1/48 Monogram Messerschmitt Me-262 A1a, flown by 1. KG 51, WNr. 111625, “9K + FH”
This is a golden oldie that I built shortly after my return to the hobby back in the mid to later 1990's.
Back then I didn't have access to the internet, and I mainly relied on books that I had gathered. I frequently followed the build and marking instructions that were provided with the kits, (and aftermarket decals when I decided to use them...).
Recently I was doing some research for one of my upcoming builds, (which happens to be a Tamiya Me-262),
so I thought I would dig this one out of the display case and share it with you.
As luck would have it, I found a few pictures of the real "9K + FH", and they were in color too !
There seems to be several photos floating around of this plane as it was found by the US Army in Saaz, Germany, (now called Zatec in the Czech Republic) on May 1st, 1945.
Messerschmitt had a production facility here... it was part of the "annexed" Sudetenland.
These different photos seem to have a color shift so even though they are of the same plane, the colors look entirely different. I would guess that the actual colors fell somewhere in between the two pictures...
In the original photo I didn't notice the KG 51 emblem on the side of the fuselage as it's depicted on my build. Here's a prime example of instructions not getting it right.
But please keep in mind that back then the persons who researched the decals for our models faced the same problems that we did as builders. The information just wasn't as easily available to them as it is to all of us today. We truly live in the Golden Age of model building.
This kit will have several faults with the building, which were probably my own fault...but this one has survived rather well over the years. The decals have started to yellow a bit, due to their age.
This one was finished using Model Master enamels, and sprayed using a Testor's "Aztek" air brush.
I really like these older Monogram kits...
As usual, comments are encouraged.
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