Focke Wulf Ta-154 Moskito
The Ta-154 Moskito was a two-seat night fighter that flew for the first time on 1 July 1943. It was designed primarily as a night fighter to stem the tide of Allied bombers attacking Germany at night. The Ta-154, like the de Havilland Mosquito, was primarily of wooden construction. It would be capable of intercepting Mosquito night raiders and other heavy bombers and destroy them after being vectored onto the target using its radar.
Armament comprised two 20 mm and two 30 mm cannons. Max speed, courtesy of the Jumo 213A's (rated at 1776 hp) fitted to later variants, was 650 km/h. It could climb to
8000 m in 14 minutes 30 seconds. The Ta-154 was faster than the de Havilland Mosquito night fighter variants. The latter had a max speed of only 595 km/h.
The Ta-154 was of wooden construction and therefore easy to construct by skilled woodworkers. Tego-Film adhesive was used as bonding agent in the construction of the Ta-154. When the factory that produced the adhesive was destroyed in a bombing raid on Wuppertal, a cold glue adhesive was used as a substitute bonding agent. This had disastrous results as the glue ate into the wooden structure causing the wings to come off in flight. A few Ta-154 A-1's saw service with 1/NJG. 3 from Stade during January 1945. Plans were afoot to use the Ta-154 as a Mistel and even as a Pulk-Zerstorer against bomber formations. The latter mission would entail a Ta-154 packed with explosives being detonated within a bomber stream after the pilot had ejected using a downward-firing ejection seat!
My model is Revell's 1/48 scale rendition of the Ta-154 V15 fitted with Hirschgeweih antennae in the nose for its FuG 220 radar (See black & white photos) The model is dressed up in standard night fighter colours courtesy of Modelmaster's RLM range. Weathering was done with brown water colour paint for the panel lines and Doc O' Brien's weathering pigments.