I have found two more types I am certain flew before September 1,
1945, the FH-1 Phantom (with one engine and the Bell P-83. ANy resin
or vacuform for these two?
Also I suppose the Dehaviland Vampire prototype requires a lot of
cutting from the kits of later variants.
Formaplane did an FH-1. I'd swear I remember an XP-83 from somebody in
resin. If not, except for the fuselage, most of the plane is similar to
I believe Vampire prototype had different vertical tails, more like a
trapezoid with two right angles on the trailing edge.
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.
You think you have a problem? I did mine on all the secret, test, and
operational German jet and rocket fighter, attack, and recon aircraft in
1/72 scale... including all the designed ones... I finally gave up after
filling a book case with them and still needing more.
I've got 44 of them now.
I didn't want them to get boring so tried to do variations of accurate
German camouflage schemes on them that varied in some way from aircraft
to aircraft. That became difficult around the time I hit 30.
Here's a fun bit of trivia; check out the unpainted upper section on the
You know why that's unpainted?
Because that's as high as the guy could reach with his paint sprayer
while standing on the tailcone. :-D
I did paint the airflow tufts on it originally, but took them off as
they looked goofy.
Those engine nacelles in primer suggest that they may have been trouble
with the Junkers-Jumo 004 engines at some point in the test program
also. Something probably involving fire, shedding turbine blades, or both.
At least I did mine in primer; I wonder if they were yellow to identify
it as a test aircraft as it didn't have wing markings, at least on top.
Not a bad assumption...I knew a guy at GE that ran away and joined the
Canadian forces (lied about his age) and ended up flying Spits and
Typhoons for the RAF during WWII. His unit was in charge of mopping up
and securing German airfields after D-Day, and he told me they came
across six Me 262s and burnt one of them up on the ground trying figure
out how to run the engines on a mix of avgas and tank diesel (there was
no fuel on the airfield and the jets were just left behind)...said the
throttles were very touchy. They painted roundels on them and everyone
in the unit supposedly got to fly one once before the intel folks found
out and came and hauled the off...the jets, I mean.
I don't generally do Luft '46, but I'm thinking of scratch-hacking one
of these in 1/32, starting from the Revell kit:
I wouldn't be surprised if someone has a resin conversion kit out, or at
least arriving in the near future, for that.
I never did get around to doing one of the two pulse-jet powered
varients of the He-162.
Wait till you see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ScVuXyuj28
Engine gets a bit warm in operation.
I started a range of 1/72 models some years ago. I only build jet
planes so no rocket planes like the Me-163 but here's my list:
Coanda Turbine Aeroplane 10/12/1910 Romania ???
Heinkel He-178 27/08/1939 Germany
Caproni Campini CC-2 28/08/1940 Italy Delta
Heinkel He-280 30/03/1941 Germany
Gloster E28/39 Pioneer 15/05/1941 UK Frog /
Messerschmitt Me-262 Schwalbe 10/07/1942 Germany
Revell / Academy / High Planes
Bell P-59A Airacomet 02/10/1942 USA Anigrand /
Karo-As / Special Hobby
Gloster Meteor 05/03/1943 UK Airfix
/ Special Hobby
Arado Ar-234 Blitz 30/07/1943 Germany Frog /
De Havilland DH-100 Vampire 20/09/1943 UK Heller
Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star 08/01/1944 USA Airfix
Junkers Ju-287 16/08/1944 Germany
Heinkel He-162 Volksjδger 06/12/1944 Germany Frog /
Revell / Dragon
McDonnell FH-1 Phantom 26/01/1945 USA MPM
Horten Ho-IX / Gotha Go-229 02/02/1945 Germany Revell
Bell XP-83 25/02/1945 USA Anigrand
Northrop XP-79 31/07/1945 USA RS
Nakajima J8N Kikka 07/08/1945 Japan RS MOdel
Republic P-84 Thunderjet 28/02/1946 USA Heller
Yakolev Yak-15 24/04/1946 USSR PM
Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-9 24/04/1946 USSR MPM /
Douglas XB-43 01/05/1946 USA Anigrand
De Havilland DH-108 Swallow 15/05/1946 UK Arba
Supermarine Attacker 27/07/1946 UK Magna
Lavochkin La-150 01/09/1946 USSR Unknown
Vought F6U Pirate 02/10/1946 USA Meikraft /
Sud Ouest SO-6000 Triton 11/11/1946 France Mach2
Sukhoi Su-9 13/11/1946 USSR MPM / VP
North American FJ-1 Fury 27/11/1946 USA Rareplanes /
Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka July 1945 Japan AV resin / 12
Ryan FR-1Fireball 25/06/1945 USA MPM
Ryan XF2R-1 Dark Shark Nov 1946 USA MPM
Sukhoi Su-5 01/04/1945 USSR Czech Master
Mikoyan Gurevich I-250 / MiG-13 03/03/1945 USSR Omega
Convair XP-81 11/02/1945 USA Anigrand
Curtiss XF15C 27/02/1945 USA RVHP / pro
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