ANT-42

Price: 90.00
Availability: In Stock
Seccion: 1/48 Conversion Sets
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1/48 Messerschmitt Me 262 + Junkers Ju 287 Mistel composite

Product Description
The conversion set features 19 resin parts, decals for the lower component, steel rods, instructions. Developed for 1/48 Dragon kit #5541 Me 262 Mistel
German engineers studied, through several experiments carried out during the WWII, all possible configurations for towing conventional aircraft assembled to form a composite flying machine. This was the original idea for the Mistel composite. Basically, the Mistel had two components: the upper fighter aircraft was used a guide plane and the lower unit was used as a bombing weapon, fitted with a hollow charge in the nose, instead the standard cockpit. Thus, combat Mistel, guided by the fighter pilot, flew in open formations to the target’s area: naval units, bunkers and bridges. After visual identification, the pilot centered the target in his reflector gun sight while maintain the shallow dive, aiming the lower plane, and fired the explosive bolts that joined the two machines. The first Mistel combat composites were combinations of Junkers Ju 88 and Fw 190 and Me 109 as guide planes. Next generation was projected around the fastest available aircraft. There was a project of mating two Me 262 A, the lower fitted with a warhead in the nose and pilot’s place occupied by a fuel tank. For taking off, the unit was put on a detachable five wheeled take-off trolley developed by Rheinmetall-Borsig and propelled by a Walter Ri 202 rocket unit. A variation of this idea consisted of replacing the lower aircraft with an unpiloted variation of the Junkers Ju 287, equipped with a warhead of 3800 kgs. of explosive on the nose. The upper fighter was a standard Me 262 A-1a, fitted with two Jumo 004 jet engines, while the lower bomber had four BMW 003 A engines, mounted in a pair of twin-engine nacelles under each wing. The take-off trolley was modified due the bigger size of the bombing unit.
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