Sneak peek: Hobby Boss 1/48 Me-262A-1a/U3
Thanks to @michaelt for the inspiration with the three Me-262s he’s doing at the WIP group. I didn’t know Hobby Boss made this kit till I saw his. The Me-262A-1a/U3 photo-recon aircraft was relatively rare, though one still exists – the airplane brought back to the States by Watson’s Whizzers, that was sold to Howard Hughes in 1947 for proposed participation in the 1947 Thompson Trophy jet race (till the USAAF complained and said they wouldn’t show up if it did, since the Me-262A could outperform the P-80A Shooting Star). It then ended up in the mechanic’s school at the Glendale Grand Central Air Terminal as an instructional airframe, before being rescued by Ed Maloney in 1954 when the school and airport closed to become part of the Interstate 5 freeway through Los Angeles. Ed restored it to unflyable condition, but it was always a candidate for a full restoration since the Air Force hadn’t cut the mainspar. Paul Allen bought it in 2000, and over the past 12 years it was restored with rebuilt Jumo 003s with parts replaced with better-constructed and more reliable guts. The airplane was supposed to fly sometime this past year, but that’s been delayed due to the pandemic (and the death of Mr. Allen).
Full review here this weekend after it first gets published over at the mothership. But here it will have more photos.
Overall, I think the HB 262s are the best kits of the type. I’ve done all the 1/48 alternatives and like this for ease of assembly, excellent fit, and overall accuracy. I cut the slats off and posed them dropped, which wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be. Full explanation in the review. There are WIP photos of the project at the WIP Group here.
Thanks to @lgardner for the photo of an Me-262A-1a/U3 with dense camo like this, after I thought I had gone “too far.” And to @michaelt for the photo of “white 2”, the airplane on the decal sheet, showing it used the dense “scribble.”
5 additional images. Click to enlarge.