Oxford Diecast AC076 – 1/72 Scale Heinkel He 162 Diecast Model
Oxford Aviation Series
|Length||12.6 cm||4.96 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||10.0 cm||3.94 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage fixed retracted
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale Heinkel He 162 – Oxford Diecast AC076
Oxford Diecast AC076 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Heinkel He 162, Nr. 120072, surrended to the RAF in May 1945. During a demonstration flight on November 9, 1945, a structural failure caused the aircraft to crash, killing the pilot.
Heinkel He 162
The Heinkel He 162 is a German single-seat, single-engine, lightweight jet fighter, designed and flown in three months, with hundreds made in the following five months. Named Spatz (“Sparrow”) by Heinkel, Volksjäger (German, “People’s Fighter”), was the name given to the design competition and Salamander, the codename of the manufacturing program. The first flight took place on December 6, 1944, with deliveries to the first operational unit, I./JG 1 starting in February 1945, Built-in two main variants, the A-1 and A-2, with about 320 airframes built before wars end.
The fuselage is constructed mostly of metal with wooden nose cone and undercarriage doors, the wings and tail are wooden structures with plywood covering. The straight cantilever wing is high mounted with slight dihedral; the tailplanes have a high amount of dihedral with twin tailfins to clear the jet exhaust from the dorsal pod mounted engine. The tricycle undercarriage with the main units, fuselage-mounted, retracted rearward. The pilot sits in an ejection seat.
The aircraft uses a single BMW 109-003 axial-flow turbojet engine giving the He 162 a maximum speed of 840 km/h (520 mph) with normal thrust, 905 km/h (562 mph) with emergency thrust, a range of 975 km (606 mi) and a service ceiling of 12,000 m (39,000 ft). The fastest jet of the war it had a flight duration of only 30 minutes.
Armament consists of two 20 mm (0.787 in) MG 151/20 autocannon (He 162 A-2) 0r two 30 mm (1.181 in) MK 108 cannon (He 162 A-0, A-1) mounted one on each side of the fuselage positioned below the cockpit.
Flying the He 162
Royal Navy test pilot Captain Eric Brown found the He-162 to be a very unforgiving aeroplane, a stable gun platform with an excellent view from the cockpit except for the six o’clock position. Brown believed that had the Luftwaffe had time to develop the aircraft and train pilots fully, the He 162 would have been a formidable opponent.