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Oxford Diecast Oxford Aviation AC076
Heinkel He 162 Volksjager Diecast Model
RAF, Germany, 1945, Captured Aircraft

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Heinkel He 162 Volksjager   5"   4"

This model is based on a Salamander handed over to the RAF by the Luftwaffe after their surrender in May 1945, Nr. 120072. As with all such aircraft, they were evaluated by Allied pilots, in this case Eric "Winkle" Brown who announced that it was had the lightest and most effective aerodynamically balanced controls that he had ever experienced. However, there was a persistent flaw with the He 162 Salamander in the potential weakness of the rudder. He passed on this information to RAF pilot Flt Lt R A Marks. However, the warning went unheeded and on 9th November 1945, during a demonstration flight at RAE Farnborough, part of the rudder and tail fin broke off and the plane crashed killing both the pilot and a soldier on the ground.

This replica is a reminder of that fatal day and is decorated in two tone dark green to the upper wings with a blue grey underside and an off-white nose cone. The RAF Number 120072 is printed on the tail fin and the aircraft features the RAF roundel on the upper and lower wings and along the rear section of the fuselage. With a dark grey interior, the model is rounded off with a transparent cockpit hatch.

There are still several He 162 Salamanders in existence, displayed at aircraft museums across the world, including the UK.

Heinkel He 162 Volksjager

Designed as a cheaply and easily constructed jet interceptor, the He 162 was first flown on December 6th, 1944. Developed under the codename "Salamander", the 162 was more commonly known as the "Volksjager" or "People's Fighter". As allied forces steadily impeded the Luftwaffe's ability to counter high-altitude bombers, the 162 was rushed into production as a "disposable" high-speed interceptor, constructed from non-strategic materials by largely un-skilled workers. Despite it's advanced design, numerous issues resulting from its hurried production and late arrival into the war prevented it from realizing its full potential as an effective jet fighter.

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Oxford Diecast Oxford Aviation

The Oxford Diecast "Oxford Aviation" range presents affordable, ready made diecast models of military aircraft.

Oxford Diecast "Oxford Aviation" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Permanently retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Fixed, non-spinning plastic propellers.
  • No pilot figures.

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