This is a good kit to build. The details look to be very nice right from the box. Hobby Boss has offered numerous versions, and being a 262 fan like I am, I have practically every 262 kit that HB has made………in 1/48, to go along with the various Tamiya and DML / Trimaster kits in the stash. Currently, right now I have a Revell new tool 1/32 scale night fighter “two seater” jet on the work bench. It’s shaping up to be a nice model too.
Like you, I have often wondered why these leading edge wing slats were molded shut by most of the manufacturers. As these jets were parked on the ground, the slats would have “drooped” into the “Open” position, due to the forces of gravity, just as you have depicted here. I like what you have done with yours, and I will be doing the same thing to mine when I build up a few of the Hobby Boss kits I have in the stash. So I will steal your idea and run with it……….. 🙂
Drag from airflow is what closed them shut, so it’s not very realistic to have a model posed as it would be on the ground, while having the slats closed.
Meanwhile, I have shared with you this real life WW2 color photo showing a “recon” bird after the nose wheel collapsed, (which was a common occurrence). If you look very close, you can see the runs in the dark green paint. This wasn’t done in a very neat fashion, more like hurry up and get it done before another Allied bomb drops on your head…………..
These planes were most likely painted in RLM 76 overall, then they had the camouflage sprayed on top of that. The early “S” machines were delivered in overall RLM 76, with the camouflage being added as an afterthought. However, some of the early “fighter” version of the 262’s were delivered in the mid war colors of 74/75/76. It gets confusing, and boils down to the werke number and production date, if your a Luftwaffe nerd like I am.
Hope this picture helps…………. enjoy.