German Aircraft

Designed by the Arado Flugzeugwerk in 1937 the 196 prototype evolved into a standardized twin-float two-seat reconnaissance floatplane used throughout the Kriegsmarine until the surface fleet was lost at which time it soldered on from land bases and holds the distinction of being the last combat seaplane produced in Europe. Here is the MPM 1/48 scale version of Arado's AR 196 A

The Arado Ar 232 was the Luftwaffe's only specifically designed combat zone transport. The design was the first truly modern transport designed and built during World War II. Eight pre-production machines were known to have been built although 10 were thought to have been ordered. It is also believed that between twenty and twenty-two additional machines were built. Gary Buchanan is back to take us through this Mach 2 offering of this massive transport aircraft, the Arado AR-232 B. 3/4/07

Here is the fastest operational aircraft of the Second World War. Pilots reported control flutter and tail instability during high speed runs. Today we know this is a result of approaching the sound barrier, then it was an aerodynamic mystery. This is the Arado Ar-234C powered by four BMW turbojet engines. Only a handful of these were ever made and even fewer made it into service. Let's take a look at the Pro Modeler 1/48 Arado Ar 234C-3/4 Schnellbomber. 8/5/06

Derived from the Ar E 500 project of 1936 the Arado Ar-340 differed considerably in its configuration from other entries in the "Bomber B" program. It featured a central fuselage, twin booms and a trapezoidal wing. The Ar-340 did not have a tail plane connecting the two tail booms, having tail planes mounted outboard of the booms only allowing for a greater field of fire. This ended up being a paper project only but in the modeling world we can build this aircraft in kit form from Cape Hobbies and Gifts. Here is the 1/72 scale resin multimedia version of the Arado Ar-340. 4/28/07

We are all familiar with the profile of Willie Messerschmitt's infamous 109 fighter aircraft and most of us have seen or built at least one, if not more, of the many version of the airplane commonly available ranging from the early E models used during the Battle of Britain to the late K or even T models developed at the end of the war. Here for the first time we can model the progenitor of the series, the A and the B versions as seen during the Spanish Civil War. From Classic Airframes here is the 1/48 Bf-109A. 2/14/06

Willie Messerschmitt�s Bf (or Me) 109 series of aircraft are legendary. As development continued the E-4 replaced the E-3 Messerschmitt Bf-109 E-4/7 with armament and armor upgrades. On the aft dorsal area of the fuselage was a transparent cover housing a Peil G IV direction finding radar unit. These aircraft were used as night bomber interceptors. Hasegawa has presented us with yet another 109 kit representing this somewhat unusual variation and you can join me here to examine the Messerschmitt Bf-109 E4/7 Night Fighter. 5/12/07 Construction completed 8/8/07

In 1941 production of the F model began as a stopgap measure to combat the Mk III Spitfire as the G models were not ready for production yet. Many German pilots felt that the F model which was referred to as the Franz or Friedrich was the best dog fighter of all the variants. ICM has recently released three nearly identical kits in 1/48 representing several different 109 F2s and F4s. While ICM kits may not be perfect they still can be a lot of fun and are easy on the wallet. Let�s take a look at the ICM Bf-109F Series.
3/22/08 Construction of the F-2 completed 01/14/09


The Messerschmitt 109 is one of the most recognizable Axis aircraft from the Second World War. When first developed in 1935 it was leading edge technology but as the rest of the world developed new aircraft the RLM kept trying to upgrade the 109. The G series and the G-10 in specific was an attempt to standardize the type. Here we can take a look at the large scale kit released by Trumpeter in 2003, a vast improvement over the old Airfix kit. For your viewing pleasure here is the Messerschmitt Bf-109 G-10. 3/17/07

In 1943 the Messerschmitt Me-262 program was still under development and experiencing some problems. Some German Bf-109 TL leaders wanted to get the new jet technology into a viable aircraft as soon as possible and instructed Messerschmitt to explore converting the existing Bf-109 to jet propulsion as an interim solution until the 262 could become operational. This is the latest from Antares Models, the 1/48 resin multi-media kit of the Messerschmitt Bf-109 TL. 12/2/07 Construction completed 1/5/08

