BRIEF HE-162 HISTORY:
The Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger (German, “People’s Fighter”),was a German single-engine, jet-powered fighter aircraft fielded by the Luftwaffe in World War II. Designed and built quickly, and made primarily of wood as metals were in very short supply and prioritised for other aircraft. The He 162 was nevertheless the fastest of the first generation of Axis and Allied jets.Read the rest of the article on wikipedia.
The prototype flew within an astoundingly short period of time: the design was chosen on 25 September and first flew on 6 December, less than 90 days later. This was despite the fact that the factory making plywood glue — used in a substantial number of late-war German aviation designs whose airframes were meant to be constructed mostly from wood — had been bombed by the Royal Air Force and a replacement had to be quickly substituted, without realizing that the replacement adhesive would turn out to be highly corrosive to the wooden parts it was intended to be fastening. The first flight of the He 162 V1, by Flugkapitän Gotthard Peter, was fairly successful, but during a high-speed run at 840 km/h (520 mph), the highly acidic replacement glue attaching the nose gear strut door failed and the pilot was forced to land.
The difficulties experienced by the He 162 were caused mainly by its rush into production, not by any inherent design flaws. One experienced Luftwaffe pilot who flew it called it a “first-class combat aircraft.” This opinion was mirrored by Eric “Winkle” Brown of the Fleet Air Arm (FAA), who flew it not only during post-war evaluations, but went on to fly it for fun after testing had completed. He considered it delightful to fly, although the very light controls made it suitable only for experienced pilots.
PRODUCTS USED IN THIS VIDEO:
DRAGON & TAMIYA BOTH MAKE THIS KIT
DRAGON kit does have flaws with the fit of the cockpit components. I would advise to go for TAMIYA kit instead.
PHOTO-ETCHED SEAT BELTS
I am using photoetched seat belts from Lion Roar for US WW2 planes. To be more accurate you could use German Seat -also from Lion Roar.
ACRYLIC THINNER & PAINTS
In this video, I am using TAMIYA X20 A acrylic thinner and the following GUNZE acrylic semi-gloss colors: RLM 75- Gray Violet, RLM 76-Light Blue, RLM 81-Brown Violet and RLM 82-Light Green.
TAMIYA PANEL LINE ACCENT WASH
This enamel wash comes with its own applicator. It is really easy to use. I highly recommend!
ARTIST TURPENTINE & OIL PAINTS
In this video I am using Artist Turpentine & Dark Brown and Black Oil Paint. Just your average craft oil paints will do.
VALLEJO ACRYLIC PAINTS
If you are going to paint with a paint brush than Valleyo paints are a must. To thin, just use water.
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