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Autore: Alessandro
Missile RS 82 ground version launchers 1/35 Scale Plus Model 

Missile RS 82 ground version launchers 1/35 Scale Plus Model 

Russian RS 82 rockets in the ground version with a launcher. Made by 3D printing.

The RS-82 (Cyrillic PC-82 from реактивный снаряд) was an unguided solid fuel rocket for aerial use, developed in the Soviet Union in the late 1920s. The acronym used related to the diameter of the bomb, 82 mm.

Widely used as armament of fighter and ground attack aircraft used by the Voenno-vozdušnye sily (V-VS), the Soviet Air Force, during the Second World War, numerous developments were the forefathers of war and remained in service until the advent of the most sophisticated air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles.

It was also used in the Katyuša rocket launcher systems mounted on the BM-24-8 (BM-8) and BM-13 self-propelled guns.

The weapon found widespread use during the Second World War on V-VS aircraft starting from 1942, when the quantities produced and the better preparation of the pilots for its use made its use of marked importance. The body of the bomb was propelled by the combustion of the propellant at a speed of 340 m per second, sufficient to sustain a flat trajectory for 1500 m, after which it lost precision, especially in the fight against the German “Schnellbombers”. For use as an anti-bomber, the warheads were usually of the HE type, with 3.2 kg of full explosive, with an impact fuze. The warheads of the rockets intended for Ilyushin Il-2 bombers and Il-10 attack aircraft were mostly of the shrapnel or HEAT type, therefore aimed at destroying ground targets. These devices had the ability to destroy even the Panzer VI Tiger I and Panther tanks with a single shot, thus being fundamental in the conduct of the Battle of Kursk, and launched against moving troops they also proved to have a high psychological potential on men. , comparable to that of the “Jericho Trumpets” mounted on the German Stukas. The ground attack was usually carried out at “zero altitude”, with a rapid action of the aircraft a few meters above the ground which combined the launch of the rocket with its covering fire carried out with the on-board weapons, to prevent any anti-aircraft initiatives on the field . In this way, hitting the target was safer, but it meant exposing oneself to violent enemy counterattack, which, if it was a marginal factor for heavily armored planes like the Ilyushin, was not for other plywood-covered Soviet fighters. . at all, and therefore preferred to attack the target with gentle dives of 75° or less, depending on the aircraft.