Me 262 B-1a/U1
by Ingo Degenhardt
Messerschmitt Me 262 B-1a/U1
by Lutz Degenhardt
1/48 scale Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a/U1 is available online from
As it is already very well covered on the World Wide Web, I will not
write much about the history of the Me262 variants – this is my
interpretation of the well-known “Rote 10” from 10./NJG 11, shown in a
small diorama scene representing a temporary hideout near the
Reichsautobahn Hamburg – Lübeck from where this unit operated it’s jet
nightfighters during May 1945.
The Me 262 B-1a/U1 originated from the
B-1a two-seat trainer and was only meant as an interim solution until
the B-2a became available. But only one prototype was finished before
the end of the war.
This is the first in a small series of three more
or less representative Me 262 models I built for my slowly growing
collection of aircraft from the early jet age. The Dragon model has good
detail but there are also some fit issues, especially when fitting the
wing construction to the fuselage. It contains some nice PE parts for
the main wheel well and cockpit.
According to my research “Red 10” did not have the
modified armament of two long-barreled guns that the Dragon kit offers,
but retained the original Mk108 – having the two upper guns removed. I
did my best to find out, but I am still not 100% sure about that.
The rubber wheels did not look very convincing to
me, so I replaced them with a weighted wheel set by Aires, which look
very fine. I also shortened the main gear legs to give the airplane the
right ‘attitude’, but obviously not enough as it still sits too
horizontal in my opinion.
For the cockpit I added seat belts for the rear
seat and a Tamiya figure for the pilot’s seat. The canopy-holding
strings are very fine wire just as the antenna cables.
The Kettenkrad and it’s driver of course are Tamyia.
As well as the barrels and jerrycans, that were released for their 1/48
As usual I used Xtra-color enamels except for the
black undersides which are painted in Humbrol gloss black with a few
drops of gloss white. The upper camouflage scheme is RAL 76 with the
mottling in RAL 75. The dividing line between upper and lower camouflage
was masked with blu-tack. A quite well documented feature of this
aircraft are the fuel tanks under the fuselage – they seemed either to
have suffered some rough treatment or the paint didn’t stick to them too
well on the real thing – lots of scratches and chipped paint appear in
photographs. I reproduced this and did some further weathering of this
kind to the engine nacelles, wing leading edges, etc.
I believe the aircraft had black Balkenkreuze on
the upper wings instead of the white ones that Dragon supplies. These
and the fuselage crosses I sprayed in flat black using the decals to cut
out templates from adhesive foil. As usual in Germany, swastikas are not
included in the kit, but I wanted the model to be complete and found me
Although it has it’s issues, the Dragon model is a
quite straightforward built model, which needs some special attention
with the fiddly PE construction in the main wheel well, the
wing/fuselage joint and the attachment of the main wheels and legs that
do not automatically fit in the right angles which are so typical of the
The following literature (besides the www.) was
used for the building of this model:
Waffenarsenal No. 90, Band 2 “Me262 – Das
Me 262 „Stormbird rising“ by Hugh Morgan
“Me 262 Sturmvogel “ by Dennis R. Jenkins
The Diorama plate was originally intended for an
abandoned 1/72 armour scene and therefore may appear a little small for
the Me262 but as I do not plan to build anything much smaller than this
used it anyway, because it is too nice to be wasted. It was made by Bodo
Degenhardt and adds a touch of family business to the diorama.
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