Messerschmitt Me262A-1a Heinz “Pritzl” Bär, Hobby Boss 1/48 (No.80373 year 2011)
Finished the Messerschmitt Me262A-1a flown by Heinz "Pritzl" Bär who shot down 16 enemy aircraft flying the 262 out of his 220 aircraft shot down in total.
The Hobby Boss kit included decals to create the V355 experimental aircraft containing 2 additional cannons. With the help of Eric (@airbum) who sent me the decals of Heinz Bär's aircraft, I was able to convert it into the Red 13 which I did prefer more.
Michael Turner's @michaelt building thread did help me a lot to get the most out of this Hobby Boss kit.
Have to say that it was a pleasure to build and there were not many issues which had to be solved.
To prevent it from being a tail sitter, Hobby Boss created a metal nose cone but this metal is barely enough to keep it on the nose wheel, luckily I added a bolt and two nuts inside the compartment where usually the two additional cannons should have been mounted. No tail sitting at all now.
As usual I used Vallejo acrylics for the primer, paints and varnish.
Montex masks and Eduard seatbelts are the only aftermarket addition to this OOB build.
Scratchbuild are the brake lines, made out of electra wire.
Only struggle I had was my own fault, while repairing a knocked off main landing gear, I was so clumsy to knock down the other one as well. Repairing was however not that difficult using CA for more strength.
I'm pretty confident with the result although I think I could definitely improve on the mottling part.
Hope you enjoy the added pictures, all of them taken outdoor mostly in the shade. Last couple of pictures inside the sun.
Thanks for watching.
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