Heinkel he 280

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    Does anyone have any links or information sources for the heinkel he 280. I'm currently scratch building one from EPP foam, as an electric R/C model, and it would be great to have a bit more reference info on them. I bought a book from amazon last year, which has some good B&W photo's and drawings, as well as relevant data, but there does not seem to be much else out there. With all the "first's" that this plane scores, you would think there would be more on it. I also bought a 1/72 scale model from Puma in Germany, which really helps with the 3D perspective, so I probably could get by just with that. Any information or ideas appreciated
     
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    For A good overview and images, try Wiki:
    Heinkel He 280

    For more indepth info and photos, try:
    luftarchiv (you'll see an "English" button, top right on the homepage)
     
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    Thanks for the links GrauGeist; There seems to be precious little about his plane, and even less about the He 178. I plan to build the latter next year, but out of balsa and silk for the maximum in lightness. I'll keep searching for books and assorted info regardless...cheers.
     
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    Wish I could be of more help, but the fact that Heinkel's master archives at Rostock were destroyed by Allied bombing has eliminated precious data blue-prints about the He280, the He178 and of course, the He100.

    If it'll be of any help, I'll post data on all the He280 airframes that might help you in your search:

    V1 DL+AS (WkNmr 280-00 0001) powered by As014 - first flew 22 Sep 40, crashed 13 Jan 43
    V2 GJ+CA (WkNmr 280-00 0002) powered by HeS8A - first flew 30 Mar 41, crashed 26 Jun 43
    V3 GJ+CB (WkNmr 280-00 0003) powered by HeS8A - first flew 5 Jul 42, captured April 45
    V4 -none- (WkNmrs 280-00 0004) used for spare parts due to lack of engines - on records until end of 44
    V5 -none- (WkNmr 280-00 0005) intended prototype - never completed
    V6 -none- (WkNmr 280-00 0006) used for experimental - never completed
    V7 NU+EB (WkNmr 280-00 0007) "V-tail" version (no mention of engine type) - first flew 19 Apr 43, records end April 45
    V8 NU+EC (WkNmr 280-00 0008) powered by Jumo004 - first flew 19 Jul 43, records end April 45
    V9 - partially built, no records
    V10 through V12 - intended He280B version, planned but never built

    I have read that one of the He280 airframes were tested with the Argus pulsejet, but I have never seen any test data regarding that.
     
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