Monday, 29 July 2013

Me 262 Schwalbe

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.

In 2011 (could be earlier) trumpeter released two versions of the Me 262, the A1a (fighter) and A2a (bomber) version in 1/144 scale. Two nice bonuses are included, the first is a Sd.Kfz.9 'kettengrad' to tow the aircraft around the airfield and the second is an option between an open and closed nose cone, truly unique in this scale! I bought both kits and made the A2a version immediately.

The aircraft is made out of 21 parts, the kettengrad from two and four parts made up the bombs and missile array. The parts fit quite well and the whole kit seems to be engineered to fit without glue. This makes that you have to press certain parts together with quite some force. The aircraft is also tail heavy so a counterweight has to be installed, unfortunately there is no place for this. The cockpit is made out of one part and looks very good. I added two thin strips of metal sheet as seatbelt. Two marking options are provided on a color sheet.

I think this is a very good and modern model of a Me 262. The inclusion of a Kettengrad, two types of bombs and a color printed painting scheme make this truly a 'luxury' edition of this kit. Highly recommended.

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