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An angry bird - Messerschmitt Me 163B

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By HamzaLippisch   |   
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What would've been an improved version of the Me 163B in Wolfgang Späte Red. Fitted with a canard based on Junkers' experimental works.

This render is featured in the bookazine Luftwaffe: Secret Designs of the Third Reich by Dan Sharp
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Software used : 3ds max & Photoshop
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WewLad11's avatar
Wow your art is fantastic! Would you consider making some bomber what-ifs like the Ta 400, Fw 238, or He 277?
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HamzaLippischHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I've never really made a bomber before (Apart from the Hs 132 and a Stockel bomber proposal), so ye why not ;) 
WewLad11's avatar
Great! I'm looking forward to it! I don't know what resources you have but I have this book in pdf I can send you if you want some inspiration: www.amazon.com/Luftwaffe-Secre…
arenafighter's avatar
Wild & Interesting!
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InkySquiggleHobbyist General Artist
Looks nice, but you completely missed Lippsich's point. He loved simplicity, and clean designs. He would've sooner stuck canrds to the sides of his own head then a sleek, clean, beautiful thing like the tailless Me 163 LOL. I like it anyway :)
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HamzaLippischHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot :)

Just to be clear and as is said on the description it was a Junkers' design to add those canards, not an artistic liberty i took. There are photos of wind tunnel testsing this design. As a matter of fact, there was even wind tunnel testing of a Lippisch P.13a with canards. I did a render for that one as well : Lippisch P13a

I can think of, at least, one example of a Lippisch design with canards. One that isn't much known, a supersonic drone he designed when he was at Collins Radio. 
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InkySquiggleHobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it would've been more in Dr. Junkers' character to shove canards on a 163, except that by the time the 163 came around, he had died in exile.I know Lippsich did canards, his Delta 4 is one of the first "modern" canard craft.
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Emerald-Wolf13Student General Artist
You know, I bet that was one wild ride until it blew up.....My understanding was they didn't have landing gear and frequently blew up during their "designed" belly landing.
perttime's avatar
The chemicals they used for fuel were pretty nasty even separately. If you got a leak, things would go downhill in a hurry.
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HamzaLippischHobbyist Digital Artist
Consider the internal layout as well with a fuel tank too close to the pilot...Many were killed even during tests and training, still a beautiful plane tho. 
LucieBel's avatar
Methinks that given some time, those problems would have been solved. Nearly all of the German flight designs that were discovered post-WWII were experimental aircraft not ready for regular use. Think about it, it took the US a couple decades to create a useable 'flying wing' craft, yet the Germans were well on their way with this in 1943, or earlier. It's actually quite telling that even after the discovery of these machines, designers still can't wrap their heads around the most basic wonders that these NS German engineers began to develop. I, personally, think it has to do with the fact that the Germans were working with a different scientific perspective which is mocked to this day - yet is vindicated more and more in any number of scientific researches.
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Super...! Fav fella (Badge) 
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HamzaLippischHobbyist Digital Artist
thx!
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rOEN911Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice 
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HamzaLippischHobbyist Digital Artist
Always great to hear from you rOEN ;) thanks
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