The concepts behind this single-seat jetfighter were not new when the Horten Brothers proposed this design in 1944.A year earlier, Messerschmitt had proposed a similiar project, the P1092/P20,along with its twin-engine variation. Still, Reimar Horten saw value inpursuing Dr. Wurster's P20 concepts, retaining the flying wing configurationof the then-operational Me163 "Komet," but replacing its volatileand limited-range rocket motor with a more efficient Jumo 004, BMW 003,or He S 011 jet engine. The Horten design also placed the engine loweron the fuselage to facilitate easy maintenance and replacement.
Because of tight deadlines and the dangersinherent in developing a wholly new aircraft, the Hortens used their HoIX research glider as the plane's basic airframe. The plane's fuselagewas to be of the cheap and well-known steel-tube construction popular atthe time covered with a simple plywood covering. A long, clear airductwas chosen, with the plane's nose wheel retracting to the rear. The mainlanding gear retracted to the front, to either side of the engine. Thenose contained enough space for four powerful X Mk 108 cannons, The compartmentbehind the pilot corresponded to the plane's center-of-gravity, and sooffered the possibilty of expanding the aircraft to accommodate a two-mancrew. The extra space could also be used for additional weapons, fuel,and/or other equipement. A large glass-enclosed cockpit provide excellentvisibility, even to the rear.
The true story of the single engine HortenFighter ? This kit comes with two vacu canopys, a visible engine, unbreakablemain landing gear made of strong steel-wire and brass tubes. The frontwheel is of white metal.