The Horten Ho 229 (also known as the Horten H.IX or Gotha Go 229) was designed to meet an RLM requirement for an aircraft capable of carrying a 1,000 kg bombload a radius of 1,000 km at a speed of 1,000 km/hr. This “3 x 1,000” requirement was impossible to achieve with a propeller-driven aircraft, and challenging for a jet aircraft due to the high fuel consumption of the early engines.
The Horten brothers submitted a design for a flying-wing aircraft, which reduced drag considerably compared to a conventional layout. Glider trials proved promising, and the design was refined by Gotha for mass production. The first prototype flew on 02 February 1945. Several additional test aircraft were in development when the war in Europe ended. The V3 aircraft was brought to the United States after the war, it is currently under restoration at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
The model is painted in an RLM 82 / 83 splinter camouflage derived from the pattern authorized for the Me 262. Location of the “Yellow 2” individual aircraft markings is a guess, but locating them on the landing gear covers and boattail would allow the aircraft to be identified both in the air and on the ground so I thought it was plausible.
The Arado E.381 project was symbolic of the desperate situation faced by the Third Reich in 1944. Ever-increasing numbers of Allied aircraft pounded Germany both day and night, each raid reducing the ability to continue the war. The Luftwaffe was on the defensive and was powerless to protect the Reich. The Arado E.381 was designed to be easy to produce and operate. The pilot lay prone in the aircraft, which was to be carried aloft by a conventional bomber to be released near an Allied bomber stream. The E.381 was powered by a Walther HWK 109-509 liquid rocket engine and carried a single 30 mm cannon, the pilot was intended to make two firing passes before gliding clear and landing the aircraft on its belly skid.
The Focke-Wulf Flitzer design had entered the mock-up phase at the end of the war in Europe. It shares the same general configuration as the successful DeHaviland Vampire, but early drawings added a liquid-fueled rocket for added acceleration. This feature would likely have been dropped on production aircraft. I also thought the wings looked a bit short and extended them both by about ¾ of an inch (18 mm) at the tips.
The aircraft is painted in a late-war camouflage scheme with the blue-white-blue Reich’s Defense Bands of JG 300. The Ruhrstahl X-4 air-to-air missiles are spares from Revell P.1101 kits.
This is my second build of Dragon’s P.1101 in a speculative camouflage scheme, in this case as a nightfighter. The colors are one of the standard Nachtjagd patterns of overall RLM 76 with RLM 75 mottles on the uppersurfaces. The codes indicate a machine assigned to NJG 1. Radar antenna are from Master, and are quite delicate.
The Messeschmitt P.1101 was a contender for the Luftwaffe Emergency Fighter Program which was eventually won by the Focke-Wulf Ta 183 design. The P.1101 was ordered into production as an experimental aircraft to test the effects of various wing sweep angles. The airframe was largely complete with a first flight scheduled for June 1945 but the war in Europe ended. The prototype was shipped to the United States after the war for study, and the design was developed into the Bell X-5.
The model is a “what if” build in operational markings. I prefer to finish speculative aircraft in actual camouflage and marking schemes, in this case the mixed camo colors are representative of the individually painted sub-assemblies seen on Luftwaffe aircraft during the last months of the war. The Reich’s Defense band is the blue of JG 54.
WHENEVER ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT BECOMES DESTRUCTIVE OF THESE ENDS (LIFE,LIBERTY,AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS) IT IS THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO ALTER OR ABOLISH IT, AND TO INSTITUTE A NEW GOVERNMENT― Thomas Jefferson