Tamiya 1/48 Me-262s
I wasn’t particularly happy with the Tamiya Me-262 kits when they came out 12 years ago. Tamiya managed to drop the slats and drop the flaps on their Bf-109E, but they couldn’t do it on their Me-262? To this day, the Monogram kit is superior despite being designed 35 years earlier. Ohhh, the Tamiya kit has engraved detail and the Monogram kit has raised detail – horrid! News Flash: (from spending 20 years around an original 1:1 Me-262 at Planes of Fame, which will become the only original Me-262 that flies when Paul Allen gets through with it, being the only original Me-262 that didn’t get its main spar cut) – the Me-262 has *lapped* panels, which are best shown on a model with *raised panel lines*. Not to mention the Monogram kit has a better cockpit. But if you can still find all the Cutting Edge parts I used here – the slats and flaps and their inner bits and all, and the cockpit – you can make a 1/48 Me-262 that looks like a real one . the Tamiya kit does have better fit, but that’s all. And it’s still four times as expensive as the Monogram kit.
I did “Walter Nowotny’s Me-262” despite the fact there is no photographic evidence he ever flew an Me-262 in these markings. With Me-262s; I doubt any “ace markings” other than Heinz Bar’s, because the airplanes were so unreliable any ace likely flew “the first one on the line that worked” for any mission.
There is photographic evidence for Bar’s “Red 13” airplane when he commanded Erprobungskommando Bar in spring 1945. He was the first “tripple jet ace” scoriing 16 victories in the Me-262. A record unequalled till the Korean War and unlikely to ever be equalled again.
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