 Churchill Crocodile Trailer hitch - detail on trailer bed jet exhaust rest
27
Crown 1/20 Comtesse Sport Car - service vehicle to pull trailer
28
Hasegawa 1/72 F-18 Hornet Nose landing strut - mechanical detail behind minigun
29
Fujimi 1/76 Matilda Road wheels - four disks on sides of booms
30
Arii 1/24 Skyline Steering mechanism - divebrake mount arm

Front seat - cockpit seat

31
Bandai 1/24 P-51 Mustang 500lb bomb - Main body of minigun
32
Unknown spinner intake fan
33
Unknown cockpit hatch sensor
34
Unknown fan belt - detail in right inner boom
Above: Kow's original scratch build.