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Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1a by Trumpeter in 1/32 scale

October 8, 2013 · in Aviation · · 15 · 7.3K

This model represents the A-1a flown by Major Walter Novotny, based in Achmer, in November 1944.

The kit went together quite easily & some light rubbing down after the application of Tippex in various places minimised the effect of the rivets. There are so many color schemes for this type that deciding which to use was almost the hardest part. In the end I referred to Mushroom Model Magazine Yellow Srs 6105 on the subject & came up with this one.

This kit is a heavy one so I used the beautiful metal undercarriage option for strength. The tyres are rubber as supplied & have proven trouble free. Paints are Gunze, decaks from kit & spares box.

Hope you like it.


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15 responses

  1. very nice...Walter Nowotny

  2. I DO like it Tony...nice work capturing the wicked look of this aviation icon.

  3. I like it, too, Tony, as Jack says, you've certainly captured the character of this aircraft in your model. Not knowing much about rivets, what's with the Tippex, is it because rivets are overscale?

  4. Great build! good paint. I did a double take, your lead pic with the base made me think it was the real thing for a sec.
    Great job!

  5. Nice finish work on the "Swallow" - good-lookin' build, sir.

  6. Excellent ! Looks almost real !

  7. Boy, this model is a long way from the old Lindberg kit I built as a youngster. Beautiful job and at first glance I thought it was the actual plane!

  8. Tony, Very nicely done! Some AC just look deadly and this is one of them. Good thing Uncle Adolf and the Fat man didn't have a clue as to how to employ the 262..."So, Its the fastest AC in the world?...Hmmm, lets make it a fighter bomber". Yeah, that's the ticket.

  9. Very nice Schwalbe!

  10. i always loved those kraut camo paint jobs. did the kit cost over a 100 bucks?

  11. Very nice. There's one thing (not a criticism), those vertical fins and rudders were supplied from the subcontractor with the camouflage likely hand-painted, since it has a very hard edge. About the only way to do it would be to have decals, like Meteor/Cutting Edge did forthe 1/48 kit. You've demonstrated my belief that the Trumpeter Me-262 is likely their best aircraft model, and the best Me-262 in any scale.

    • I was thinking that in 1/32nd scale a way to do this would be to reverse paint the tail markings: first paint the RLM 82 then use blue tac to mask off the camo pattern, then come back and hit it with RLM 76 making sure the air brush spray is at a 90 degree angle to the rudder at all times. This should give a nice hard line..."in theory it should work. I'm going to try this on my 1/48 scale 262...we will see how it works or doesn't work.

  12. Beautiful work! Great camera work!

  13. Tony,
    I like everything about it. Great job on this and I agree, with the fine base you have it on it looks real. Come on, how can you say those Maircraft and Hawk solids were not a vision of detail. Just remember how much fun they were to carve. I have the Xacto scarred fingers to prove it. Remember DynaModels? Those were the cat's meow at the time. Expensive though at $3.95 a kit.

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