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Heinkel He-162 Volksjäger (People's Fighter)
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.



Comments

 I like it 
  April 27, 2014
Never heard of this plane until now. But any how, this is really cool! I am a fan of German technology as they did create some weird stuff.
 I made it 
  March 22, 2014
Quoting Locutus 666 Nicely done. It looks very accurate.
Thnak you!
 I like it 
  March 20, 2014
Nicely done. It looks very accurate.
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  March 8, 2014
Quoting Henrik Jensen Great work, and easily recognizable. You have hit its shape quite well. He 162 is an exciting subject, I might choose to build one myself, someday.
Thank you! The 162 is quite an... interesting plane, with its ventral engine and all.
 I made it 
  March 8, 2014
Quoting Christo Tracey 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!
Thank you very much! Your 162 is not bad either. I think that it probably has a slightly better silhouette than mine. Have you seen the other 2 varients of the plane that I made? (they're pretty radical looking...)
 I made it 
  March 8, 2014
Quoting XY EZ Great plane!! I love it !! You seem to love German planes ... (Are you German?) 5/5 8-)
Thanks! I'm not German... but I do like German planes!
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  March 8, 2014
Great plane!! I love it !! You seem to love German planes ... (Are you German?) 5/5 8-)
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  February 1, 2014
Nicely designed. Well shaped, and a cool model.
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  February 1, 2014
Great work, and easily recognizable. You have hit its shape quite well. He 162 is an exciting subject, I might choose to build one myself, someday.
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  February 1, 2014
excellent work and I like this aircraft
 I like it 
  February 1, 2014
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!
 I made it 
  January 31, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Fantastic job! I really like how you shaped the fuselage. Love the retractable landing gear. The v tail is awesome. Excellent
thank you very much! I'm glad that the gear came out well. There was no room for a front tire, so that is why one is absent. I also love the shape of the tail. This one turned out well, i think.
 I made it 
  January 31, 2014
Quoting Kurt MOC Good work. You don't see this aircraft modelled often.
that is one of the reasons I made it! thank you!
 I like it 
  January 31, 2014
Good work. You don't see this aircraft modelled often.
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  January 31, 2014
Fantastic job! I really like how you shaped the fuselage. Love the retractable landing gear. The v tail is awesome. Excellent
 
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