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Fighter

Messerschmitt Projekt “Schwalbe” I (Unicraft, Resin)

TYPE: Interceptor, fighter, fighter bomber

 ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only

 POWER PLANT: Two Junkers Jumo 003B turbojet engines, rated at 900 kp each

 PERFORMANCE: 580 mph, estimated

COMMENT: The Messerschmitt “Schwalbe” (Swallow), not to confuse so to the unofficially dubbed Messerschmitt Me 262 “Schwalbe”, was a late-war design that did not receive a project number designation. The wings were swept back at 31.5 degrees, and contained the majority of the fuel supply. The wings seem to have been based on the Me 163 or Me 263 (Ju 248) wing design, as there is more than a superficial resemblance. Two turbojets were proposed, one was located above the fuselage and one below. A tricycle-type landing gear design was chosen, with the nose wheel retracting to the rear and the two main gear retracting forward and inboard. The cockpit was located in front of and between the upper air intakes. An especially curious feature is the device at the fuselage rear; this is thought to be dive brakes or some sort of thrust reversal mechanism (Ref.: 16).

Heinkel He 178 (AML)

TYPE: Experimental plane

ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only

POWER PLANT: Heinkel HeS3B jet engine, rated at 550 kp

PERFORMANCE: 420 mph

COMMENT: The Heinkel He 178 was the first jet plane ever flown. Only one  plane was built for tests

Heinkel He 176 (Jach)

TYPE: Experimental plane

ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only

POWER PLANT: Walter HWK R1-203 liquid fuelled rocket engine, rated at 500 kp

PERFORMANCE: 466 mph

COMMENT: The Heinkel He 176 was the first rocket driven experimental plane ever flown. One plane built for tests.

Blohm & Voss Bv P.211.01 (Unicraft, Resin)

TYPE: Interceptor fighter

ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only

POWER PLANT: BMW 003A-1 turbojet, rated at 800 kp

PERFORMANCE: 536 mph at 26,250 ft (estimated)

COMMENT: Design of an interceptor fighter from mid 1944, forerunner of the Bv P.211.02, that was submitted for the “Volksjäger” (Peoples fighter) competition. Winner was the Heinkel He 162 “Spatz”.