Tag Archives: Luft 46
There are two things I love about modelling. Making an accetably accurate replica of something of historical interest to me, and using my imagination. Rarely do those to meet in the middle, but when they do, it’s almost always a Luft ’46 project that brings them together! Usually, one thinks of Luft ’46 stuff as […]
One Man’s Trash is Another’s WHIF
Quite probably one of the worst kits I have ever owned is the Heller-Airfix 1/72 Bf-109G. This hunk of scrap wasn’t even a very good kit back in the day when it was made, let alone 50+ years later. However, the fact it’s so cruddy also makes it very, very useful. For what? Yes, maybe […]
From Hay Wagon to SAM Launcher – Just add Natter!
If the whole concept of a semi-expendable wooden (or even cardboard, as was proposed!) Vertical Take-Off rocket interceptor doesn’t sound wacky enough, imagine trying to launch it! When the Luftwaffe high command decided to back he Bachem Ba-349 Natter point defence interceptor, they realized it would only be useful if it could be moved around. […]
Pint-sized Manned Missile
The need to defend against the hordes of Allied bombers late in WWII forced the German high command, and the air ministry (RLM) in particular to adopt some rather, shall we say “unconventional” approaches. Just when you thought that swept wing jets and rocket planes were a leap forward, the Bachem company proposed the Ba-349 […]
One of Aviation’s Original Swingers!
Before you start getting too excited, I’m talking, of course, about swing wings! What were you thinking of? Now that we’re on the same page, you might be thinking of the Bell X-5. Well, you’re close! In fact the aircraft that inspired the Bell was the Messerschmitt P.1101, a research plane that was designed to […]
If there’s one thing the Germans loved in WWII, it was twinning things! If one of something is good, two welded together must be better, right? Well, maybe not, but I think that joining two of the excellent FW-190 D fighters together might have made for a threatening adversary! To that end, I decided to […]
So Close You Could Almost Touch It
The annals of aviation history are replete with all kinds of fanciful designs and concepts that never really stood a chance of making it in the real world. The AMTech 1/48 Ta-183 Huckebein, however, celebrates one design that was so close to real that it’s almost a crime it didn’t make it. Read more in […]
Have Missile, Will Travel!
For those who want a taste of some Luft ’46 craziness, check out my missile-toting He-219 G5/RT. Made from the old FROG Uhu kit, the Vielfrass (wolverine) is a What-If version of Heinkel’s famous night fighter reimagined for anti-radar duties. Its’ in the What If section of the Planes page!
Double Your Pulse Jets, Double Your Fun!
Okay, so what do you get when you have two old Fi-103 (V-1) kits sitting around? Well, when one is piloted and the other isn’t you get the Fi-203 attack fighter, perfect for… well, for being a crazy What If! Check it out in the Planes section, and be glad this one is purely imaginary!