Monday, 29 July 2013
The Me 262 'Schwalbe' or Swallow is the first ever operational jet fighter developed by Messerschmitt for the Luftwaffe in 1941 to 1944. About 1450 where build in a few different versions (two seater, night fighter, light bomber etc.) Needless to say both allied and sovjet forces took great interest in captured examples. A myriad of information can be found at the Wikipedia page about the Me 262.
Sunday, 7 July 2013
Not surprisingly war war II led to an arms race between allied and axis forces. For armoured vehicles such as tanks this meant thicker armor and heavier guns. One of the products of this arms race was the 'M36 90 mm Gun Motor Carriage'. This was essentially the same vehicle as the M10 tank destroyer but mounted with a 90mm gun able to engage german heavy tanks from distances larger then 500m. The gun was not as good as the British 17-pdr mounted in the Achilles and Sherman Firefly but it was in high demand by the allied troops. The M36 has quite an interesting and long operational history (more can be read at the Wikipedia page). Armourfast (fastbuild kit). I made the Armourfast model and used parts from Fujimi's kit to add missing details such as headlights, lifting hooks and the turrets interior.