Designed to a 1934 requirement for a long-range escort fighter was an aircraft of very mixed fortunes. It has Messerschmitt Bf-110 C/D often been criticized for its failure during the Battle of Britain, while its successes in other fields have been largely ignored. The C model was the most predominant version during the 'Battle of Britain' and the D model was developed during the time period of the invasion of Norway and Denmark. Fitted with a ventral auxiliary fuel tank it had increased range for escort duty. Let's take a look at Willy Messerschmitt's Bf 110 C/D Zerstorer Dackelbauch.
2/11/05 Construction completed 3/9/05

One of the first projects studied by the Hamburger Flugzeugbau, the Blohm und Voss aircraft section, was for a very long-range reconnaissance flying boat. With an unusual configuration of a central boat hull, twin booms and three Junkers Jumo 205D diesel engines what was officially called the 'Sea Dragon' was better know by aviators and historians as "The Flying Clog". From Super Model in Italy this is the 1/72 scale BV 138 Seedrache
1/6/04 Construction completed 12/24/05 Updated 10/23/08 with Bv-138 MS build

Considered by many to be one of the ugliest aircraft of the Second World War, anyone who owns a Bull Dog will realize that it's beauty is unique. One of my favorites is Richard Vogt's asymmetrical design produced by the ship maker Blohm & Voss, the BV-141 observation and ground support aircraft. For an in-box preview of this aerial oddity click here for the Blohm & Voss BV-141B

The BV 142 was basically a land-based version of the BV 139, the long-range float seaplane that first flew in 1936. Shortly before the outbreak of the war it was modified for use as a long-range maritime and strategic reconnaissance aircraft operating outside the range of escort fighters. It is believed that only two were ever manufactured and their ultimate fate remains unknown. From Mach-2 this is the 1/72 scale kitting of the unique Blohm und Voss Bv-142. 2/11/07

From the creative mind of Dr. Vogt, this is the 1944 Blohm and Voss submission to the Luftwaffe High Command 'Emergency Fighter Program'. This design incorporated many interesting features including a pressurized cockpit, 40 degree swept wings, a four hour flight time and the capability to carry a varied armament load. Although the Focke-Wulf Ta 183 was chosen for production, the design impressed the panel so much that three prototypes were ordered. From Fonderie Miniatures, here is the Blohm und Voss BV-212 P-03 tailless high-altitude interceptor. 4/21/04

A Luft-46 project, the Blohm und Voss P.215 designed by Dr. Richard Vogt was, on paper, the definitive Blohm und Voss Bv-215 all weather night fighter for the Luftwaffe. Looking over the proposed electronics packages gives one the impression they are looking at a 21st century front line machine with IFF systems and bad weather radio assist landing gear among many other features. Internally contained radar, massive forward and upward firepower and a four hour loiter time would have made this beast a formidable opponent. Never making it off the paper in reality, Fliegerhorst brings it to us in 1/48 scale resin. This is the fascinating Blohm und Voss Bv-215 12/17/04. Construction completed 1/30/05

The first versions of the Dornier Flying Pencil to see service were the E and F models powered by Daimler Benz 600-G inverted V-12 engines operating with the Condor Legion in Spain. It was not long before the shortage of these engines force the line to switch over to the BMW radial engines and this changed the entire appearance of the aircraft. Hobbycraft has decided to reissue the entire Do-17 family in 2006 so let's take a look at what is involved with this particular model, the 1/48 scale Dornier Do-17E/F.

Dornier constructed a number of aircraft that were later to be dubbed the "Flying Pencils" due mainly to the long thin outline of the fuselage. The Do-17 made its mark in the attack on Poland in September 1939 and its versatility was such that the Luftwaffe used it as a bomber, reconnaissance plane and as a pathfinder. Its limitations were shown in the 'Battle of Britain' where it was outclassed typically eight guns to one. Hobby Craft makes a poor kit of the 17 but for 1/48 scale it's the only game in town. Let us take a look at the Dornier Do-17M/P.

