They are printed in Fine Detail Plastic and arrive caged together to avoid loss or damage.
The tiny observation baskets are connected by a sprue to each envelope and so need to be carefully removed and remounted.
These balloons were used in considerable numbers as battlefield lookouts and artillery spotters. Early in WW1, cruisers in the navies of several countries were equipped with kite balloons to detect enemy submarines and protect the cruisers against their attacks. It soon became standard practice for the kite balloon to stay completely steady in the air at altitudes ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 m, even in winds of up to 65 km/hr (40 m.p.h.)
1:700 and 1:600 scale versions are also available in the shop HERE. For these there are separate designs for printing in either "Fine Detail Plastic" or "Versatile Plastic" (nylon.)
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