44.23 Germany Focke-Wulf Ta-154 “Moskito”, 1/72 scale Pioneer kit 4 4001, NIB parts in factory sealed plastic bag.
The Ta-154 was formulated in September 1942 in response to a request for a specialized night fighter. To conserve vital material the request insisted that the airplane construction make extensive use of wood. The first prototype was completed in ten months and was flown for the first time on July 7, 1943. There were seven prototypes made which used a variety of engines and radar systems and were tested into 1944. Then eight preproduction models were made and after some development work, six of them were diverted to the Mistel roll. Work progressed on the production models and an order for 250 had been placed in November 1943. The first two production units crashed due to glue joint failures as a result of glue which was too acidic. As a result only seven of the Ta-154A-1 were completed, but they were delivered to a service unit
Crew: 2; Length: 41 ft 3 in; Wingspan: 52 ft 6 in; Engines (2): 1,750 hp Junkers Jumo 213E 12 cylinder inverted Vee; Weight: loaded 19,842 lb; Maximum Speed: 399 mph at 26,240 ft); Range: 855 mi combat, 1,160 mi ferry; Armament: two 30 mm MK 108 cannons, two 20 mm MG151 cannon.
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