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Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein
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Named after a cartoon raven that couses trouble, the Ta 183 was designed as a successor to planes like the Me-262 and He-162. It had swept wings and a turbojet producing almost 4,000 punds of thrust. This model was quite difficult to build because of all of the structual problems involved in it and the fact that there are many different versions of this. Anyways, here is what I came up with. (Oh and PS this was requested by clayton Marchetti [http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/40311].) Here it goes:
About this creation


The Ta-183 was designed in early 1945 to a) counter new Allied jets (like the Meteor and the P-80), b) to be a high-altitude fighter to interecept the B-29s which may have entered service in Europe if need be, and c) to replace planes like the Me-262. As you can see it is an oddly-shaped jet.



The wings were swept back at about 45 degrees and mounted near the canopy.



The intake is in the nose. The plane looks quite similar to the later MiG-15... but they said that the plane was "their design..." Wait a minute!



Taking off to go destroy some bombers!



Wheels up!



Because of its tall, short and fat fuselage, it was nicknamed the "hunchback." but it was supposed to be fast and some would have carried the world's first air-to-air missiles.



The cockpit is quite roomy. Yet this pilot doesn't look so happy... perhaps it is because he hasn't got a backrest.



And the reason for that it because there is a small compartment. It is normally used to hold a pistol (just in case), but can also hold many other things, like be- soda, chips, gummi worms...



The front wheel has a suspension system that makes landing this ugly little plane slightly easier.



A nice deep wheel bay conceals the front tire...



...and doors cover it up to reduce drag.



Oh, did I mention that when you turn the end of the engine (that little drum) the main undercarriage folds down?



Yes, that thing. And it works (it took a while, but it was worth it!).



The rear wheels have their own cozy bay.



And they are locked in by a special* system


*not actually that special. Just oversized tires.


They also fully retract and a complex system of doors covers them up. The real plane would have had a much simpler system, but much weaker landing legs. That couldn't have been good.



Look at that long, tiny vertical stabilizer and that tiny set of tailplanes. Must have made the plane hard to control.



However, in flight, it would have been a graceful warbird. If any were built, that is. The only ones really flown were wind tunnel models and toy gliders.



The pilot next to his craft, sometime in 1946.



And there you go, a summary of the Ta-183. I hope you enjoyed it and please leave a comment!



