Messerschmitt Me 262A
by Chris Wauchop
Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a
text and images by Brett Green
1/48 scale Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a is available online from Squadron
Only one Messerschmitt Me
262 bomber survives today.
‘Black X’, Werknummer 500200
(9K+XK), was built outdoors sometime around February 1945, probably at the
Regensburg Waldwerk at Obertraubling. The jet subsequently served with
2./KG 51 before being surrendered by its pilot to the RAF at the end of
This important aircraft was
sent to Australia where it was initially cared for by the Royal Australian
Air Force, and eventually transferred to the Australian War Memorial where
it remains in fairly original condition today.
For more information and
photographs of this fascinating specimen, you can read
Eagle Files #5,
"Stormbird Colors" by Benjamin Evans and myself, published in 2002
by Eagle Editions Limited.
Chris built Tamiya's 1/48
scale Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a without after-market enhancements. He
commented that the kit was almost flawless - a delightful build with no
filling or sanding required anywhere.
However, he did add a few of
his own minor improvements and modifications. These included:
the two top cannon ports in
the nose were drilled out and backfilled with Milliput White two-part
added a tiny hook and
drilled a hole in the canopy to accommodate the antenna wire from
invisible mending thread
some canopy details were
gun camera port was filled
with white glue
brake lines were added from
fine soldering wire
Black X was finished in a
late-war partial camouflage of RLM 81 Brown Violet and RLM 82 Light Green
on the upper surfaces over natural metal, putty and primer. Some of the
steel components were painted various shades of RLM 76 Light Blue. Panel
lines were sealed with a dark grey-coloured putty.
Chris started the paint job
while the parts were still on the sprues. He sprayed all the major
components AS-12 Airframe Silver from Tamiya, straight from the can.
Once the model was
assembled, the putty lines were depicted with a coat of Tamiya XF-24 Dark
Grey sprayed freehand with the Aztek A470 airbrush. With this step
complete, Chris sprayed over these lines with a narrower band of Tamiya
XF-66 Light Grey, leaving a faint border of dark grey along each side of
the putty lines.
Some variety of panel
shading was obtained by a very thin application of Chris's Black-Brown
cocktail over randomly selected panels.
The RLM 76 surfaces were
next. Gunze paints were used for this and the upper surface colours, RLM
81 Brown Violet and RLM 82 Light Green.
Markings were sourced from
Eagle Cals sheet
number EC#44 "Me 262 Turbos" . These decals were prepared in
conjunction with the book, so they accurately reflect details including
the offset fuselage cross.
The decals were trouble free
in application, and settled down nicely under a top coat of Gunze Flat
Having spent quite some time
closely examining the real Black X, it was fantastic to see Chris's
authentic rendition of this Stormbird in plastic.
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Model by Chris Wauchop
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17 March, 2004
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