Special Hobby 1/72 Focke-Wulf Flitzer
|KIT #:||SH 72004|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Short run with p.e. and vacuform parts|
The design began as Focke-Wulf Project VI which had a central fuselage and two booms carrying the rear control surfaces, having great similarity with the contemporary de Havilland Vampire. Project V had the air inlets still positioned on either side of the nose, just below the cockpit.
The estimated horizontal speed was not satisfactory and in the next development, Project VII, the jet intakes were situated in the wing roots. Further improvements over Project VI were a narrower fuselage and a changed pilot's canopy. In order to improve the rate of climb, a Walter HWK 109-509 hypergolic liquid-propellant rocket was built in to give supplementary thrust. A complete mockup was built and all construction and assembly plans were finished, but the aircraft was not accepted by the Reich Air Ministry (Reichsluftfahrtministerium, RLM)
The soft and somewhat crude detailing on this makes it something that is really only for a fairly experienced modeler. A lot of time will be spent cleaning up the parts and multiple test fitting will be needed. There is also the fact that this kit does not include the rocket housing. For that, you need the much easier to build, and much more difficult to find Revell kit. That being said, this is a kit that will, with the requisite effort, make into a nice representation of what is a quite small aircraft.
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