1/72 Bird Models Lippisch P.09 Entwurf 1 "Spaßvogel"

Gallery Article by Thomas Brückelt on Dec 14 2018



The Lippisch P.09 was a planned jet fighter with two jet engines and one rocket engine in the tail. Entwurf 1 (Stage 1) was planned to take off with releasable gear, like the Me 163 had. It should land on a skid. 

My idea was to show the projected aircraft with a civil painting. 

The story to my fictional model could be: The almost finished prototype was successfully hidden and found some years after the war. Some aircraft enthusiasts finished it and replaced the rocket engine by a smoke generator. Because it´s so much fun to fly they called it "Spaßvogel" ("Fun bird", the meaning of the word "Spaßvogel" is jokester).... 

I found no views of the first stage of the Lippisch P.09, only the later version with the retractable landing gear. So I made some modifications, as it is a "what if", anyway.

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Inside the cockpit I added a pilot figure, a seat, a stick, the instrument panel and side panels with thrust lever. 

The compressors of the jet engines I showed with self printed decals. 

To make it looking faster I made the wings smaller. 

I reworked the areas between the fuselage and the jet engines and removed material there and gave an aerodynamic shape to it.  Additional details are the antenna and the pitot tube.

The model was painted with colors from Humbrol and Revell with brush.

After attaching the self printed decals (except the flags and the tank covers, they came from another kit) I sprayed silk, clear varnish over the Spaßvogel.

You can see a picture that compares my model with a photo of the P.09 as it comes out of the kit.

I had fun making this special model, I could bring in some creativity there!

Greetings from Germany

Thomas Brückelt

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