Hobbycraft has produced several kits of the Dornier Do-17 to represent nearly every major subtype of the aircraft but all suffer from the same ailment, a serious banana bow to the fuselage. Gary Buchanan joins us today with an in depth look at how to fix that bow once and for all. In the past fixes have been attempted by Squadron and their replacement canopy does address the nose issues but here you have the ultimate fix for the Do-17 Banana Bow. 11/4/06

The Dornier Do17Z was to be the definitive development of the Do 17 series. The 17 series had always had rather cramped crew quarters and on the Z version the roof was raised and fully glazed. The aircraft was said to be popular with both flying and ground crews and was the most reliable of all the Luftwaffe bombers but it lacked the bomb load of the He 111. For ages the only choice in 1/48 for this type was the Hobby Craft "Banana" but now Classic Airframes has come to the rescue with this all new tooled Dornier Do-17Z. 6/10/07

The origins of this twin-engine flying boat go back to 1934 when Deutsche Lufthansa asked Dornier Dornier Do-18 G-1/D-2 to develop a more modern successor to the Wal. It was designed for Trans-oceanic mail service and is notable for being the first commercial flying boat fitted with diesel engines. The Do-18, which was smaller, less powerful, less well armed than Allied counterparts and generally considered harmless by Allied flyers was nonetheless useful to the Germans. From Matchbox, here is the 1/72 scale Dornier Do-18 G-1/D-2.
4/30/05 Construction completed 6/21/05

The Wal had established Dornier as a financial success in the aviation industry and the Do-18 had confirmed the developmental ability of the basic design. The development of that design into the Do-24 for the Dutch Navy and for the Reichs Luftfahrt Ministerium lead to an aircraft that would be the most successful large seaplane of the Second World War and see service in a variety of forms right into the Twenty-First century. First designed in 1936 and last built in the 1980s this is Claudius Dornier's Do-24 T long-range reconnaissance seaplane.

The savior of many a downed Luftwaffe pilot and used by several air forces within the European community Do24T this Seaplane by Dornier was a resounding success. While this aircraft has long been available in 1/72 scale at long last a model manufacture has dared to produce it in 1/48 scale. New in 2006 from Fonderie Miniatures this is the very large 1/48 scale multimedia kit of the Dornier Do-24T.
8/12/06 Construction Completed 12/24/06

The Dornier Do 215 was essentially a 17Z powered by Daimler-Benz DB 601a liquid cooled engines. Sweden placed orders for 18 aircraft designated as a B variant. Before these could be delivered, an embargo was placed on exporting bombers and the order went instead to the Luftwaffe for reconnaissance duties as the B-4. Gary Buchanan is here to take a look at the ICM kit of this somewhat obscure version of the flying pencil. An interesting kit especially for Dornier fans, here is the ICM Dornier Do-215B-4. 8/12/07

Hey, will ya look at this! It�s another Dornier kit review! This is a pretty amazing aircraft used by the Luftwaffe in many different roles. Today let's look at the Do-217 E-5, which was modified from late production Do-217 E-4s to carry the Henschel Hs 293A standoff missile. This was one of the earliest examples of a "smart" or guided weapon. Designed by Bill Koster and produced by Monogram under the Revell and the Pro Modeler name tag, here is Claudius Dornier's Do-217 E-5 anti-shipping patrol aircraft. 9/10/04

Claudius Dornier began to design and produce aircraft very early in the twentieth century and became instrumental in restoring Germany�s position in the international aircraft manufacturing community. He designed the Do-17 in 1935, which lead to the development of the 217, which saw many different variations. Presented for your consideration and entertainment, here is the old MPM 1/48 Vacuform Dornier Do-217 J1/N1