Comments

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  May 18, 2014
Quoting john lamarck Well done but it's too big to be minifig scale. The main undercarriage wheels are too small.
I would remake this if I could. And I may. I do not have any different sized wheels, and I think it is close enough to be minifig scale. It is pretty much to scale with my little He 162 and that is minifig scale. This plane is one of the larger fighters designed during WWII.
 I made it 
  April 9, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Thank you Bill! One of these days I'll get back into aircraft , and with all the new parts the skies the limit :-) one of the nice things about the Stuka is it had fixed landing gear. There's probably better ways to do the wheel shoes though. Are you done with those pics or do you need them up still?
No, i'm done with them. thank you! I would actually recommend making pages for those planes! I never knew you made aircraft, because I never saw any (well, besides the Batcopters).
 I like it 
  April 9, 2014
Thank you Bill! One of these days I'll get back into aircraft , and with all the new parts the skies the limit :-) one of the nice things about the Stuka is it had fixed landing gear. There's probably better ways to do the wheel shoes though. Are you done with those pics or do you need them up still?
 I like it 
  April 9, 2014
Ok the pictures are up . In the Buck Rogers folder click on the Draconian Marauder. Let me know when your done so I can delete them .
 I made it 
  March 28, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Magnificat! That's the aircraft alright. I love the landing gear mechanism that's awesome! Fantastic shaping of the fuselage . Cockpit looks cool I like the storage area. You certainly put a lot of time and research into this masterpiece . Thank you for the mention by the way! There's no doubt in my mind that the Russians and the Americans copied this airframe especially when you look at the US and Britains first jets. Thank you for building this beautiful aircraft. Excellent work!
Hey Clayton would you like me to make something else (besides the Ho229, i couldn't do it)? I'm out of ideas.
 I made it 
  March 22, 2014
Quoting john lamarck Well done but it's too big to be minifig scale. The main undercarriage wheels are too small.
I do agree that the wheels are quite small, but they are all I had. I also know the plane is quite big for minifig scale, but by the time I realized it was too large I was almost finished with the fuselage and in no mood to redo it.
 I like it 
  March 22, 2014
Well done but it's too big to be minifig scale. The main undercarriage wheels are too small.
 I made it 
  March 10, 2014
Quoting Stephan N Very cool, the way you build is very nice. To attach the wings so is a good idea
Thank you! The wings, although they look nice, are actually very delicate. As is the tail.
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  March 10, 2014
Very cool, the way you build is very nice. To attach the wings so is a good idea
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  March 8, 2014
Quoting XY EZ Really really excellent job!! I love the shaping! One little point of criticism is may be that the rear wing is a bit top long compared to the rest of the plane... 5/5 8-)
Thanks! Yeah, the tail was the hardest part to do, as it needed a certain angle and also weighed a lot, so the early models used to pull the rear off. I had to settle on a design that was light enough to go back there without any structural issues. This came at the cost of looking less realistic.
 I like it 
  March 8, 2014
Really really excellent job!! I love the shaping! One little point of criticism is may be that the rear wing is a bit top long compared to the rest of the plane... 5/5 8-)
 I made it 
  March 7, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Hey Bill I see you joined the 15 piece challenge awesome I can't wait to see what you make!
I finished my 15 piece vehicle for the challenge!
 I made it 
  March 7, 2014
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Looks good! Great details.
Thank you! It too a while to get this plane just right.
 I like it 
  March 6, 2014
Looks good! Great details.
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  March 5, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Hey Bill I see you joined the 15 piece challenge awesome I can't wait to see what you make!
I don't know yet (but I'm pretty sure it will be a plane of some sort!), but I'll see what I can do. And by the way, I think that your mini batcopter looks excellent!
 I like it 
  March 5, 2014
Hey Bill I see you joined the 15 piece challenge awesome I can't wait to see what you make!
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  March 3, 2014
Quoting Henrik Jensen Nice model! You have really been creative with the landing gear. In my view, you have hit the shape quite well, maybe the tailrudder is just a tiny bit too high / long.
Thank you! The tail was quite hard to get exact. If I had made it slightly more detailed it would have been too heavy and I would there fore need to redesign the entire rear end of the jet to conform to the extra wieght.
 I like it 
  March 3, 2014
Nice model! You have really been creative with the landing gear. In my view, you have hit the shape quite well, maybe the tailrudder is just a tiny bit too high / long.
 I like it 
  March 3, 2014
very nice work and I really enjoyed with the details.. well done mate
 I made it 
  March 2, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Magnificat! That's the aircraft alright. I love the landing gear mechanism that's awesome! Fantastic shaping of the fuselage . Cockpit looks cool I like the storage area. You certainly put a lot of time and research into this masterpiece . Thank you for the mention by the way! There's no doubt in my mind that the Russians and the Americans copied this airframe especially when you look at the US and Britains first jets. Thank you for building this beautiful aircraft. Excellent work!
Thank you very much! It was my pleasure building the plane, even if it was hard at multiple different points. I am glad that this plane pleases you.
 I like it 
  March 2, 2014
P.S. I forgot to mention , that was really awesome the way you mounted the wings.
  March 2, 2014
Magnificat! That's the aircraft alright. I love the landing gear mechanism that's awesome! Fantastic shaping of the fuselage . Cockpit looks cool I like the storage area. You certainly put a lot of time and research into this masterpiece . Thank you for the mention by the way! There's no doubt in my mind that the Russians and the Americans copied this airframe especially when you look at the US and Britains first jets. Thank you for building this beautiful aircraft. Excellent work!
 
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