Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a
by Bob Aikens
Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a/U1
1/48 scale Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a/U1 is available online from
The Dragon/DML 1/48 scale kit of the Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a/U1 was
first released (I think) in 1992 as part of the 1/48 scale Master
This series was attractively packaged with great boxtop art,and had
extras such as photo-etched detail and rubber tires. This kit, along
with Dragon's 262A-1a, were timely additions, especially for Luftwaffe
fans as the Monogram kit had been the only 262 in 1/48 scale for too
Anyone who has built a few Dragon kits would probably agree that they
are very good examples of model manufacturing-but the knock seems to be
that they all suffer from minor fit problems, especially at the
Fuselage-to-wing root areas. The scrupulous modeler must either fill
with plastic card, or shim the fuselsge sides outwards so that it meets
the wing more evenly.
On the 262s, attention must also be paid to getting the engine nacelle
joints neatly filled and smoothed.
kit painting instructions and decals offer two aircraft from 10/NJG 11-
"Red 12" 111980 and "Red 10" 110635. 10/NJG 11 was the only Luftwaffe
nachtjager unit to equip with the 262,and at that, receiving fewer than
a dozen examples of the 262B-1a/U-1.
The upper surfaces of "Red 12" were done with Model Master RLM 76, the
mottling with XtraColor RLM 74. The undersides are Tamiya Flat Black..
It is with the greatest of historical and poetic license that I include
a picture of "Red 12" at a Swiss airfield. It arrived just after the
disbanding of all 262 units in April of 1945.
William Green - The
Warplanes of the Third Reich
Ltd.-Famous Airplanes of the World, No. 2-Messerschmitt Me262
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