Heinkel He 280 in 1/48
This is my Eduard 1/48 He 280 prototype jet fighter.
The Heinkel He 280 was the first aircraft designed solely as a fighter to make a jet powered flight. It also has the dubious distinction of being responsible for the first pilot ejection in history. Although it beat the Me 262 into the air, for reasons best explained by someone like Tom Cleaver, it ultimately lost out to the messerschmitt in the race to become the first jet fighter for the luftwaffe. Development ceased in 1942.
This kit is a reboxing of an earlier Eduard release and lacks the refinement of their newer offerings. It is broken down quite simply and the parts count is low but the fit is challenging.
The cockpit and engine internals went together nicely, only the construction of the ejector seat hinted at problems to come. Once I started to close the fuselage up I knew I was in trouble! It fought me all the way. The fit of the nacelles to the wings was also not good. I ended up having to cut off the rather large locating tabs and attach the nacelles directly to the wing in order to get them pointing in the right direction. I also neglected to test fit the sliding part of the canopy, as a result I had to thin out the bottom edges after I had painted it. Even after thinning the fit is so tight that I didn't bother with glue. Adding to the fit headache was the petite panel lines. It didn't take much sanding to completely obliterate them. This is my first attempt at rescribing and it shows. I painted the model gunze RLM 02.
This kit turned out to be a step above my novice skill level but I think it looks ok, as long as you don't get too close! I reckon I'll go back to the shake n bakes until I get my chops down.
Apologies for the quality of the photos. I really need a better set up than a phone and a desk lamp!
Thanks for checking it out.