The He 162 Volksjager (vulks-yah-ger) was second jet fighter to enter service in Germany, and the fastest jet in production in WWII. Near the end of WWII, Germany needed a plane that could regain some air superiority and supplement the Me 262 jet fighter, so they asked for a fast, cheap fighter that could be mass produced using slave labor, called the Volksjäger. The He-162 was the answer to that call, and it was so cheap (it was made of wood panels glued together) that it could be discarded if damaged. It had a full speed of almost 600 mph and was armed with 2 20mm cannons. It had a single engine and was to be flown by teenaged boys of Hitler youth (that's why it is called the people's fighter). Unfortunately, it only saw action once, achieving only one air-to-air kill. My model is grey (to match my Ar-234 markings) and has retracting landing gear. I made it, just like Heinkel did (90 days), in a very short period of time. Enjoy!
About this creation
The bottom of the plane is not particularity nice, but it does completely conceal the landing gear.
The downward-pointing wingtips were an attempt to make the plane handle slightly better, as it was a hard plane to steer and about to enter production.
The radical design of having the single BMW turbojet mounted on top of the fuselage made it possible for the wings to be short, streamlined, and light, as they no longer needed to support the engines. It also means that for every 2 engines needed for a single Me-262, 2 Volksjägers could be made.
The tail of the plane is my favorite part. It effectively keeps the jet gases from buffering the control surfaces, but the odd angle makes the plane slightly harder to handle. Although it was designed to be flown by cadets, only experienced pilots could effectively maneuver it.
Where as the Me-262 was designed to be a fighter bomber/bomber-destroyer, the He-162 was to be a dogfihter. It had short wings, a light design, and a single engine. In the last weeks of the war, it may have shot downseveral planes, but only one kill was confirmed, a P-47 Thunderbolt.
Although the general design of the plane was incredibly modern for it's time, it was a failure because it was rushed along way too quickly, and because German wood glues never worked as well as the glues in wooden Allied planes, like the Mosquito.
And here it is with the Arado Ar-234 (feel free to check it out too!) Also, be sure to check out the He-162C and He-162D. They are faster, improved versions of this plane.
Very nice! On the HE162, the undercarriage and nose aren't the easiest to model, but you've done a great job!
When it comes to aircraft and Lego (bearing in mind I'm an aeronautical engineer by profession), if it's recognisable as the aircraft, it a good build, if it's close to the original aircraft, it's a great build, and if it's all those AND nicely detailled: epic build. Well done sir!