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Germany's "manned missile" - Natter OOB
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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 01:53 PM UTC
When it comes to crazy, desperate ideas executed with inappropriate haste, advanced-yet-available technology and a good side helping of Teutonic efficiency, there’s little doubt that the WWII Luftwaffe has to be champion. Be it rocket planes that were more dangerous to their crews than the enemy or stealthy flying wing fighters, the RLM and German industry were up to a lot of different things as WWII came to a close.

One of the more frightening ones that saw testing and actual deployment was the Bachem Natter. This was a VTO point defence fighter, more akin to a “Manned Missile” than any other aircraft that made it to service, except the Japanese Ohka. Of course, in great German fashion, there were all kinds of tests and prototypes! One such machine was the first (and only) manned article, Natter M23. The good folks at Brengun have actually made a kit of this little (and deadly) oddity. Check it out at the link below!

https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/out-of-box-reviews/brengun-1-72-bp-20-natter-mustermaschine-m22-m23-oob/


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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2018 - 12:12 AM UTC
Dragon has had one of these in 1/48 scale for some time now.

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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2018 - 04:46 AM UTC
Interesting concept. Must have been one hell of a ride!

Jim
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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2018 - 05:19 AM UTC

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Dragon has had one of these in 1/48 scale for some time now.




And Fly has had a 1/32 version out as well.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2018 - 11:20 AM UTC
Don't forget the old Heller one. It's actually quite good, all things considered, and in some ways is superior to the Brengun offering, since it has the clear rocket cover and is a combat-type Ba-349a, vs. BP-20 test-type of the Brengun.