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  1. Wow this build have been a long time in the making, my original plan was for a 1/32nd or even bigger scale model of the 262, But they were a bit too expensive. Next it was to be something really unusual, then a fighter ace’s aircraft or Galland’s JV-44 aircraft, or…. I just couldn’t make up my mind! In the end I decided to build an Me-262 without jet engines! She is the first, the granddaddy/grandmother of them all and a fair bit of aviation history as well, aircraft V1 before she had her jets fitted. The model is by Antares and covers the Stage I & II variations of the aircraft, stage II being with her fitted with the BMW P.3302 engines. She’s a multimedia model mostly made up of resin (yes my 4thone in a row!). One-piece wings and solid cast fuselage. The rest of the bits are quite nicely cast though the resin is very hard and brittle as I unfortunately found out as I was looking at the fuselage/wing join……..as can be seen above with the plastic strip holding it all together!! These bits are used if you build the Stage II version. The U/C is white metal, which it needs, same with the prop and other small bit. No PE with this one. Decals are nice and simple and you get a spare canopy, always a lifesaver! Right there is one big issues with the model as can be seen below. There’s a bad-casting mismatch between the top and bottom bits of the fuselage. I had a talk to Marcelo from Antares about this, and unfortunately it was just the way it ended up being cast, the few remaining ones he had left were similar (it was an early casting by him and is long since out of production). I’ve done some checking and it’s very close in dimensions, I may just get away with re-filling and profiling, though if it bugs me I’ll just re-skin the bottom…and if it really bugs me I’ll cut the tail off and fit a Tamiya one! I was hoping it would be a fairly simple straight forward build…..guess I’ll have to wait for the next GB!
  2. Model: Antares 1/48thMesserschmitt Me-262 V1 Paint: Model Master Metalizer Lacquer (Aluminium Buffing), Mr Hobby and Tamiya Acrylics, Rub’nBuff Silver Leaf Extras: Custom cast rear fuselage, CMK PE Instrument panel I built this as part of the Me-262 STGB using Antares 1/48thresin model. It should have been an OOB build and a simple straightforward build. Unfortunately there were issues with either the original casting or re-casting of the model that lead to issues with the main fuselage. This model is long out of production and after talking to the owner, it turns out the few remaining models have the same problem. Sorry these are not the best photos but basically the issue is where the two fuselage moulds meet, the top half has opened up and allowed the lower section to drop into it slightly during the re-casting process. Not a simple fix. I was left with either abandoning the project, try and reshape the affected sections (I did this with the front section, it wasn’t as bad as the rear), or remove the rear section and re-cast it. I did the latter. In the end it came out quite ok. Natural Metal Finishes (NMF) scare the out of me!!! This is the first one I’ve ever really attempted. I used just one paint for this, Model Master Metalizer Lacquer (Aluminium Buffing)and and played around with the effects you can achieve with it. I could find any real information on the actual finish of this aircraft so tried to go with a worked metal unfinished finish…if that makes sense. I just so loved the look of her without the jet pods, such a clean look, as someone mentioned she look just like a Swallow….or a Shark Swallow! Anyway do enjoy and thanks for looking. ….and finally “Alpha to Omega” (well not quite), it’s hard to believe there’s only 33 years difference between first flights of both of these aircraft (1941 and 1974)!
  3. Ok I’m the first to admit I am totally mad and this build will prove it! My work pattern has changed so I will have more time for models!!! So rather than signing up for more GB’s…or actually completing the ones I’ve signed up for on time I decided I needed a new long-term project. The Heinkel He-177Z was a long term project which I loved so instead of building the bigger one I have gone for this project which I had mentioned a few times. I love the look and it’s super cool, plus a nightfighter as well! I had received all the bits sometime ago but after a quick look at them I got very scared!! The reason for this is the add on bits from Unicraft!!! The parts may be a little bit basic which is to say they are basically lumps of resin and not much else! So the basis for the build will be Hasegawa’s 1/48th Arado Ar-234C-3 which will provide the body, interior and undercarriage, though it will probably end up providing a of other bits as well! The wings from Antares are nice and need little work to fit my build. The engines or turbo-props are barely recognisable as engine parts and as can be seen I have had to add sheet plastic to help build them up so they at least may be round in shape! They even come with an internal engine sections if I wanted to leave the engine covers open…or should I say a blob to match the rest of the engine blob! The new nose is….well more or less useless, as can be seen from the photo is much smaller than the canopy section. The mod kit is for the Hobby Craft Arado Ar-234 which is completely the wrong in the nose section compared to the Hasegawa model, it’s way too narrow! So I can either modify the clear section which is pretty well impossible or completely build a new nose section! Plus all the other bits in this mod kit are pretty well useless as well, I will have to use most of the kit parts for this build! I will either have to modify the resin bits I have or make a completely nose section, which at the moment looks to be the easiest path! So I have pretty well given myself a not so easy task for this build. Whether I complete this build or if it is destine for the box of doom is something to be decided as the build progresses. For a start I need to get these engines at least round in profile, hence the addition of card to the engine bodies and spinners. If I can get these sorted there may be a possibility this project will get going. Once the main bodies are round in profile I can work on the nose cones and props. Once these are done I can then start to work on how they will mount to the swept back wings, custom mounts will be needed for this. So this is going to be a crazily big project, nothing that will be completed in a couple of months for sure! Again I must be completely crazy to attempt this build, I had planned it for the WhatIf III GB, but given the work required it’s not possible in the time given. So this Christmas or next I’m not sure when it will be finished so welcome aboard on this crazy adventure. So welcome along for the ride, it will be bumpy and the driver will curse at regular intervals....oh and regular updates are not included!
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