He-100 D-1                

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Heinkel He-100D-1

Scale 1:33
Author: Rafal Ciesielski
File Size: 17.0Mb
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Heinkel He-100D-1

Model includes bonus parts for two additional marking variants

Price $10.00

Model # 003
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Technical data:
  Length 8.2 m    
  Span 9.42 m    
  Engine DB-601M 1,175hp
  Max Speed 670 km/h    
  Armament 1 x 20mm, 2 x 7.9mm
  Crew 1    
     You could safely say that the Heinkel He-100 was the first of Germany's Wunderwaffen...  Even though only handful of them existed and none saw any combat,  Allied pilots often claimed encounters and aerial victories over those planes.
     Airplane history (and its mystery) begins in 1936.  Heinkel's He-112 lost to Me-109 in a competition for the standard fighter for the Luftwaffe, but the company was not about to give up.  The next model supposed to have designation He-113, but Ernst Heinkel being superstitious was able to get the designation changed to He-100...  In order to obtain maximum performance from the DB-601, the new plane introduced several innovative features.  The biggest of them was the use of evaporative cooling on wing surfaces instead of a conventional cooling system.  This system required 22 separate pumps to assure proper coolant circulation and a special semi-retractable radiator under the wing to cool the oil.  Another innovative feature was that the engine was mounted directly to a strong forward fuselage as opposed to internal struts resulting in a very tight fitting cowling.  The complex and failure prone evaporative cooling system was discarded in the D-series and substituted with even larger retractable radiator.  Despite the fact that He-100 appeared to be the most advanced fighter of the time, it never entered mass production.  Exactly why this happened, depends on who is telling the story.
     And now enter the Wunderwaffe...
     In 1940 the He 100's were publicized by Goebbels  in a propaganda effort aimed at convincing people that a new fighter was entering service with the Luftwaffe. The plan involved taking pictures of the remaining D-1's at different air bases around Germany, each time sporting a new paint job for various fictional fighter groups. There were even "action shot" photographs then published in the press with the He 113 name (go figure...) claiming the plane proved itself in combat over Denmark and Norway...
 

Model built and photographed by the author, used with permission.

 

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