|KIT #:||SH 72003|
|PRICE:||$19.95 when new|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||1995 short run kit with photo etch parts|
During the latter part of 1944, when the High Command of the Luftwaffe saw that there was a dire need to put up a strong defense against the devastating allied bombing raids, on September 8 they asked aircraft manufacturers Messerschmitt, Arado, Focke-Wulf, Heinkel, Junkers and Blohm & Voss to propose designs for single-engined light fighters weighing no more than 2000 kg that would use one BMW 003 jet engine per unit.
Owing to the war-related scarcity of strategic materials such as aluminum, the jets were required to be simplified in order to be built using a strict minimum, as well as to be built in adequate quantities as quickly as possible in underground factories. Despite these requirements that would impinge on the overall quality of the new planes, their performance was required to surpass that of the best piston-engined fighters, being able to reach a maximum speed of 750 km/h with a minimum combat action time of 30 minutes.
Blohm & Voss submitted two preliminary designs, the P 210 tailless swept wing jet and the more conventional, tailed P 211. Only the P 211 was progressed further. Typical of all the entrants, use of non-strategic materials, such as wood and steel were paramount along with ease of construction. The P.211.02 was a straight wing design, but lost out to Heinkel's He-162 and never progressed past the design stage.
This is a fairly simple kit that should be a good one for those who want to stretch their skills into short run kits. While Luft '46 is no longer in vogue, these sorts of kits are fun to build, especially as their camouflage schemes can be a showcase for the modeler's creativity. I know I did a lot of these back in the day and still enjoy building one every once in a while.
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