Japanese ramjet and training glider
The cockpit - no matter if ramjet or gas turbine - avoids that air goes through the fuselage, this wouldn´t work. Compared to the drawing I found in the internet it seems as the pilot is in a lying position above the intake. Very similar to the German ramjet project Skoda Kauba SK P.14.
I modified my model to make a real ramjet out of it. I removed all holders for the cockpit parts inside the intake to make it looking like the empty tube of a ramjet. I used an external fuel tank of another kit as the cone and fitted it with a carbon fibre rod. I built a new cockpit and added a pilot in lying position.
Further I thought about the landing. The kit includes a
landing gear, but this does not really match to a supersonic-fighter. So I added a
landing skid, like the Me 163 Komet has.
Both models got an antenna and a pitot tube. The glider got a tow release in
the nose. I painted both planes with brush. After attaching the decals I sprayed
clear varnish over it.
Photos and text © by Thomas Brückelt