Monday, August 5

The night hunter cometh - MiniArt's 35th scale Nachjager Triebflügeljäger emerges..

MiniArt's newest version of the Focke-Wulf Nachjager Triebflügeljäger version has just been announced for a release date very shortly. We take a look at the new parts and markings of this night fighter variant of the new kit in our preview...

Miniart still going straight up with their latest release...

Focke-Wulf Triebeflügel Nachtjager
1/35th scale 
Kit No #40013
Four marking choices in the box
MiniArt has followed sensible form and released a night fighter variant of their just-released and already successful kit of the "What-If" design Focke-Wulf Triebeflügel Nachtjager. This is the second boxing, with some new parts and all new decals (and amazing box art!) We thought we might show you the history, and the new arts in the kit in our preview...

Focke-Wulf Triebeflügel Nachtjager
The Focke-Wulf Triebflügel, or Triebflügeljäger, literally meaning "thrust-wing hunter", was a German concept for an aircraft designed in 1944, during the final phase of World War II as a defence against the ever-increasing Allied bombing raids on central Germany. It was a vertical take-off and landing tailsitter interceptor design for local defence of important factories or areas which had small or no airfields.
The Triebflügel had only reached the wind-tunnel testing phase in mockups when the Allied forces reached the production facilities. No complete prototype was ever built.
This Focke-Wulf VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) fighter/interceptor was designed in September 1944. The three untapered wings rotated around the fuselage and had a gradually decreasing pitch towards the wingtips, thus acting like a giant propeller. At the end of each wing was a Pabst ramjet, Since ramjets do not operate at slow speeds, either the rotor had to be driven by a fuselage-mounted takeoff-booster or small Walter rocket engines could have been fitted to each ramjet pod. 
The pilot sat in a cockpit near the nose and the armament consisted of two MK 103 30mm cannon with 100 rounds plus two MG 151/20 20mm cannon with 250 rounds. Although the Triebflugel was not constructed, a wind tunnel model was tested up to a speed of Mach 0.9.
General characteristics
Crew: one
Length: 9.15 m (30 ft 0 in)
Wingspan: 11.5 m (37 ft 9 in)
Gross weight: 2,500 kg (5,512 lb)
Powerplant: 3 × Pabst ramjets, 8.9 kN (2,000 lbf) thrust each
Powerplant: 3 × Walter liquid fuel rockets
Powerplant: 2 × standard German Walter 109-501 RATO units , 14.71 kN (3,306 lbf) thrust each

Maximum speed: 1,000 km/h (621 mph; 540 kn)
Never exceed speed: 2,700 km/h (1,678 mph; 1,458 kn)
Minimum control speed: 230 km/h (143 mph; 124 kn)
Service ceiling: 15,300 m (50,200 ft)
Rate of climb: 50 m/s (9,800 ft/min)

Guns: 2 × 30 mm MK-103 each with 100 rounds + 2 × 20 mm MG-151 each with 250 rounds
This new 1/35th scale Focke Wulf Triebflugel Interceptor kit from MiniArt
Moulded in plastic in 1/35th scale, this is the night fighter variant of the kit only just released last month by MiniArt. MiniArt has done a smart thing by re-creating this What-if? aircraft as the first in their aircraft model series...

The feature set of the "Nachtjager" kit:
The sprues of the kit - notice the detailed surface details on the aircraft skin? very nice...
 The new radar set for the nose is the new sprue for this kit.
Photo-etched Parts Included
Decal Sheet For 4 Variants especially for this version of the night fighter that all look very cool and fit in with the "What-if?" vibe of this kit...
The decal sheet is all new of course
More about this kit of the Focke-Wulf Triebflügel in 1/35th scale as it comes to light - check out more about MiniArt's kits on their Website.