Focke Wulf Ta-152 ‘Hohenjager’
The Ta-152 was a short-lived high-level interceptor fielded by the Luftwaffe towards the end of WW II. Developed from the existing Fw-190 D fighter family, it incorporated a new wing, lengthened fuselage and to attain high-altitude / high performance, a nitrous oxide power boosting system was also installed. The Ta-152 was suppose to spawn three distinct types: a fighter, high-altitude fighter and a ground-attack aircraft. The ‘Ta’ designation was in honour of Dipl. Ing. Kurt Tank, the father of the Fw 190.
Kurt Tank wanted the Ta-152 to be powered by a Daimler-Benz DB 603 engine. However the temperamental nature of this engine caused the RLM to recommend the installation of the Junker Jumo 213E liquid-cooled inverted V12 engine capable of 1750hp.
Top speed of the Ta-152 was an impressive 744km/h putting her on par with the best fighters that the Allies could field. Rate of climb was rated at 17.5 m/sec. Range was 1520 km. The Ta-152 proved to be a very capable aircraft. The ‘punch’ of the Ta-152 was provided by a 30mm Mk 108 cannon firing through the prop hub and two 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons, one mounted in each wing root.
My model is the Dragon/Italeri 1/48 scale Ta-152 Yellow 1 from Jagdgeschwader 301. It was the only Jagdgeschwader to operate the Ta-152 from the beginning of 1945. Operated alongside the Fw-190 D’s from JG 301, the Ta-152’s achieved limited success. Three Lufwaffe aces flew the type: Josef “Jupp” Keil (Photo included), Willi Reschke and Walter Loos. Keil was the only pilot to achieve ace status on the Ta-152. The model was sprayed with my fabulous Aztek double-action airbrush using Modelmaster enamels from their RLM range. Weathering was per usual with brown water-colour paint, Tamiya weathering kits. Scratchbuilding was limited to the seat harness, aerial wire, open fuel tank cover and copper tubing for the cannons.
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