1/48 Tamiya Me-262 (S) early production version ”Red 3”

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  • Louis Gardner said 7 months ago:

    Sometimes you run across a picture of something that just screams out to be built……………an early pre production Me-262…………….nose down Red 3 (or VI + AH ). The (S) variant was built just before they started manufacturing the -1a variant. I believe that ten machines were produced before production went to the regular “Swallow”.

    It’s all in a single color, which is RLM 76, a color scheme that I have never seen built before. I will have to scrounge up the radio call sign letters ( VI + AH ) from the decal dungeon.
    Here’s the kit I will be starting with:

    and the kit decals which has all of the needed stencils.

    The early “S” version of the 262 had a small clear light at the base of the rudder……………. It just so happens that Tamiya have incorporated this feature in the kit that I am using for this build.

    I know there are a few small changes that I will have to modify on the Tamiya kit, (but I’m hoping that there will not be too many………).

    There are several photos of this plane listed in these two books shown below, that I will be using as a reference material.

    There is a lot of good info in these two books as well: I hope I have the bases covered

    I have several other builds going on right now….. This one is going to be filler material while I wait for paints / glues to dry…………………
    As usual, comments are encouraged. Thanks

  • Jeff Bailey said 7 months ago:

    Louis, having now seen the finished product, I have to say again: Great work!


  • Jeff Bailey said 7 months ago:

    Sorry – I just realized that the one you posted is an older, completed build, not this one.

    Will you be doing a “Nose Down” diorama like the photos? It’d be interesting, fer sure!

  • Louis Gardner said 7 months ago:

    No problem buddy……………….

    I plan on building this one as it could have looked just prior to the landing incident……………

    Please stay tuned !!!! I hope to get some work done this weekend.

  • Mark Rezac said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    I look forward to see your work on this prototype swallow. Tried to post on your hellcat thread but it didn’t work.

  • Louis Gardner said 2 months ago:

    Thanks Mark.

    Hopefully soon I will get back to work again on this project. I have a few more kits in progress right now for several Group Builds.

    I’ll contact Martin to see if he can help with this posting problem. I noticed this same thing has occurred on your Mustang building log too.

    Martin and his crew are very good at keeping the website up and running. They should have things taken care of soon.

  • Lee Fogel said 2 months ago:

    I’ve long thought about replicating this bird myself. Great subject matter!

  • Louis Gardner said 2 months ago:

    Thanks guys !!!

    Like you Lee, I have been wanting to build this plane in these markings every since I saw the photos the first time………… It’s something you just don’t see everyday. I say go for it. Build one up ……………….. This will be my first Tamiya 262. I have read lots of good things about it.

    As soon as I clear the Hellcats from the work bench, and a few more for the Kasserine Pass GB, this bad boy will be full speed ahead………………. It shouldn’t be much longer as the ones I mentioned are nearly completed.

    Please stay tuned for updates…………………..

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