Messerschmitt Me262A-1A Schwalbe 1:72

Messerschmitt Me262A-1A Schwalbe 1:72

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Messerschmitt Me262A-1A Schwalbe 1:72

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$16.99

Item Code: A03088

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Described by famous British test pilot Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown as the most formidable aircraft of WWII, the Messerschmitt Me 262 was a quantum leap in aviation performance terms and stands as one of the most significant aircraft in the history of flight. Had the Luftwaffe been able to deploy large numbers of these impressive fighters, they would have taken a heavy toll of Allied aircraft.

Allied pilots first began reporting the appearance of a strange new aircraft in the skies above Germany during the middle of 1944, much to the consternation of Allied military planners. The aircraft was reported to be capable of tremendous speed, far in excess of even the latest Allied fighters, yet did not appear to have a propeller – as these early contacts ended with the strange aircraft diving away at high speed, missions were launched specifically to investigate these reports, with reconnaissance aircraft searching for unusual activity at Luftwaffe airfields deep into Germany.

They would not have to wait long for confirmation, as the first combat missions of the new Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter were mounted in August 1944 and clearly displayed the technological superiority of this astonishing aircraft. Heavily armed and capable of speeds far in excess of the best Allied fighters, military planners must have been fearful of the devastation these new aircraft could wreak on their bombing offensive and their continued air supremacy. How many of these fighters did the Luftwaffe have and how could they be stopped? Mercilessly hunting the new German jets was now of critical importance to the war effort.

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y Technical Specification & Detail

Scale 1:72
Skill 2
Flying Hours 1
Number of Parts 65
Dimensions (mm) L148 x W174
Age Suitability 8+

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sssss 4

Overall Good Kit, But Could Be Better

The cockpit goes to together nicely, and is well detailed for the scale. I added some seatbelts made from masking tape as that's the only area I can really fault the interior on, not having any. The wing fit however I found to be off, I don't know if this was due to my error or the kit, which also messed up the fit of the engines to the wing.
The landing gear doors (front of the nose gear door, and both of the main gear doors) have quite a tight fit, and may need a small amount of sanding to fit well.
The decals were a little difficult to get on right around the tail, the checker pattern being made of two decals, which I think were labelled with the the wrong number (which was rather confusing). I got them on in the end, with some chipping using some silver paint it looks acceptable now.
I completed the kit in little over a week, a very good speed for me, and it was a fun kit to build. I would consider getting the other variants available to add to my collection.
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EXCELLENT 262

This is an excellent kit with lovely amounts of detail and with a small amount of skill and a little care will make a realistic looking kit. It is the equal if not better than any other 1:72 scale Me.262 currently on the market. I would ignore all the other over critical reviews/comments posted already. Its an inexpensive kit at £13, not 1 at double the price where you could expect more. And I expect other fighter-bomber variants to follow in due course.

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Great new tooling

Bought 2 of these bad boys when they were first released in the Swindon Hornby shop! lovely and crisp tooling which I cannot complain about, great way the parts fit together and they go together very well with that! Multi-part canopy is there but no biggie as it fits brilliantly with some care. Okay, there aren't moving or position-able control surfaces, but for a small 1/72 kit, that's no problem and with the amount of after market extras, if you want some resin control surfaces or nose guns, there will be some out there so I can't complain about that! Two nice decal schemes and a nice sized box of plastic! Decals are of Eduard quality which is un-rivaled. 4/5 i think is a very fair rating :) ... Read more

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Humbrol Enamel paints for the kit's primary decal scheme.

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