Kit – 1/72 scratchbuilt Stöckel (Blohm & Voss) Rammschussjäger
Stemming from an RLM request in the spring of 1944 for a disposable fast fighter, Blohm & Voss responded in August with a design by Dr. J. Stöckel for a suicide rammer. Launched either piggyback at altitude or vertically from the ground, the aircraft would use rockets to accelerate it to ramjet speed, then be flown into a bomber stream and impacted against a target. Sanity ultimate prevailed and Stöckel redesigned it with a downward-ejecting seat for the pilot. The proposal was rejected in favor of the Ba-349 Natter, submitted one month previously.
Reading about the diminutive fighter in a Luftwaffe Secret Projects book, I thought I could build one. I used the book’s 3-view layout for shape reference, scaled all dimensions to 1/72, then found a couple of drop tanks in my spares box that closely matched the size and complex composition of the fuselage. I cut holes for the cockpit, cannon ports, and nosegear well (figuring that, if it had gone into production, it would have been valuable enough to be both armed and retrieved completely), then installed a rudimentary cockpit and wheel well. I cut circular plates from .040 plastic that fit snugly inside the ramjet segment, then built a simple spacer so I could slide the thinned cylindrical rear fuselage over them. The wings are sheet plastic with sprue hunks inside to curve them to airfoil shape, and the tail units are solid sheet. Landing gear was from the spares box, and the braces in the annular intake ring are tiny pieces of .010 plastic. Decals are aftermarket, and paint is Model Master 74/75/76. The photo with the Me-109 shows the petite size of this technologically superior aircraft.
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