Mistel 5: Heinkel He.162A w/Arado E77A Flying Bomb (1945)
About the Design
During the closing months of WWII, numerous "Mistels" -- tandem-aircraft designs -- were proposed by German aircraft manufacturers. Among these designs was this dual-aircraft system consisting of a jet-powered Heinkel He162-A "Salamander" and an E337 gliding bomb. Because the He162's powerplant could never lift both craft on its own, the winged bomb was to to be given its own set of jet engines. Upon separation, the Salamander pilot was to guide the bomb toward its target -- either a large ship or building -- via wire. Or the bomb could simply be allowed to glide freely.
Conceived late in the War, this weapons system was never actually built.
About the Kit
This excellent kit from China's Shanghai Dragon company came complete with a detailed take-off trolley. It was later re-released by Revell of Germany with new box art.
This model from built from an original issue.