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  1. The Me-262 is, hand’s down, my all-time favorite aircraft. I really love them! In fact, when the “Stormbird Project” was building its replicas, I got in touch with them about volunteering. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Me_262_Project Unfortunately, the commute from central Texas to Seattle, Washington killed the deal. I built this Monogram Me-262 somewhere between 1992 and ’96 I’d guess. I really should’ve kept better build records back then. I knew very little about weathering and wear, and looking back now, my models from that era look more toy-like I guess. Because of that, I had never taken the Me-262 out for a proper photo session. So, a couple years ago, I decided to take her out to the airport, along with a Monogram F-15 in Israeli livery that had never been photographed either. Both the Me-262 and the F-15 photographed well out there, surprisingly. Nothing like a good background of hangars and skies to bring out their best I guess. This aircraft belonged to 2./KG (j)54, based at Giebelstadt in March of 1945. The paint is Model Master and Humbrol enamels, sprayed through my Paasche Model H. The red paint was from an ancient little tin that I bought when an old hardware store in Cameron was closing it's doors. Amazingly, the paint was still viable and worked great through the AB. I did make some belts and buckles for the pit as well. So, here’s a look at this old warbird. It’s best to go ahead and lower your expectations jes’ a lil’ bit before diving in though. Thanks for your interest and support!
  2. Kovozávody Prostějov is to release in 2016 1/72nd Messerschmitt Me-262a/b Schwalbe & Avia S-92/C-92 kits. Source: http://www.kovozavody.cz/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/AVIZOKP-EN-0116.pdf V.P.
  3. 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!
  4. 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)!
  5. Hey everyone im looking for detailed photos of Me-262a1a cockpits. I have instrument panel photo’s but cant find a photo of the armor plate and seatbelts.
  6. Airfix have just released their 1/72 Messerschmitt Me262A-1A Schwalbe and Boeing Fortress MK.III kits featuring brand new moulding! Available in-store now and at the RAF Scampton Airshow this weekend!
  7. Messerschmitt Me-262-A2a/U2 1:48 Hobbyboss History The history of the Me-262 is pretty well known, but in the short career of the aircraft there must have been more designs and prototypes than almost any other aircraft. In this latest release in their series of Me-262 variants, the Me-22-A2a/U2, only two prototypes were actually produced before the end of the war. The Model Hobbyboss have now released no less than ten different variants of the Me-262, with yet more to come. They have certainly earned a reputation of being reasonable on the pocket, fairly easy to build, pretty accurate and with so much choice, the modeller can build either their favourite variant, or an extensive collection. This kit is of a bomber version, with a wooden and perspex nose, housing a prone bombardier. The top opening box has a nice portrayal of the second prototype in flight, being chased by a Mustang, presumably on its defection flight. Inside there are six sprues of grey styrene, three of clear a metal part for the nose wheel bay/bombardiers station and a well filled decal sheet. As we have come to expect from Hobbyboss, the parts are well moulded, with no sign of flash or other imperfections and only a few moulding pips. Construction begins with the cockpit tub, which takes the form of two halves of a tube that are split horizontally to allow better access to add the details of the instrument panels, rudder pedals two seats and the instrument panels in, before the top is added to form the sidewalls, with a long slot in the top for the cockpit sills. The end bulkheads hold the cockpit in the correct place within the fuselage, and additional parts are added under the cockpit tub to begin forming the main landing gear bay. The nose gear bay has its walls formed from the white metal part, to which the various parts of the bomb aimers office are attached, including the two piece bomb sight, a cushion and the curved section of the nose bay roof. The metal part is a little more roughly cast than one would perhaps like, with detail lacking in the bay roof. The rear bulkhead is then attached and the assembly is fitted in place in the fuselage, followed by the fitting of the nose wheel with its single long gear leg and captive forward door fitting into a slot in the roof of the bay. A choice of wheel types with either fine tread or coarse radial tread, in case your chosen airframe was fitted with one or other, but check your references. The cockpit and nose bay are fitted within the fuselage halves, and a radio bulkhead is added behind the cockpit, along with