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The First Photo Jet

November 28, 2012 in Aviation

This is the Dragon Messerschmitt Me262 Recon variant, built OOB and painted with Modelmaster and Xtracolor enamels. The decals are from another Ventura sheet, with both ME262’s recon & captured options. This machine served in Northern Italy in 1945
The kit was a bit of a struggle, but this was before Tamiya released their own kit. I found that if you take your time and reinforce the wing to fuselage join at the rear fuselage, it does actually build up OK. The trick is to double check and reinforce any discrepancy.
And LOTS of filler….

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6 responses to The First Photo Jet

  1. Brett, always good to see a nicely built and painted Me 262 🙂 Interesting pattern on the fuselage and engines by the way.
    Sad to hear about the amount of filler needed. I have a nice stash of Trimaster/Dragon Me 262 but I have only built the Tamiya model so far.


  2. That’s a nice looking Me 262.

  3. Thanks for the comments. I know a LOT of the kits for the recon variant show the uppers & sides all in wave mirror style, but the ONLY photo I found of a recon variant clearly showed the standard splinter (82/83) on the upper wings with the wave mirror pattern on the fuselage, so that’s how i did mine.
    I think it looks better, too.

  4. Hi Brett. Good looking 262. I have the U3 version but have not built it yet due to the negative comments I have heard about the kit. What were the main bones of contention for you?

  5. Excellent work on a kit I know personally is “a bit less.”

  6. Bones….
    The Fit of the lower wing to fuselage (both ends, but the rear underside was worst.
    The fit of the engine nacelles to wings. Other than that it went together pretty well…at least as well as vintage Dragon ever did -(think their Fw190’s)
    But the recent Dragon/CyberHobby? (eg; their Bf110’s in 1/32 and 1/48) They are a DREAM to build. – I Think Tamiya will be in for a shock soon.
    Their 1/32 109E is great, but the PE is REALLY, really fiddly.
    HTH Brett

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