Revell's 1/48 scale
Messerschmitt Me 163B
Part Two by
Messerschmitt Me 163B "Komet"
Revell's 1/48 scale Messerschmtit Me 163 is available online from Squadron.com
Me163B-0 "White 54" presumably belonged to the training unit JG 400, 13.
or 14. Staffel depending on what reference you look at. The plane was
captured close to the end of WWII and then transferred to the USA.
Maybe the best known photo of this plane was taken at
Freeman Field in 1946 when an open exhibition on captured airplanes was
held for public. The interesting thing about this plane is that most
probably it's not "white 54" but "white 42" with "white 54"'s fin
Checking my references, I noted that "white 54" 'this
stabilizer reappeared on at least yet another Komet. This Me163 had a
prominent "V" spray line on the lower port side of the fuselage in front
of the skid. Another point of interest is the dented top section of the
fin and different shape of the rear view window. Apart from these, there
are a number of other small differences that I had to pay attention to
when downgrading the kit - which forms a serial production version.
This is the 1:48 scale Me163B model from Revell. It is exactly the same
kit as the Dragon offering, but the PE parts are molded in plastic.
My model was painted with Gunze acrylics and weathered
with atrists' oil paints.
The figure with sunglasses came from the Resination USAF
set, the one on the plane is from the ICM RAF figure set.
Unfortunately, I cannot recall who makes the third
Ladder is made of copper wire and strips of soda can.
The copper wires were soldered together, so that the joints were more
resistant when handling. The little board is made of thin strips of wood
glued together with super glue. The information paper was printed out on
PC after writitng some text in MS Word text editor.
The wooden base is made by my friend, Vendel Vasas and
the airstrip was made of concrete. The tarmac strips were painted on
with black water colors.
I'd like to thank my friends: Károly Brassai and Péter
Tóth for the help during construction of the model.
Special thanks goes to Rob de Bie, Alan Scheckenbach,
Zoltán Tóth and Sándor Fülöp for the help on researching the history and
camouflage of the real plane.
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|German Jet Aces of World
Aircraft of the Aces 17
Author: Hugh Morgan, John Weal
Illustrator: John Weal
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: Ł2.99
January 15, 1998
Details: 100 pages; ISBN: 1855326345
Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2006
by Peter Kormos
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