One thing is for certain; the Germans knew how to squeeze every possible ounce of usefulness out of a design. The Do-217 series of aircraft saw service in a wide variety of roles from conventional bomber to long range reconnaissance, shipping interdiction and night fighter. The N variation was the last production version of the 217 filling the role of night fighter and night bomber. Here I will take a look at a conversion kit from Koster Aero Enterprises for use with the Revell Do-217 E-5 and I'll also take a look inside a few other detail packages that will help take this conversion right over the edge. Come with me and see just how far you can go with the Dornier Do-217 J-2/N-1. 7/9/05

The Dornier Do-217 was a direct development of the Do-17, which first flew in 1934. The Do-217, a versatile aircraft, appeared with a variety of power plants during its career between 1940 and 1944. The Reichs Luftfahrt Ministerium mindset was to take a good idea and develop it to its ultimate capability and the 217 is a fine example of that process. The K and M models received the distinguishing bulbous glazed nose and upgraded electronics packages specifically designed to deliver early cruise missiles or glide bombs. Designed to modify the Pro Modeler Do-217E this is the Koster Do-217 K-2/M-11 conversion kit. 7/25/04

Over the last year I have spent a lot of time reviewing the various kits and conversions available for Dornier Do-217 K/M Claudius Dornier's 217 bomber. Here I am putting a couple of these together into a massive construction/conversion project. Starting with the Pro Modeler Do-217 E-5 and utilizing the Koster Aero Enterprise K-2/M-11 conversion kit I slice and dice my way to the rare and sparsely documented Dornier Do217 M-11 bomber designed to handle the innovative Fritz-X guided missile. Come share this journey with me, see what is involved in creating a Dornier Do-217 M-11 12/10/04

The unique configuration of this aircraft conferred on it a phenomenal performance, which completely eclipsed all of its contemporaries. The Do-335 was one of a small group of aircraft marking the pinnacle of international piston-engined development. The design incorporated several unusual features including a reversible tractor airscrew, a wing leading edge de-icing system, hydraulically operated flaps, and a compressed air ejection seat. This is the Tamiya Heavily Armed Dornier Do-335 B-2. Updated 5/21/04

This aircraft has the fine distinction of being the first helicopter to achieve production status. Originally intended as a six passenger transport aircraft in 1939 she first flew in 1940 and with the opening of the Second World War was quickly adapted to military use. Intended for rescue operations and reconnaissance roles the results of Allied bombing prevented any more than ten or eleven every making it off the assembly line. Built by Focke Achgelis, this is the Fa 223E-0 Drache. 3/18/06 Construction Completed 9/15/08

Here is another adventure into the strange and unusual. From Planet Models this is a Luft'46 project initiated by Folke Wulf in 1943. If the war had not concluded when it did our aircrews would have been facing a mind-boggling collection of technologically advanced aircraft. Taken down from the shelf and dusted off for your enjoyment, here is the Folke Wulf Project VII Flitzer

In 1935 the Focke Wulf Fw-58 Weihe took to the air for the first time. Designed as a small transport and passenger plane in truth it Fw58B was a flying truck. The Luftwaffe saw this potential and adopted it as a light utility plane. Produced in several variations including a bomber trainer and a seaplane nearly 4500 were delivered before the Siebel 204 was introduced as its replacement. A rare model in any scale here we look at the 1/48 MPM multi-media vacuform Fw-58B Weihe. 9/30/05 Construction completed 3/4/06

Here is a major "Super Detail" effort. This is MPM's 1/48 scale Fw-189A, which was referred to as "The Flying Eye" by the Allies. This kit includes resin parts, PE details and scratch built material. For a complete construction review of the model click here...Fw-189A
Revised 1/19/04 with additional pictures

The Focke-Wulf Fw 191 was one of the two primary finalists in the "Bomber B" program. The most unusual feature of the 191 was the use of electric motors for every device that would have normally been actuated mechanically or hydraulically. This aircraft was actually built and test flown in 1942. Gary Buchanan is here today to walk us through this full resin kit from Planet Models of the Focke-Wulf Fw-191.

