Me 262A-2b 2/Kg51 1/32 Trumpeter
Much has been written about the Me 262, and almost as much has been written about Trumpeter Models! Just about evrything I've read about the Big T's Me 262 have been positive, and after having built this kit I'll add my praise to the chorus.It is likely the best large scale kit they had done up to that point and is well detailed, easy to build and very accurate. I especially like that they got away from some of the gimmicky metal hinges, but they still included the (very nice) rubber tires and excessive detaisl that really can't be seen unless you use the clear engine nacelles and a clear fuse...(oh wait...they did release that one...) I only added a harness and wiring to the Mk108 guns in the nose. I did leave out the extra interior parts in the rear fuse and a few engine parts.
I enjoy the building of kits but also researching color schemes and histories of thses aircraft. This bird was built to represent a turbo from 2/Jg51 Edelweisse at Rheine in late1944. This group, a direct decendent of Komando Schenk, was involved in regular bombing attacks in northern Europe, with noteworthy attacks made on the strategic Nijmegan and Remagen bridges. The high speed and tactics used by the pilots of Kg51 rendered the standing fighter patrols and anti-aircraft defenses ineffective. Ultimately a number of bomber units were converted to the 262, but were mainly used for interception of the Allied bomber streams that were reducing Germany to a pile of rubble.
I have Tamiya's 262A-2b kit in my stash and found the very unusual scheme seen here, basically RLM 81/82/76 with the 81 applies in a loose "Wave-Mirror" scheme. I used Testors MM paints throughout. From my research the torque link on the nose gear was not present on the earlier birds so I cut it off of the metal gear in the kit. I have to say that the inclusion of the metal gear parts is Much appreciated, the kit is much sturdier on the metal gear than in would be on the plastic, and with all the weight I put in the nose and bombs, I don't have to worry about finding this bird sitting on it's belly after it's plastic gear said "No Mas!" Don't ask how I know...Enjoy and I appreciate any comments you might have.