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"Rocket science" - Fly's Bachem Ba-349 Natter


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Time for me to come into the track for this group build, gentlemen.

 

So here are the tracks:

 

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Wrong company, wrong scale, wrong topic? :ninja:

 

Err...  No :lol:

 

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Looks, it's a Natter! Some styrene, some resin, some PE, some paper with instructions. Not to forget that very small sheet of paper at the upper wall of the box: This is the very important parts list for the different versions of this aircraft. Easy to miss! Beware!

 

Well, I've shocked my wife when she asked what I am looking for in the cellar. My short answer was: I am looking for an adder somewhere in the storage :oops: :whistle:

I've showed here the real thing when I found the box... She is still loving me :lol:

 

 

OK, what do we still need?

An undercarriage that the Germans forgot during construction. Some rocket scientists. Of course. And a haystack? Maybe. Ordered some stuff from my favorite vendor :wicked:

 

Regards

- dutik

 

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The postman was here. Now we have an undercarriage for the Natter :thumbsup: Or is it a lauch trolley? :hmmm: Who knows... :lol:

 

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Nice resin kit. OOP now, AFAIK. Parts count:

 

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And now, ladies and gentleman, welcome our rocket scientists!

 

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All you need is a proficient team of scientists. Right? Right! :punk:

 

The only disappointment was the woodgrain stencil by RT-Diorama:

 

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They call the stencil 1/35 scale, but it looks like made for 1/24 or larger models. This is a 1/35 scale figure for size comparision. Disappointing.

 

 

OK, now we have everything for a nice little Natter diorama, indeed. This will be fun. And funny. Hope so :piliot:

 

Regards

- dutik

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Never seen a Natter built.  I'm keen. 

 

I know a lot of guys try for hard woodgrain details.  But I just don't believe in them.  Especially in unstained pine.  I've seen a little footage on the Natter under construction, and the woodgrain just doesn't jump out at you.  Hopefully you'll find some use for your stencil, or be able to return it.

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On 2/14/2021 at 5:42 AM, Gazzas said:

Never seen a Natter built.  I'm keen. 

 

I know a lot of guys try for hard woodgrain details.  But I just don't believe in them.  Especially in unstained pine.  I've seen a little footage on the Natter under construction, and the woodgrain just doesn't jump out at you.  Hopefully you'll find some use for your stencil, or be able to return it.

We have some nice Natter builds here. Mostly natural plywood finish. I don't dare to compete with these builds :bow: I'll use the template only for the cockpit interior. Should be good enough for the task.

 

OK. Lets cut some styrene. Err - resin ;)

 

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The hay wagon in the making. Nice little kit, indeed. Good fit and low parts count. Not much to clean up. Even the front carriage will be movable if you take some care with the glue. Only problem were some wafer thin areas of the truckbed. Added some styrene from below. Nothing to write home about :lol:

 

Finally the Natter got some legs:

 

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Much better than only 2-4 minutes of original engine burn time. These legs will move our Natter far, far away. Right into Austria. Word! :punk:

 

Regards

- dutik

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Launch towers are available only in quarter scale (Dragon) and below. The Natter was revolutionary at its time with many problems to be solved. Even much more conventional aircraft prototypes had their share of killed pilots, not counting flight accidents of serial production aircrafts. So yes, it was dangerous, but problems could have been overcome. Remember - this was the first manned vertical rocket launch in the world, years before space programms in US and USSR came into life.

 

It is a tiny model. Palm size. Same length as a Me-163, but only 1/3rd of the wingspan.

 

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- dutik

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More important stuff for rocket research:

 

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We are into the milk cans. Dunno what for these are important: Do the rocket scientists need milk? Nutrition for the Natter pilots? As containers for lubricants or rocket fuel? Who knows...? We shall see. At least that nice milk cans made by Miniart (and me ;) )

 

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Also accquired some important headgear:

 

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Rocket scientists are stylish people. It has to be Italian couture head gear! Nothing less! How dare you! :wicked:

 

Enjoy!

- dutik

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