Focke-Wulf Ta 183B
by Frank Forster
Focke-Wulf Ta 183B
1/48 scale Ta 183 is available online from Squadron.com
My model is Tamiya's 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Ta 183
Huckebein (molded with pride by AmTech) which represents Focke Wulfs
Strahljäger Projekt VI. This project was well into the development stage
by the time the war ended.
Type: single seat fighter with turbo jet engine
Wing: single spar wooden wing
Engine: Heinkel S 011 Turbo jet engine; 1 x 1300kp
thrust, center straight air intake.
Maximum Speed: Approx. 1000 km/h at 7000 m
Armament: 2 - 4 Mk 108 (Machinenkanone, 30mm)
Technical data is from Nowarra's "Die Deutsche
Luftrüstung 1933 - 1945".
The model is an early design, but the Project was redesigned several
times, so that the so called Endlösung looks a little different and more
conventional than this futuristic first design.
I reworked the canopy, which can be displayed open
or closed, and changed the air intake (the weak point of this kit).
Rebuilding the air intake was a challenge. I had to
change the front wheel bay and insert a section from a large bomb out of
an old revell F-117 kit as intake tunnel.
The rest is build out of box except Verlinden seat
The Red 8 is from an old Trimaster sheet (Ta 152,
so it remains in the family). The rest of the markings come from the
Tamiya sheet. The sheet needs to be handled with care though - the
crosses are very thin.
A few years ago the museum in Laatzen, Germany
displayed a Fw 190 wich is rebuildt completely from original parts. A
former WWII Pilot of the Luftwaffe said: "We didn´t have such colourful
birds. Our machines were grey". So I gave my model an air superiority
scheme of RLM 74, 75,76 (Lifecolour).
The display is an old Verlinden Luftwaffe
revetment, very nice an out of sale.
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Model, Images and Text Copyright ©
2003 by Frank Forster
Page Created 09 September, 2003
17 March, 2004
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