“No idea, Joe. Tell em it’s some kind of Wonderbug Machine.”
April 1945: the US Army’s Shermans are overrunning airfields faster than the AAF can shoot them up. As some GIs poke their Garands into the backs of Luftwaffe scientists and groundcrew and shuffle them off the base, other Americans take a look inside the hangars. A few of the boys stumble upon a particularly interesting prize…
The title was going to be something fancy like “The Husk of the Dragonfly,” but since this scene involves Americans that’s too fancy.
After the long gestation period of the Babs project, I needed something simple and reference-less. The Wunderwaffe fits that bill perfectly. This is the Amusing Hobby 1/48 Focke-Wulf Triebflügel, or the “Triebflügeljäger” as the paper project was called. Designed to be a ramjet VTOL, it only reached a model phase and was going through wind tunnel tests before the war ended. Thankful from those who were meant to fly it, I’m sure, as no ejection seat around could clear the giant rotors of death.
The model was modified to show a hurried prototype: I left a lot of bits off, including the nonsensical wheel covers. The backdrop is some sheet-printed cutout set from a group called Noy’s. It was evidentially not meant for the likes of the Triebflügel, as the model was too tall. The actors are hired from the 1/48 Tamiya GIs at rest set, and the scaffolding is scratchbuilt. I lost a whole Saturday to the scaffolding, as I sat down one morning and finished in time to go to bed.
My one regret is the lighting. This was also my first attempt at Bare Metal Foil, and I paneled some of the skinning with it for variation. It was fun and I enjoyed doing it, as long as it isn’t the whole damn model. The light I have reflected off the metal, and it made for a poor photo session.
The next task? Avoid spending money on rare Fonderie Miniatures kits.
Thanks for looking.
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