I was so impressed with the Koster vacuform pieces that I immediately purchased a 1/48 Fw-200 Condor kit from Great Models Web Store. This is another Bill Koster production. I've found this to be a very nice kit. For a complete review of the kit in the box go here...Box Review
For a complete construction review of the model click here...Fw-200 Construction Review Page One or
Take a shortcut to Page Two 9/2/03

The Focke-Wulf P.11 aircraft was a paper project jet powered aircraft. Designed by Kurt Tank the P.11 would most likely have been powered by a single Jumo 004 engine and carried an armament package consisting, most likely, of 2 nose mounted Mk 103 or Mk 108 cannons and two MG 151/120 wing root mounted guns. Here we can take a look at the new Planet Models 1/48 resin kit of Kurt Tank’s Focke Wulf P.11.
9/27/09 Construction completed 9/27/09

The Horten Brothers claimed a spot in aviation history with the development of their flying wing interceptor the Ho.229. When this aircraft was being considered for full scale production by Gotha, designers proposed an alternative all-wing design that would allow for the external mounting of engines and the addition of extra crew and/or equipment. This design was the Go P.60 and had a couple variations. Two configurations were proposed with one engine mounted on top and one underneath the wing body and the other with both engines mounted ventrally. In reality only a paper project here we look at the Antares offering in 1/48 resin of the Gotha Go P.60 A-2. 3/25/07 Construction Completed 1/20/09

When Ernest Heinkel was developing this aircraft its true military nature was concealed by classifying it as a civilian aircraft. He-59 It was considered pleasant to fly but was seriously under powered. Some were used as trainers, some were used as torpedo bombers and most importantly, some were used as SAR aircraft. During the first months of World War II they were used to lay mines and during the Battle of Britain they were used to recover Luftwaffe pilots downed in the channel. Here is Aviation USK's 1/72 Heinkel He-59B/D.
8/20/07 Construction completed 4/15/08

Here is an aircraft that soldiered through World War Two from beginning to end virtually unchanged. Active during the Spanish Civil War and during the invasion of Poland, prominent during the Battle of Britain and the 'Night Blitz', this is Monogram's 1994 release of the 1/48 scale Heinkel He-111. For a review of this kit, click here - Heinkel He-111 H-4/5
Click here for a complete construction review of this kit converted to a "B" version Pedro. Project completed 1/19/04

Ernst Heinkel built his first torpedo carrying seaplane in 1926. It never amounted to much as such but provided the He115 practical experience in launching torpedoes that lead to the development of the He-115 in 1938. The 115 was a large aircraft with weak defensive armament. On the plus side it showed itself to be a fairly sturdy aircraft that behaved well on water and in the air. Besides its intended use as a torpedo bomber it also performed as a smoke screener, mine layer and for long range reconnaissance missions. From Revell of Germany Japanese subsidiary Tsukuda, here is the 1/72 Heinkel He-115C-1 torpedo/reconnaissance seaplane. 7/2/05 Construction Completed 7/31/06

Born from desperation during the final months of World War 2 the Heinkel He-162 Salamander saw extremely limited service. The type never even went through prototype flight testing before production was established yet it still managed to draw blood and present itself as a unique aircraft type. Here we take a look at two He-162 kits; one from Dragon as the proposed Mistel and the other from Tamiya as the A-2 fighter superiority type, Heinkel He-162 Mistel and Salamander. 7/2/06

The He-177 "Greif" was Germany's only foray into the realm of the large bomber. The program was plagued by difficulties throughout its career. He-177 A3/R5 The He-177 had a nasty tendency to burst into flame during normal cruising flight. Mike Glinski is back and has converted this exotic bomber into an interesting tank killer. Join us in checking out this unusual variation of the He-177 A3 converted to an R5 tank killer.
11/18/05 Updated 8/12/06

