Frank's Collection Of Scale Model Aircraft Art!
Two "Theme Models" of a Messerschmitt ME 262A "Swallow"!
Constructed from Tamiya 1/48 Kits!
Page 3 - The Natural Metal Finished Model-!
The Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe (German "Swallow") was the world's first operational jet-powered fighter. It was mass-produced in World War II and saw action from late summer of 1944 in bomber/reconnaissance and fighter/interceptor roles. Officially named Schwalbe, because the swallow is one of the fastest birds known when going into a dive to capture and eat an airborne insect, German pilots nicknamed it the Turbo, while the Allies called it the Stormbird. While the Me 262 had a negligible impact on the course of the war; shooting down an estimated 150 Allied aircraft for the loss of 100 Me 262s; the jet was both well-known and highly influential on post-war aircraft development.
Click on the pic above to see this beautiful reconstructed "Swallow" flying!
The Theme For This Version!
I have been working on two very different versions of the Me 262. One is (the first finished here) a "Natural Metal Finish" version, and the other is quite different and based on "the Swallow"!
The NMF version is based on a "what if" concept of reconstructing a very nice recombination of the best parts salvaged from two resurrected "birds" from the scrap piles. These crafts always had smoothing putty smeared along the panel lines, and when unpainted had a very strange appearance! My reconstruction crew, dug out all this old putty, cleaned up the panels as well as the could and reassembled them. They were not able to "polish" the panels (nothing but hand tools available). Some panels were damaged beyond repair and had to be replaced with sheet metal available to the crew. Thus the result is a bit "patchwork" looking. We started on a pair like these:
Now I have a strong dislike for the appearance of "heavily accented" panel lines and have never previously (in my short 18 month plastic modeling experience) attempted to accent panel lines.
However, I have made an attempt here to do a very modest and conservative accenting of these panel lines, as I felt it would help to bring out the "patch work" effect just a bit. I hope I have succeeded!
The NMF here was beset with unusual problems right from the start. As I write this, the Alclad 2 "White Aluminum" base coat has refused to thoroughly dry (still a bit tacky to touch) after 26 days. The previously used WA also had total solvent resistance to Terpenol and/or Naptha. This material does not. I had planed to use a terpenol / black oil paint panel line wash. I had practiced this on 4 - P 47 body halves ( painted with an older WA batch) and was getting pretty good at it. Since I could not use Terpenol, I switched to a wash of one part Tamiya Glossy Black Acrylic, one part "Joy soap" and 10 parts water. I small piece of paper towel was used to wipe off the excess. Any stubborn spots were cleaned up with "409"! on a Q tip.
Surprising me, this tacky surface could be smoothed a bit with 8000 and 12000 micromesh prior to masking and painting in the odd panel colors and washing in the panel lines.
Thus the final result is a "very subdued" (not normal for my theme builds) attempt at a realistic approach to a reconstruction project! Well, except for one night when the paint crew got their hands on some nice "Red Paint" <g>!!
Also since we started with two aircraft we ended up with two spare Jumo engines which can be swapped in and out as required.
See the reconstructed Me 262 flying at the following link!
My 23rd and 24th Builds!
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