AMtech/Tamiya 1/48 FW-Ta183A Huckebein
Pulled this little gem out of the stash and finally finished her. Started in 1942 as Project VI under the direction of engineer Has Multhopp she however would never fly. Designed with a 40 degree mid-mounted sweep wing, 60 degree vertical stab with a T-tail, this concept would be setting new tends in aviation design. The cockpit would be pressurized with a bubble canopy and was designed to be armed with four 30MM cannons. She could also carry a bomb load of 500 kg, and with pylons it was envisioned to also be armed with four Ruhestahl X-4 wire guided missiles. That would be interesting as the pilot would be required to fly both the aircraft as well as the missile to the target. Furthermore, the liquid propellant used on the X-4 was very volatile. Eighteen prototypes were build and she was scheduled to make her first flight in May, 1945, but the British Army captured the FW plant in April bringing her development to an end. However, if you ever seen a Mig-15, Saab 29 Tunnan, or a 1Ae Pulqui II some aviation engineers certainly looked at the Ta-183A plans.
This little package was put together by Tamiya where they re-boxed the AMtech kit and included their 1/48 scale Kettenkraftrad vehicle. The fit on the A/C was exceptional and at times felt like a snap tight kit. I used no putty on this model and other than adding some belts and replacing the Nav lights it was build OOB. Paints were Tamiya acrylics and I used modeler license on the camo design. The pilot is from the Revell 1/48 scale ME-262 kit, and I felt he was needed versus using their pilot figure sitting in the cockpit. Fun kit, no real issues and if any iModelers would like to build one using another version I have extra decals for you.
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