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Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet -- 1/48 Fine Molds "Shusui"!
The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet (Comet) was a single-seat
interceptor that operated from 1944 to 1945. It was also the fastest and one of
the most radical airplanes of the war. In 1938 Professor Alex Lippisch headed a
project that produced the DFS 194 rocket test aircraft, which became the
predecessor of Me 163. Lippisch was transferred to Messerschmitt in 1939 and the
project transformed into one for a combat aircraft. In August 1943 a prototype
Komet was finished, powered by the 1,705kg thrust of a Walter HWK 109-509
rocket. The Me 163B was a small tailless aircraft that took off from a trolley
and landed on a sprung skid. Sitting in a pressurized cockpit in the nose, the
pilot could fire two 30mm MK 208 cannon in the wing roots. Later in the war the
Me 163B's were equipped with 24 R4/M rockets which could shoot down a B-17
Flying Fortress with a single hit.
As part of their alliance, Germany provided the Japanese Empire with plans and an example of the Me 163. The Japanese versions were designed as trainers, fighters, and interceptors. Differences between the versions were fairly minor. The Mitsubishi Ki-200 Shusui('Shu' means 'autumn', 'sui' means 'water' in Japanese) was the equivalent of the 163 B, armed with two 30 mm Ho 155-II cannon. The Navy version, the Mitsubishi J8M1 Shusui, simply replaced the Ho 155 cannon with the Navy's 30mm Type 5.
Mitsubishi also planned on producing a version of the 163 C for the Navy, known as the J8M2 Shusui Model 21. A version of the 163 D/263 was known as the J8M3 Shusui for the Navy with the Type 5 cannon, and Ki-202 Shusui-kai('kai' means 'modified' in Japanese) with the Ho 155-II for the Army.
Trainers were planned, roughly the equivalent of the Me 163 A-0/S. These were known as the Yokoi Ku-13 Akigusa ('Aki' means also 'autumn' and 'gusa (kusa)' means 'grass' in Japanese) or Ki-200 Syusui Rocket Interceptor practice glider.
Theme: A Japanese collector of WWII memorabilia discovered this gem of a Rocket Plane structure abandoned. A reconstruction was executed to "Pretty It Up".!! I think they succeeded!
PE IP from kit brushed with Gunze Metallic Blue Green Acrylic. Then flat sanded with "fine" sanding stick to brighten instrument "bezels". Film then attached to rear with future.
Seat sprayed with Alclad Magnesium. Kit PE seatbelts added.
OOB Cockpit assembly with out Instrument Panel. Several Mike Grant Placards have been added.
Upper shell internal sidewalls with some OOB small pit parts added!
Instrument Panel now added to pit!
Leading edge now sprayed with A2 "Dark Aluminum. Aileron/flap support panels now sprayed with A2 Steel. Ailerons and Flaps sprayed with A2 Titanium Gold. Tips sprayed with A2 Clear Red Lacquer. Next will be panel line wash and decals. It is difficult to show how shiny the wing center panels are!
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