In 1938 the Luftwaffe issued a requirement for a heavy bomber/Anti-Shipping aircraft with one rather bizarre requirement; it had to perform as a dive bomber also. Ernest Heinkel gave it his best effort and ultimately produced this huge four engine twin propeller bomber that entered service in 1944. He named it "Greif" which means Griffin but the air crews called it Luftwaffenfeuerzeug which means Luftwaffe lighter in reference to the engines propensity to catch fire. Let's take a look at the new 1/48 scale injection molded Heinkel He.177A-5 "Greif". 5/20/06

Potentially one of the most effective night-fighters for the Luftwaffe, the Heinkel He-219 "Uhu' (eagle owl) was doomed by political misjudgments and maltreatment. Probably the superior platform among the Luftwaffe's reciprocating engined night-fighters, better than any of the German aircraft adapted to the role, it gained noteworthy results against allied air forces. In the end very few actually saw service. From Tamiya, here is the 1/48 scale Heinkel He-219 Uhu 3/20/04

Leading the way into the jet age this is an aircraft that captured many 'firsts', here is the Heinkel He-280. Not only the first jet aircraft to get beyond the prototype stage but advanced enough, fast enough and agile enough to best the dreaded Fw-190 'Butcher Bird' in a mock dogfight. If the RLM had approved this aircraft for production things could have been very different, very different indeed. For your enjoyment here is a look at Eduard's 1/48 Heinkel He-280 ProfiPack. 1/26/04

As the Nazi homeland began to feel the effects of continuous Allied bombing they began to look for ways to provide point defense coverage for factories and key facilities. Airfields were not always close by or able to be maintained consistently so VTOL craft were explored as possibilities. Heinkel proposed this concept aircraft powered by a turboprop variation of the Henschel He S 011 turbo jet engine. It never made it off the drawing board and was replaced by an equally bizarre concept that went no further either. From ARBA in resin this is the 1/48 scale Heinkel "Wespe". 4/14/06

Let's delve into the strange and unusual one more time, or at least it seemed so in 1944. Today the concept of a flying wing is not so unusual but when three brothers in Germany were first developing this idea in 1931 it was most definitely 'strange and unusual'. Here is a look at Walter, Reimar and Wolfram Horten's flying wing night fighter and some of the accessories available for it. From Dragon Master Series, here is the Ho-229B Nachtjager.  2/12/04

The concept of dive-bombing was pursued by German planners from soon after the end of World War One Henschel designed the Hs-123 as a stopgap measure until a more advanced dive-bomber type should emerge, what ultimately became the Junkers Ju-87. Mid-1944 saw the Hs-123 finally grounded not by enemy action or the weather but simply by attrition and lack of spare parts. Originally from ESCI then ERTL and Italeri then acquired by AM Tech, improved and re-issued in 2003 here is the 1/48 scale Henschel Hs-123A-1.

The Hs 129, often referred to by its nickname, the Panzerknacker was developed to a 1937 Hs129 requirement for a twin-engine ground attack aircraft mounting at least two 20mm cannons and with heavy armor for the pilot and engines. In an effort to be more effective against newer Russian tanks the armament was upgraded in 1944 with a 75mm gun from the Panzer IV. Unfortunately the combination of inadequate power plants and excess weight resulted in an aircraft that flew like a pig. This variant was known as the Hs-129B-3 "Panzerknacker". Updated with comparisons to all three Hasegawa Hs-129 kits. 1/28/05 Construction complete 9/21/08

Besides the Bf/Me-109 the Stuka has got to be one of the most recognizable German aircraft of World War 2. It even had a phobia named after it - Stuka Fright. You don't get that with a Spitfire or a Liberator. Its place as a dive-bomber was secured in the skies over France in 1940 but it also acquired a reputation as a tank killer on the Eastern Front in the hands of pilots like Hans Rudel. Here is Hasegawa's 1/48 scale JU-87 G-2 Stuka Anti Tank Attacker and a look at some of the detail packages available to help dress it up.  2/27/04

