Speed build: the Airfix Me-262 in 48hrs
This is my “48hrs Me-262” from the new tool Airfix Me-262 1:72 kit. We – some modeling friends and enthusiasts – just held a friendly speed building competition this weekend. As far as I know this was the first such event in Hungary (there was an online event earlier but this was a real meeting) and I think there will be more to come soon – as it was a real fun to everyone. We started with the very same kits at twelve on Friday and we had to stood up from the tables at twelve on Sunday.
The rules are simple: everybody make the same kind of kit; you had to bring and use your own favourite tools, paints, glues, compressor, airbrush, etc… – you can imagine the size of my pack (with a decent amount of Krusovice – one of my favourite beer – hey, there was hot on this weekend). You have precisely 48 hours and you can use your time as you want – modeling, chilling, sleepind, chat with other modelers – who cares – but after the 48 hours passes, you have to finish the work and hand the kit over to the jury.
At the end a qualified jury (consist of the organizers, our host and her wife (the latters are not modelers so they had the needed fresh eyes :D) decided about the end result – as You can see I was lucky. I didn’t think that a kit (and this one is not so good either) can be finished within such a short time with painting and all the tiny bits we know well – I slept, went to eat, we had a pool so we chilled in there as the outdoor temperature rised etc. – so in reality I calculated that I was able to work 24 hours in total on the kit. The model is pretty much OOB (the rules allow you to use aftermarket parts but the time limited – the AMS guys armed with a bunch of Eduard etches needed much more time and struggled a lot with them). I made seatbelts from thin foil and thin brass wire and a new pitot tube from hypodermic needles – because the latter is weak and prone to break off. Surprisingly I finished the model in time – it had some (OK, lots of) faults but hey, it is finished and finished within 48hrs. Wow! It was a really great modeling weekend with really great modelers so I hope we will make such meetings in the future. My fastest build ever – as they say “the distance is suits her” but I hope You like it.
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