Frank's Collection Of Scale Model Aircraft Art!
Two "Theme Models" of a Messerschmitt ME 262A "Swallow"!
Constructed from Tamiya 1/48 Kits!
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!
First a bit of "Swallow" research for inspiration!
I keep looking at this beautiful Swallow, and am confident that in the near future he will provide me with some significant "inspiration"!!
The Completed Pair. The Swallow Version, and the NMF version!
Finished "Cutting Edge" instrument panel. Paint details same as for the side panels. Instruments are film (back side painted with Gunze Flat White Acrylic). The film is sandwiched between the CE resin parts. The front part and left upper center sub panel are separate resin parts. Each must be sanded on the back side to make the holes open up. By the time the holes in the sub panel opened up the resin thickness was about 0.016" (very thin)! The main panel ended up about 0.062" thick. I should have sanded this one thinner but did not realize this till after the sandwich was made. Then I could see that it was somewhat more difficult to see the instruments through the main resin panel.
Prior to making the sandwich, the instrument bezels on the resin parts were dry brushed with MM Glossy Black Enamel in an effort to highlight them. They should have been sanded lightly first to smooth them out a bit prior to the dry brushing as now they look a bit rough.
A Mike Grant decal was applied on the right hand side to balance out the appearance!
Size comparison with dime!
OOB instrument Panel. Sprayed with MM Euro Gray, then 2 coats of sprayed Future! Three decal sets applied. Right hand panel, center left upper panel, and tiny left hand little pair of instruments. Micro Sol & Set used to suck in instruments. This will now be airbrushed with a clear flat Acrylic to decrease the Future gloss and seal the instruments in place. Center consol box must be added yet.
After spraying with MM Clear Flat and adding the center consol box and a Mike Grant Decal on the right edge. While the overall glossyness of the panel is now "flat" the instrument decal film on the right hand set has become a bit noticeable! Not to my complete satisfaction. However, on the plus side, the instrument bezels have improved in appearance! I decided not to try to "touch up" the film problem for fear of making it worse<g>! Also after "flatening" the total face of the IP, I added a drop of Future back into each instrument to re-simulate the "glass"!
The Eduard PE Instrument panel. Printed instrument sheet laminated to front PE part with Future! A drop of Future added into instrument openings to simulate glass.!
I was planning to use this PE panel on the 2nd OOB IP build. However, I have lost that OOB part, so I can not proceed with that approach. I thought you might want to see here what the Eduard PE panel looks like in comparison with the Cutting Edge and OOB #1 Versions. As you can see its a rather nice IP, but the instruments lack some of the detail as shown in the OOB decal approach!
OOB Seat with Eduard PE Seat Belts! Seat Frame MM Euro Gray. Back cushion, Palmer Burnt Sienna Acrylic! Seat Frame dry brushed with MM Light Gull Gray!
Cutting Edge Seat. Cast in place resin belts brushed with MM US Khaki! Pigms pens used for detailing!
The Cutting Edge Pit!!
Completed "Cutting Edge Cockpit!
The pair of Junkers Jumo 109 turbojets now finished. I laid a few pipe runs (my first try at this) using Radio Shack solder (0.015/0.032).
Engines now mounted to the transport carts. I have given each cart a slightly different treatment!
The Kettenkraftrad has now been finished.
Development of the Swallow finish!
Chromed assembly was masked and Alclad 2 Copper applied - heavier toward the front, lighter toward the rear. Then a special blend of Alclad Red and Copper was applied on top of the copper, again heavier toward the front. Our "Swallow" is beginning to emerge!
Alclad 2 Chrome now applied! Gunbay "closed" cover panel being used as a mask. Later it will be replaced with the "Open" panel cover! Now waiting masking and application of the topside colors!
Tamiya Clear Blue now added. Applied heavier toward the front, and lighter toward the rear.
Nacells now added and masks removed!
See the reconstructed Me 262 flying at the following link!
My 23rd and 24th Builds!
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