The Junkers Ju-88 looks clumsy and all out of proportion but it demonstrated during the Second World War that it was perhaps one of the most versatile aircraft of the period. Able to take a substantial amount of damage and still fly home yet despite its complexity the plane was greatly prized by those who flew it and was one of the most widely used planes in the Luftwaffe. Here is the Pro Modeler 1/48 scale Junkers Ju-88 A-4 "Schnellbomber." 8/8/04

The Junkers Ju-88 was perhaps one of the most versatile aircraft of the Second World War. The Ju-88 was well Junkers Ju-88 A-6 built and could take a substantial amount of damage and still fly home. Despite its complexity the plane was greatly prized by those who flew it and was one of the most widely used planes in the Luftwaffe. The A-6 was based on the popular A-4 variant and was designed to clear enemy airspace of barrage balloons. This caused serious flight degradation and was ultimately a failure however Dragon has given the modeler an opportunity to display this version in his collection. Here is the 1/48 Dragon Junkers Ju-88 A-6. 9/22/07 Construction completed 11/3/07

The Ju-290 was the only four-engined heavy-duty aircraft used by the Luftwaffe in World War II and was the forerunner of the subsequent transatlantic civil aircraft. The Ju-290 carried search radar, had a range of over 3,000 km and could remain airborne for over 20 hours. For its patrol role it was well equipped and was soon replacing Folke Wulf 200 Condors. Here I take a look at the definitive A-5 version in 1/72 scale from Revell of Germany, the Junkers Ju-290 A-5 Seeadler

During the Second World War Germany had virtually no large, four-engined planes. The only exceptions were the Junkers Ju-290Z Zwilling Focke-Wulf Fw200 Condor the He 177. The Ju 290Z was a proposal to further increase the range and lifting capabilities of the basic Ju 290 (a replacement for the Fw-200) by joining two airframes with a common center wing. Guest author Mike Glinski shares his experience with us in creating this beast. Be amazed for this is the Junkers Ju-290Z Zwilling long range anti-shipping aircraft. 6/17/05

Various problems with the development of the Ju-177 bomber combined with the long developmental period prompted the Junkers design bureau to suggest a new four engine bomber program. A prototype was developed but French saboteurs put an end to that. Antares Models has resurrected this prototype bomber in kit form and Gary Buchanan is here to show us the ins and outs of the kit. Join us in looking at the resin and metal 1/72 scale Junkers Ju-488 heavy bomber.

Here is my 1/48 scale Hasegawa Me-109 F-2 creation. This is another "super detail" project that includes aftermarket resin pieces for the engine, cockpit and landing gear along with aftermarket decals. For a complete construction review of this model click here...ME 109 F-2
Revised 9/16/03

You are being launched down a short runway achieving 200 mph within seconds then dumping the wheels and pointing the nose 80 degrees towards the sky. Eight minutes later you are at 500 mph, 30,000 feet and your engine quits - no more fuel! Now you are a very fast glider and there is the enemy, you only get one shot then have to find your airfield. No power for a second attempt or evasive action and the enemy are prowling around down there just waiting for you at your most vulnerable point. This was the life of a Rocket Fighter pilot. Here we take a look at the old 1/48 Trimaster kit reissued by Dragon of the Messerschmitt Me-163B-1a. 1/21/07

No, I'm not really a jet person but I do have a soft spot for the ME-262. Tamiya has seen fit to release a clear version of this historic aircraft and I found it to be irresistible. After all, it's clear! You can see all the cool stuff inside. Come on! How can you not have one of these in your collection? So, without further ado, here it is, Tamiya's 1/48 scale ME-262, Clear Edition

You know what really gets someone's attention? A really big gun. In an effort to break up Allied bomber formations the Luftwaffe experimented with a massive 50mm Mauser cannon in place of the standard two and four cannon noses found on most Me262s. Way back in '94 or '95 I built the Dragon release of one of these airframes and present it here with some general ramblings about the kit and the aircraft. Here it is, Dragon's 1/48 scale Me262A-1/U-4

