Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein

in Israeli service (48th scale)

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Academy  48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein

in Israeli service in 1952

Model & diorama built 5th May 2020 to 31st August 2020

 

I had wanted to return to some Luft '46 projects for a while and the Huckebein fitted the bill. However I wanted it to be in the service of a Nation that we would never associate it with - yet it should still be plausible. So I hit upon the idea of it being in Israeli service in the 1950s which would have been plausible as they had used the Bf-109 after the war.

 

Whilst researching the project I found that Czechoslovakia had a number of Me-262 airframes at war's end that they pressed into service for several years. It was rumoured that these had been sent to Israel in 1948. However the rumours appear to have been cover for a genuine shipment of British jet fighters.

 

The diorama makes use of the Airfix "Afghan Single Storey House".

 

Photos of the original kits are here.

Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein
Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein
The bombs shown are IAF vintage 250kg GP bombs by IsraCast. If you look closely you can see the aircraft has sunk into the sand up to its axles. Items like the 48th scale crates shown have been in my collection for a while and may be old Verlinden items.  
Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein
Some of the barrels shown are by Aires Aerobonus. The roof is covered with tissue soaked in PVA glue.    
Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein
The wall fragments are actually plaster of paris that was set in a mould then broken with a hammer.      
Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein
    The tarpaulin is a piece of foil from a old wine bottle.  
Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein
       
Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein Academy 48th scale Focke-Wulf Ta-183 Huckebein  
       

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