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Heinkel He-162C and He-162D
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By taking my He-162 and modifying the wings and tail, I was able to create not one but two variants of this plane that would have appeared not soon after the end of WWII. The "C" model has swept back wings, while the wings of the "D" model are swept forward! Enjoy!
About this creation


This is the He-162D. It has forward swept wings. Largely ignored until the 1980s (when the X-23 and Su-47 flew), this wing design offered superb maneuverability. They also could make the plane go faster as they were swept. The one problem with the wings is that they had a tendency to twist in flight, which could be disastrous. At that time, the composites that would make them bendy enough so they wouldn't be brittle but at the same time would keep them stable didn't exist, or if they did they were in short supply for Germany. Planes like the X-23 or Su-47 had their wings made out of a special composite that was strong enough to not twist in flight, but was also a bit flexible so the wings did not snap off in fight.



The only main differences between the He-162 and the He-162D were the wings and tail surfaces. The fuselage, engine, and other parts remained largely the same.



Just look at those wings and that tail. I'll bet you'd be surprised to see that while flying your big P-47.



The elegant V-tail promised better maneuverability and was also simpler than the original tail. On both models it was swept backwards.



This is the He-162C. Like the "D" variant, it had a swept V-tail. Unlike the "D" version, however, its wings were swept backward like a conventional plane. This would have made it slightly less maneuverable than the "D" model but simpler and more durable. It also meant that, using current materials (like the wood it was to be made of), it actually would have been effective in flight. Maybe.



To make these planes, all I did was redo the tail, make a set of wings and then turned them the other direction to make the second version.



Apart from being very fast, the planes would have had a great rate of climb, perfect for intercepting slow Allied bombers and their more nimble, but still slow, escorts.



With its more conventional design, the "C" model was designed by Heinkel slightly earlier than the "D" model. Depending on where the plane was operating would determine which model it was. However, before a single prototype of either plane could be completed, Germany lost the war. Any scientific information it had discovered was snatched up by the US, Russia, and the other Allies. However, the swept wing legacy continues on. Many planes today have swept wings (like all of the airliners we fly in), and some, like the Russian Su-47 and the NASA X-23 prototypes, have swept-forward wings. However, both designs sort of lost out to delta wings (as in the F-102) and stubby, razor-thin wings (as in the F/A-18 and F-104) in fighter jets. I hope you enjoyed these planes!



Comments

 I made it 
  April 5, 2014
Quoting Tyler Berry Cool
thanx
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  April 5, 2014
Cool
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  April 5, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti That's awesome I can't wait to see it. Good luck in the contest I'll be rooting for you!
I will see what I can do (but I cannot make any promises.)
 I like it 
  April 5, 2014
That's awesome I can't wait to see it. Good luck in the contest I'll be rooting for you!
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  February 25, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti By all means do the focke-wulf that was the one I was trying to find to suggest you do. I'm glad you knew the one I was thinking of.
I'll see what i can do. I'll do the second design. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke-Wulf_Ta_183
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  February 23, 2014
By all means do the focke-wulf that was the one I was trying to find to suggest you do. I'm glad you knew the one I was thinking of.
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  February 23, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Awesome! How about a Horten HO-229 it looks quite challenging . There's a link below . I was trying to find the German jet fighter that the Russians used to build there Mig 15 and the US used to build the F-86 saber. I saw it wants on the history channel but I can't remember the designation . Darn if it didn't look like a cross between the two. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horten_Ho_229
Ok then. Looks hard, but I could probably do it. Oh and the plane that you are thinking of is the Focke-wulf Ta-183. (I was planning on making one; they are so cool looking)
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  February 23, 2014
Awesome! How about a Horten HO-229 it looks quite challenging . There's a link below . I was trying to find the German jet fighter that the Russians used to build there Mig 15 and the US used to build the F-86 saber. I saw it wants on the history channel but I can't remember the designation . Darn if it didn't look like a cross between the two. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horten_Ho_229
 I made it 
  February 23, 2014
Quoting Mister Lego ~ Sweet looking fighter, nice job! Mind checking this out if you've got some extra time, http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/381903
Thank you! your creation is quite cool as well!
 I made it 
  February 23, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Awesome aircraft! I just love looking at all the prototypes Germany had at wars end just amazing! Fantastic job on your variants
I had the body of the 162 (the wings were destroyed) so I decided to make a more exotic plane with what I had. Thank you! Oh, and by the way, if you want me to make a specific plane, just ask and i'll see what I can do!
 I made it 
  February 23, 2014
Quoting Henrik Jensen Fine work with the variants. But there seems to be missing a gull-wing appearance on the He 162C variant?
I never found much on the C or D variants. The best I had was a few pictures of the top, and a video on it. Both stated that the wing on the C was the same as the D, but just turned around.
 I like it 
  February 23, 2014
Awesome aircraft! I just love looking at all the prototypes Germany had at wars end just amazing! Fantastic job on your variants
 I like it 
  February 23, 2014
Sweet looking fighter, nice job! Mind checking this out if you've got some extra time, http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/381903
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  February 23, 2014
Fine work with the variants. But there seems to be missing a gull-wing appearance on the He 162C variant?
 
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