Special Hobby 1/72 Focke-Wulf P.II






One aircraft


Scott Van Aken


Short run kit with etched metal fret 


During 1943, the RLM was looking for designs for a single engined jet fighter. Focke-Wulf designers came up with several proposals all under the designations Entwurf (Draft) 1 through 7. The initial Entwurf 1 was a very conventional looking aircraft with the turbojet mounted in the nose under the cockpit. Very similar to the Yak-15, it was a tail-dragger. This proposal was rejected because it was felt that the downward thrust angle of the engine might cause a fire hazard. 

This design was then modified and given the subdesignation PII (Plan 2). This aircraft had a tricycle landing gear, which took care of the fire hazard problem, and the engine moved back more under the fuselage. This gave room for the nose wheel installation. The aircraft was to be powered by a single Jumo 004B turbojet and carry two 30mm cannon in the nose. The design had nothing revolutionary about it other than the engine and by all standards should have been a good performer. However, the RLM did not like the underslung engine, stating that any belly landing would severely damage the entire airframe. That was enough to kill the program. As you look at the aircraft, you can see that there is much of the FW-190/Ta-152 in the design; from the tail section to the wings and landing gear.


Special Hobby is another of a line of kits produced by MPM. These kits are generally Luftwaffe or prototype models. Early in their career, SH kits concentrated on Luftwaffe project aircraft. This is one of those kits. As you can see, it is quite typical of Czech short run kits with largish sprue gates, flash on just about all parts, and a vacuformed canopy. Airframe detailing is with very petite engraved panel lines. Care will be needed when building to prevent erasing these lines where you will be using filler. And you will need filler.

The small etched metal fret includes such things as seat harness, rudder pedals, various antennas and a flare chute. Interestingly, there is no instrument panel on the fret. The instructions are on a single piece of folded paper and are adequate for the job. Colors are given where needed using RLM colors, which is a nice touch. There are five construction steps and a head on shot so that you can get the landing gear properly positioned. The decal sheet is small but useful. It is more of a generic sheet since the type never saw the light of day. Since it is a Propagteam sheet, you can be sure that it is crisply printed and thin. There are swastikas on the sheet, though they are separated and you'll need to put them together. 

Overall, a nice looking kit that shouldn't be too much trouble for those with some experience building short run kits.


Jet Planes of the Third Reich, The Secret Projects, Volume 1, Manfred Griehl, Monogram Aviation Publications, 1998

Review copy courtesy of me and my wallet!

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