various other detail parts, that you're probably wondering what their purpose is. There's a little radio hatch in the starboard side of the fuselage that will enable the parts to be seen within. With all of these parts glued in place and painted (if you're leaving the door open), the fuselage can be closed up, and you can begin construction of the engines. These are rather simple but effective, consisting of two halves of the cowlings with ribbing detail inside, split vertically. The ribs will never be seen, sadly, as the nacelle is capped off at the ends with a two part intake with short trunk and separate engine face, and at the rear an exhaust trunk/bullet and exhaust cowling. The profile and thickness of these parts are well done, having a much better shape than the old Dragon kits, which were too blunt and thick, especially at the intake lip. The closed up fuselage is still open at the front by this point, and the canopy for this area is a separate part, allowing the part to be posed open, should the modeller require it, followed by the clear nose cone. The rear decking behind the cockpit is attached, along with the brace and fixed section of the canopy, followed by the windscreen and optionally posed mid section. The main spar and central bulkhead between the main gear bays is fitted to the single piece lower wing section, followed by the fitting of the two upper panels. The wing is then cemented into place with the fuselage and fitted with the pitot probe on the port wing. If you are going to model the aircraft that defected to the Americans near the end of the war, then you will need to add the two long probes to the nose, one on each side. These were probably fitted to detect any yaw during bombing runs. Part D9 is the extended fairing under the nose, used with the Lofte 7H “Kansell II” bombsight, and, as such, should only be fitted to the second prototype, V555. The first prototype, V484 used the Lofte 7H “Kansell I”. The completed nacelles assemblies should clip right into the wings with little in the way of fettling, but as always, check before applying glue. Once again Hobbyboss haven’t allowed for the passive leading edge slats that are generally dropped as the aircraft slows down, as they are pressure activated. The elevators are single parts that fit into slots in the side of the tail, with their tabs interlinking to improve the strength of the joint and hold them at the correct angle. The elevators themselves are moulded into the fins, but the rudder is a separate part that can be posed deflected at your whim. The main landing gear has only one choice of tyre, which has a diamond tread and a radial pattern on the sidewalls. They are split vertically, so some clean-up would be wise, unless you plan on using some of Eduard's wheels that we reviewed HERE, which although designed for the older Tamiya kits can be made to fit quite easily. The gear legs are sturdy and have separate oleo-scissors, as well as a two-part captive bay cover attached via small lugs and slots on the inner face of the doors. The inner door covers are single parts with moulded-in retraction jacks, while the nose gear bay door has a separate cranked retraction jack that holds the single door open to the correct angle. If you plan on fitting the bombs, you will need to open up the holes before gluing the two pylons in place. Now Hobbyboss have kindly provided the two types of pylons mostly associated with the 262, so once again check your references as to which is the most likely used, as I have yet to see a picture of whether prototype actually carrying any weapons. With the pylons fitted you can attach the two six part bombs. Decals Along with the instrument panels, the decal sheet carries national markings and individual markings for both prototypes. The decals are well printed with minimal carrier film. They are slightly glossy, with good opacity and in register. There is also a full set of stencils included, whilst the swastika has been printed in two halves, to get round the laws in some European countries. Conclusion Whilst this is yet another Me-262, it is different enough to make for an interesting comparison and companion to the standard aircraft. For the money, you do get a great looking model, one that should build up relatively easily and with a rather simple camouflage scheme could well be built in a weekend, or as a mojo booster. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. It's Monograms ancient 1/48 262, still a great kit, and the only one that doesn't require a lot of panel/rivet filling! This is just a quick build, I've added an Ultracast seat, and some scratchbuilt cockpit and wheelwell details and a spare nose wheel. It will be finished as one of Adolf Galland's aircraft from JV44, using the Aeromaster "Galland special" sheet. Hope you like, so far. Colin
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