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Me1101 Nachtjager
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Manufacturer: Dragon Models
Stock Number: DML 5014
Scale: 1/72
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This model kit requires assembly. Cement, paint and other construction materials not included unless specifically stated in the description.

Several proposals were submitted to a few jet fighter project commissioned by RLM in late 1944. Messerschmitt A.G. proposed their P1101 originally designed as an experimental aircraft of sweep-back 1M, concept. The P1101 was planned to be powered by a powerful Heinkel Hirth HeSo11 jet engine of 1,380kg thrust and armed with MK108 30mm cannons. Although the development order was granted to the rival Fock-Wulf Ta 183, the P1101 prototype was built to test the variable sweep-back wing which enabled three different angles to be preset on the ground.

The prototype was powered by a Junkers Jumo 004B engine instead of the delayed HeS011. This aircraft, nearly completed, was captured by the US Army in a factory unknown to the Allies when the war was ending. The P1101 prototype, carried back to U.S.A., was later completed as the Bell X-5, the world's first aircraft having in flight variable sweep-back wings. The P1101, as well as the rival Ta 183, had a great influence on the development of jet aircraft in the world after the war In the Korean War, the first air combat by the jet fighters was seen between the Soviet MiG 15, descendent of the Ta 183, and the American F-86, descendent of the P1101.

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