Designed as a bomber interceptor, the original 262A concept was exceptional in its function. Hitler's demands for a jet bomber really handicapped the aircraft. The design of the 262 allowed for the nose section to be removed and various armament configurations to be plugged in. Two airframes had the steel nose replaced with a plywood and persiplex nose section providing for a prone position bombardier and a gyro-stabilized bombsight in an attempt to improve the bombing characteristic of the aircraft. Originally kitted by Tri Master, here is DML's 1/48 Me-262A-2a Jet Bomber. 1/14/05

Due to the handling characteristics of jet powered aircraft being slightly different from those of piston engined aircraft the Luftwaffe saw a pressing need for a trainer aircraft to transition their pilots over to the high performance Me262. Only a handful of these trainers had been completed before an even more urgent need had to be fulfilled, that of the Night Fighter. Here is an in-box preview of Dragon's 1/48 Me262B-1a/U4 radar equipped Night Fighter. 12/6/03

When the Messerschmitt Me-262A first blew through Allied bomber formations aircrews were amazed and astonished at the performance levels they witnessed however the creator of this technology only saw it as an interim type of aircraft platform considered dead by 1945. Here is a resin conversion package from Antares Models designed to create a prototype high speed development of the Me-262 utilizing a donor 1/48 scale Me-262 kit. While the 262A was an incredible development this trans-sonic version would have been a real eye opener, here is the Me-262 HG.III Day Fighter project. 12/20/08 Construction Completed 2/24/09

The Me-262 is definitely one of the more popular kits in the modeling world and as such the aftermarket industry has done an exceptional job of producing detail and conversion sets for the various production kits on store shelves. Here we shall examine an amazingly well detailed package from Aires that provides for two complete Junkers Jumo 004 turbojet engines. Nearly the most expensive 262 detail package you can pick up and aimed at the Tamiya series of kits it still can be used with virtually any 1/48 Me-262. Take a look at the Aires 262 Engine Set. 9/2/05

Combat experience with Willie Messerschmitt's Me-109 indicated that greater speed, longer range and heavier armament would be needed for future operations and in late 1940 the Messerschmitt company began working on a potential replacement, the Me-309. Unfortunately the 309 offered little improvement in performance over the Me-109G, which could also out turn the Me-309. At this time the introduction of new, better fighters like the Fw-190D was near and little use was seen for the Me-309. This is the Czech Model 1/48 Messerschmitt Me-309
10/29/04, construction completed 11/10/04

The D.III was a fair airplane with a few faults. It used an inverted airfoil on the elevator which enhanced its ability to recover Pfalz D.III from a dive, a twin spar lower wing design was used which overcame the issues pilots were experiencing with the Albatross. On the down side the formed fuselage was prone to warpage as the airframe aged due to poor glue or possibly moisture absorption. Other issues the type experienced were low power and climb performance. Eduard from the Czech Republic has packed a couple of these aircraft in a single box for us, let's check out their 1/48 Pfalz D.III Combo Kit. 11/25/07 Construction completed 12/27/07

Requested for development in 1938 by the RLM to replace the aging Fw-58 the Siebel 204 became one of the most advanced utility aircraft of the day. Powered by two Argus 411 V-12 engines this type was used as a trainer, aerial taxi and aerial ambulance until the end of the war. It continued in service with many European countries after the war and finally ended service in 1960. Check out this old 1/48 scale MPM Vacuform kit of the Siebel 204 D utility aircraft. 9/23/06

The Ta-183 resulted from the Emergency Fighter Program of the Reichsluftfahrtministerium intended to fast track jet fighter development. This was in response to their fears that they would soon be facing Allied Gloster Meteors and wanted to have the next generation of fighter aircraft ready to replace the Me-262. It is speculated that this aircraft design was developed into the jet fighters that clashed over Korea just a few years down the road as the MiG-15 and the F-86. Here is the Tamiya reissue of the AM Tech 1/48 Ta.183A "Huckebein".
8/31/08 Construction Completed 11/1/08


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