Kurt Tank's Hochleistungsjäger: The Focke-Wulf Ta 153

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Kurt Tank's Hochleistungsjäger: The Focke-Wulf Ta 153

  • The Fw 190 Ra-4D proposal was submitted to meet the requirements of the second phase of the 1942 Hochleistungsjäger (High-Performance Fighter) programme, and was envisioned to have both long- and short-span versions, similar to the later Ta 152 series. The Fw 190 V32 (a Fw 190C-series prototype) was reconstructed as a test-bed for certain Ta 153 features, retaining the DB 603G engine with oil cooler bath. Other DB 603 deriatives (DB 622, DB 623, DB 627) with superchargers or turbo-superchargers were considered as possible powerplants. The development of the Ta 153 was eventually abandoned due to the refusal of the General-Luftzeugmeister Amt to allow disruption of existing production lines, and the wing was applied to the Ta 152C-series. Contrary to widespread belief, the long-span wing was never mounted on the Ta 153; its success on the Ta 152H-series, however, coupled with the more powerful Daimler-Benz engines and proposed heavy armament could possibly have made the Ta 153 a far more potent dogfighter than even the Ta 152C-series.

    For the upcoming CapCon IPMS Ottawa will be hosting in September, I will be submitting a hybrid Fw 190D-9/Ta 152 as my "in-service" Ta 153A-series contribution to the "What-If" category. As the work gets underway, I will be posting photos in this thread. One thing remains uncertain at the moment: should I use the short-span or long-span wing, or built both versions?

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  • A much better image of the Ta 153 (Fw 190V-32/U1) prototype. Since the forward fuselage is similar to the Fw 190V-13 through V-18 and V-30 prototypes, I will be using my MPM kit of the Fw 190V-18 to make a master mould. (I was tempted to use the kit itself for the build, but decided to keep the kit as is.) The extended tail, short-span wings and blown hood will be donated from a Ta 152C-0.

    For the "what-if" Ta 153A production models, I will be "borrowing" the flat gun cowlings from the Ta 152 and adding the required troughs.

  • This looks like it will be a very cool project.  I'm looking forward to seeing it develop.

    Justen

    "The distance between genius and insanity is measured only by success."

    Member IPMS Niagara Frontier. "The BuffCon Boys."

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  • Yeah, very interesting project indeed. Keep us posted on your progress

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  • The three kits to be used in this build:

    For the "what-if" Ta153A-series production model, a suggestion was given concerning the potential use of the Ta152C-0 kit. When Tank did his preliminary work for the Ta152 series, one prototype, the Fw190V-20, basically took a Fw190D fuselage and grafted the future Ta152 nose to it. The first true Ta152 prototypes introduced the lengthened fuselage with the wings mounted further forward of the cockpit, and the same might well have applied to the Ta153 had it been further developed. In this case, the modified Ta152C kit would feature the Ta152H's wings (albeit clipped), additional outboard cannons, and the Fw190V-18's oil cooler bath, amongst other changes.

    One proposed Ta153 option was the ventral turbo-supercharger as seen on the Fw190V-18, complete with the attendant exhaust pipes. Some referred to the Fw190V-18 as the "Wulfstang" because of its appearance. Had the installation been successfully cured of its bugs, the nickname might have applied far more appropriately to the Ta153. Then again, who's to say I won't introduce a "what-if" Ta252 with this installation in the future? Smile,Wink, & Grin [swg]