Rheinmetal-Borsig VTOL Luft '46 Jet Fighter Concept (1945)
About the Design
During World War II, German aircraft designers developed numerous plans for vertically launched point-defense fighters that would not be encumbered by the need for large (and vulnerable) runways. However, while launching a fighter vertically seemed simple enough, landing one the same way posed a host of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
The Rheinmetal-Borsig jet-powered VTOL represented a creative solution to this dilemma. While launched vertically, the plane was designed to land like a conventional aircraft on bicycle landing gears.
The plane never developed beyond the "paper project" stage.
About the Kit
Produced in 1:72 for Fantastic Plastic Models by Anigrand Craftswork, this was one of Anigrand's first kits to feature a clear resin canopy instead of the traditional vacuform.
This model was built from an original issue.