Horten Ho 229 cockpit mockup

A project to build a model of the Horten Ho 229 V3 cockpit in 1:1 scale. The purpose is to serve as a prop for an upcoming National Geographic documentary on the Ho 229.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The location of the Model

The full size model of the Ho 229 built for "Hitler's Stealth Fighter" is now on display at the San Diego Aerospace Museum in Balboa Park.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Postscript & pictures from the completed project

I recently realized that people are still finding and reading this blog, and that there are no pictures of the finished product! Here are some pictures, along with some production stills from "Hitler's Stealth Fighter", which still airs occasionally on the NatGeo Channel. It was truly an unforgettable experience.

I have a page describing all of my contributions to the film on my website.

Gary Hethcoat
Wings on the Web

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Instrument panel, throttle quadrant & breaker box FINISHED!

The pictures speak for themselves. There is much more detail that could be done, but I'm running out of time!

It's been a great experience making these components and thinking about the guys that made the originals and what that must have been like. Amazing that for such an advanced aircraft, how crude some of the work was. Hard not to see it through 21st century eyes I suppose.


Sunday, November 30, 2008

Almost done!

The instrument panel and throttle quadrant are nearly done. I'm also casting the stick handle. I made a mold from Silicone RTV. I'll post some pictures when it's cured.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Throttle quadrant

Worked on the throttle/fuel cock controls this weekend.

The geometry and movement are per the original, straight off the production drawings. They're not connected to anything though :-)

The forward handles are the throttles. The rear two are the "Brandhahn" (fuel cock) controls which control the flow of fuel to the turbojets. The rear position was "Zu" (off), and the two stepped positions (mid, forward) fed fuel from the two different fuel tanks.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Cockpit framework, seat and stick are done

I shipped this off via UPS this morning.

Couldn't resist trying it on for size. This was *not* a spacious cockpit!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Seat nearly done!

The seat is done except for the headrest. The real seat had sheet metal lining the sides also, but I'm going to forgo that to speed things up.