Very little substantial documentation exists on the FW-Ta 283, and modern-day speculation of its purpose and design originates from a single pen and ink drawing. The Ta 283 was conceived by the brilliant German Focke-Wulf aeronautical engineers, Hans Multhopp, the same man who developed the state-of-the-art Ta 183, and Kurt Tank, designer of the highly successful FW 190 fighter aircraft. In desperate need of an answer to the relentless Allied bombing of German cities during 1945, the Ta 283 was to be a fighter-interceptor aircraft used to meet these attackers head-on. The twin Pabst ramjets, positioned on the tips of the sharply swept tail-planes to avoid any disturbance of the airflow, would have allowed for a top speed of nearly 700 mph; however, because ramjets do not engage until an operating speed of roughly 150 mph, the Ta 283 was also to include a single Walter HWK bi-fuel rocket engine buried in the fuselage for take-off. The noticeably pointed nose and 45-degree swept wings made it particularly aerodynamic, and the cockpit was set back on the fuselage, offering a better radial view for the pilot. Armament was to be two 30mm MK 108 cannons. The wheeled tricycle undercarriage legs would also have been very short, promoting a particularly low-profile for the aircraft when at rest.
Part of the acclaimed Luft-X line of experimental German aircraft, this 1/30 scale resin model features a see-through canopy, a well-appointed cockpit, realistic dual turbofan engines, authentic markings, and a display stand. Measures approximately 6½" long with a 4¼" wingspan.