Huma 1/72 Messerschmitt P.1106








Scott Van Aken




This is one of those myriad of paper project aircraft that were under development in the last years of the war. The aircraft never got beyond the initial design stage and no mockup was started. Basically, this was to be an additional development of the Messerschmitt P.1101, which did make it to the prototype stage, though it never flew. The 1101 was upsized to the Bell X-5, but that is another story.

The P.1106 had the same forward and low engine placement of the 1101. What was different was that the cockpit was moved very far back on the fuelage in order to make room for guns and fuel. This aircraft also had a Vee tail. This type of tail was experimented with by Messerschmitt on a Bf-109, and while successful, was not proceeded with. The end result was that the P.1106 was a rather odd looking aircraft. As to whether this would have reached the prototype stage is uncertain. 

Pilot view would have been rather restricted with the far aft position and would not have been a popular aircraft to fly. Armament was to be a single Mk108 30mm cannon. Top speed was to be nearly 1,000 kph. I can imagine that range would have been quite limited without drop tanks, though the rate of climb would have been superb, making it a viable interceptor.


This is a very typical Huma kit, albeit without the fine injected sprue as found on some other kits. The usual greenish grey plastic, fine detailing and engraved panel lines. A very small, but clear canopy is included. Despite the rather thick single piece wings and tailplanes, the only sink mark is in the back of the pilot! Since the engine will be visible when the gear doors are open, you get a basic facsimile of a Heinkel He S 11 turbojet. This also helps prevent a see through look as you peer into the intake! 

A single sheet of paper has the four step construction sequence on one side and on the other is a full color painting guide. This particular aircraft is supposed to be painted in RLM 74 and 75 uppers with 76 lowers. There is an addendum sheet included as the original instructions forgot to show the installation of the instrument panel. One would think that this kit would need some nose weight, however none is shown in the instructions. Common to other Huma kits, no additional painting information is given other than for the exterior. The generic decal sheet offers only crosses and an instrument panel decal. The square thingies are supposed to be trimmed to make a swastika. I'll drag one out of the spares box!

Overall, another interesting kit from Huma. This one should be within the building capabilities of just about anyone. The nice thing about it will be making up a camouflage scheme for it! With only 33 parts, it shouldn't take too long to build, so if you find you can't seem to finish anything, you might want to give this one a try!

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