The Airfix Me-262’s were flying off the shelves last week at my favorite Seattle hobby shop, Skyway Models. In fact, multiple amigos from the Seattle IPMS chapter purchased the little beastie and have it on their benches right now. Don’t be surprised if some of these guys chime in with pics and comments about their own experiences building this kit.
Parts were removed from the sprues with cutters (Xuron) and cleaned up with a #11 X-Acto blade, the grey portion of a Triple-Grit sanding stick and/or a piece of folded Alpha Abrasives 600 grit paper.
After the parts were wiped down thoroughly with a Kimwipe saturated with Denatured Alcohol (Crown: “For Cleaning Glass”) they were affixed to pieces of wood with small wads of putty in preparation for being shot with primer.
A custom mix of Mission Models Grey and Black Primers was prepared to match slightly lightened RLM-66 by LifeColor. This was diluted at a ratio of 60:40 (Primer to Mission Thinner) and shot at ~12psi with an H&S Evolution fitted with a 0.2mm tip.
When this was dry, the interior of the fuselage, outer aspects of the cockpit tub, and portions of the lower wing and wheel well areas of the upper wings were shot with Mission Models Aluminum. This was sprayed at ~12psi straight from the bottle with a few drops of Mission Polymix per 2ml paint cup using an Evolution fitted with a 0.2mm tip. When this was dry a pin wash of Tamiya Black Panel Line Accent Color #87131 (Tamiya Dark Wash) was used to bring out the details.
The halves were then joined with Tamiya Extra Thin Cement and the fit was excellent.
To add depth, the cockpit tub was treated to a pin-wash of Tamiya Dark Wash. Having no self control; I broke my vow to build this out of the box and added a set of PE rudder pedals from the spares box.
The details on the cockpit side panels were picked out using Mission Models Blue, Red, Yellow, and White carefully applied with sharpened toothpicks. The fuse panel on the starboard side panel was picked out with black and detailed with thin strips of white decal film. The control column was painted with Mission Paints applied with a brush. The painted cockpit components were then glued into the cockpit tub using thick CA (Bob Smith).
The seat cushion was painted with a small hairy stick (i.e., brush) using Mission Models Neutral Tan with a touch of Mission Red added. A set of Eduard color PE lap belts were then glued in place with thick CA (Bob Smith). The final assembly was given a pin-wash of Tamiya Dark Wash.
The instrument panel decals have little/no decal film on the periphery of the panels obviating the need to trim around them prior to removal from the sheet: nice. The decals were applied using Micro-Set and –Sol and they worked beautifully. I have to say the final result is quite nice with very little effort expended.
Okay, that’s it for Part One.
In Part Two we’ll assemble the wing and nacelles and in the interest of accuracy, do a little re-scribing on the fuselage.
Thanks for reading along!