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On its way.... HB 1/18 Me 262

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On its way.... HB 1/18 Me 262
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Saturday, October 17, 2020 10:50 AM

Yes, Finally it will be with me in a couple of days.

 

 

Yup! The 1/18 Me 262.

 

I have not made any building plans as yet apart from the decision to do a Luft '46 2 tone Afrika Korps splinter pattern aircraft just as something different.

Really this is very much a basic build and it will be the paint job and physical size that needs to impress. I will be going with custom paint masks, but need to measure the decals in the kit first before going to Maketar to order. I have also aproached HGW to see if they will upscale their 1/32 ME 262 water transfer set for me and I think that I will just go with 1/24 Luftwaffe seatbelts from them. Might be a bit undersized, but better than nothing.

Last night I had a bit of madness with some spoons, paints and my airbrush.

Here's my paint results, thinking about what is available from the Luftwaffe paint list and also the Afrika Korps RAL paints.

My first choice is on the left. RLM 79 Sand RLM 81 Brown Violet RLM 78 Blue. The other paints are the Afrika Korps Vehicle paint.

 

 

RLM 78/79 are the Luftwaffe desert paints so those are the base ones and RLM 81 Brown-Violet used on late war Luftwaffe European Theatre. This is I personally think the right one for the two tone splinter scheme for the upper surface as it will give a definite shade divide.

However, using the Afrika Korps would be a bit more subtle with the splinter pattern, so I am throwing it open to reasoned arguments and discussion so readers, pile in with what you think. Nobody will be Chastised, laughed at or anything else. It is always good to get other peoples take.

I am also open to imprevements and seatbelts are a sticking point with this. Ideas or alternative products are welcome as well as other forms of detailing. Usually Eduard and HGW are my go to places, but there's nothing for this scale out there. So, Come on, guys and gals, lets have some flashes of inspiration!

 

 

James

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    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, October 17, 2020 11:19 AM

For some reason Pretty Boy from Red Tails comes to mind, although with your camouflage pattern and colors rather than a lozenge type camoflage pattern but still with the yellow nose. Just a thought.

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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    August 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Saturday, October 17, 2020 12:51 PM

For big scale belts, maybe check at a fabric/sewing store. Buckles might have to be scratched

I work at an auto body shop and got a part in that was wrapped in an embossed bag that looks like a woven belt. Saved it for future use.  Can send you some if you want to see or try it. Just pm address.

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, October 17, 2020 1:32 PM

This will be fun to watch.  Going to need a special shelf!

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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    November 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Saturday, October 17, 2020 5:12 PM

Need to finish the 1/32 B-17 first I think!!!!

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, October 17, 2020 6:22 PM
Too big for me,probably too costly and no room.

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, October 17, 2020 7:36 PM

keavdog
Going to need a special shelf!

Probably more like a custom hangar, if only to keep the dust off Smile

Hmm, my calculator is rendering 23.16666" long by 27.555" wide  So, you probably need a 30x30" base at a minimum, probably 42x42 if revetments.  And that's a big honking chunck of camo netting, too.

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    November 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Sunday, October 18, 2020 4:41 AM

For those wondering....

Length: 590mm   Wingspan: 680mm

For Americans...

Length 23.2283  Wingspan 26.7717

Cool

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  • From: NEVER USE PHOTO BUCKET - IT'S A THREAD WRECKER.
Posted by disastermaster on Sunday, October 18, 2020 8:38 AM

Tojo72

probably too costly and no room.

 

 
With tax and shipping, just short of $200.00.
Not to mention hangar rent.

https://i.imgur.com/Gcc59Dk.png

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Sunday, October 18, 2020 9:36 AM

Didn't 21st Century Toys have an Me-262 in their 1/18th catalog?

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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    November 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Sunday, October 18, 2020 1:55 PM

This is the reboxed Merit one.

Just wondering if a OOB build with a good paint job will do, or should I take it further.

Would need pic references for gun bay and wheelbay. or I might use Eduards Trumpeter update sets instructions as reference.

I will put up kit sprues ASAP and any input and ideas would be helpful!

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    July 2003
  • From: NEVER USE PHOTO BUCKET - IT'S A THREAD WRECKER.
Posted by disastermaster on Monday, October 19, 2020 10:49 AM

snapdragonxxx

This is the reboxed Merit one.

Just wondering if a OOB build with a good paint job will do, or should I take it further.

Would need pic references for gun bay and wheelbay. or I might use Eduards Trumpeter update sets instructions as reference.

I will put up kit sprues ASAP and any input and ideas would be helpful!

 

 
Here's a bit'o help......

https://i.imgur.com/Gcc59Dk.png

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    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:20 AM

Hi James:

 Gotta pipe in here. One of my favorite builds was the All clear 1/48 version. Now as for inspiration look in craft stores and oddball boutiques for detail stuff. You'd be surprised at what you find.

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    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:21 AM

Ah, sorry for any confusion-I didn't mean to suggest that this kit originated with 21st Century Toys, just that the scale made me think of their line of finished display models.  I never expected anyone to produce a true assembly kit of the 262 in such a large scale.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:20 PM

Man......that is one big aircraft model!!! Wow!!! 

                   

 

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