EMW A-10 German Manned Ballistic Missile Concept V.1 (1945)
About the Design
Designed to strike the American East Coast, the EMW A-10 was a two-stage ballistic missile based on the venerable A-4, better known as the V-2. In this first version, plans called for the first stage to carry six EMW engines that fed into a common nozzle. The upper stage (the A-9) would carry a pilot as well as the missile's warhead (perhaps a nuclear weapon). An interesting feature of this arrangement was that the upper stage was to be embedded within the first instead of being stacked as is common with all modern multi-stage rockets.
According to the proposed scenario, the pilot would be guided across the Atlantic to his target by a series of strategically placed U-boats and then bail out just as the rocket went into its final dive.
Although the A-10 rocket never went past the concept stage, it would not be long before multi-stage rockets were a reality.
If memory serves, the A-10 made an appearance at the climax of the 1965 WWII adventure film "Operation Crossbow," starring George Peppard.
About the Kit
This resin and white metal kit was released by A+V Models of the Czech Republic in 1997. Unfortunately, the entire A-9 upper stage was not provided; it would have been nice to have been able to separate the upper and lower vehicles