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4.0 out of 5 stars The Luftwaffe's first jet fighter, 30 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: Revell 1:72 Scale Me 262 A-1A (Toy)
The Me262 "Schwalbe" was the world's first operational jet fighter. Its performance and armament gave it a huge advantage over contemporary Allied fighters, including the Gloster Meteor, and the type was attributed with some 550 kills. It suffered from a number of crippling setbacks: maintenance problems and fuel shortages during the latter stages of the war reduced its operational availability and Allied tactics were adapted to target the Me262 ruthlessly on the ground.

I do like Revell kits a lot. I suspect that a casual or first-time modeller, looking for a model kit will probably plump for Airfix on the basis of brand-familiarity. But, really, Revell produces better quality kits (and probably has a wider range as well) and this item is no exception. A small, delicate set of mouldings with finely engraved panel lines *very fine indeed - care will be needed to retain some of this detail after the paint has gone on) and a surprising level of detail (for a 1/72 kit) this is a very nice offering indeed. It's not one of their best, though: there is some flash to tidy up, and the plastic is rather thinner and therefore more flexible than other kits by this company. I haven't yet built the kit but a dry fitting* suggests that there will be need for some filler in various places, especially on the engine pods where there are a few small molding dimples. Those "problems" shouldn't pose a problem for a careful modeller (and simply ignoring them will not ruin the build) but some forethought is necessary. One issue that will be harder to deal with is the canopy which is horribly fogged and virtually useless. It may be possible to source a better quality after-market product, but these invariably cost a lot. It's hard to see an alternative solution so you may simply have to accept the problem.

Another point to consider is that the main undercarriage wells are, in the model, closed off while in the real aircraft the wells had no "roof" and it was possible to see into the fuselage. Strangely, Revel have included some detail to the fuselage interior which will be visible through the wheel well if you take steps to open it up but this will need some skilful use of a razor saw. Once again, if you leave this step out, the model will not suffer visibly so it's your choice.

The aircraft has a tricycle undercarriage and to ensure that it sits comfortably on it's nose-wheel you will need to remember to add some weight to the nose (fishing weights or airgun pellets are ideal). The shape of the fuselage leaves adequate space to do this.

The type represented in this kit gives you a choice of rocket pods or external fuel tanks. These were designed to be mounted under the nose which, in my opinion, completely spoils the look and lines of the 'plane so I shall be leaving them off. If you want to include them, though, don't forget that you will need to open up some mounting hles in the fuselage BEFORE you glue the two halves together.

There is a choice of two squadron marking/paint schemes: aircraft from III/JG.7 and III.E JG.2. Note that the camoflage schemes both include some fairly fine "mottling" which is best applied with an airbrush. If, like me, you don't have one of these, your best bet is to apply the mottles using well diluted paint in several applications.

In my opinion, the 262 is what a jet fighter ought to look like; it's triangular section fuselage reminds me of (believe this or not) a Carlos Ezquerra space-ship and the graceful dart-like wings make it look like it's going fast even when stood still.

* Tip for new modellers. Dry fitting the main parts of a model together before you glue is good modelling practise. It allows you to plan the build (the instructions aren't always as explicit as they could be) and spot fitting problems before they arise. You will need some modelling tape and some patience - dry-fitting often seems like a pointless and time-wasting exercise but it pays off more often than you might expect.

Some photos of the finished article added to the product page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hobby, 17 April 2013
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This review is from: Revell 1:72 Scale Me 262 A-1A (Toy)
it looks really good and the instructions were really easy and simple to didn't take long to make either
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5.0 out of 5 stars Builds into a Fine Model, 14 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Revell 1:72 Scale Me 262 A-1A (Toy)
Builds up into a fine model of the Messerschmitt Me262 . Prior to buying it I suspected it might just be another Revell re-issue of an old Matchbox kit , but this is not the case . Possibly it is an example of ex-Heller tooling . Whatever the case it is clearly superior to previous dated offerings from Airfix and Frog . Certainly there is nothing not to like about this kit or how it goes together . It represents a bargain in comparision with the Hasegawa Me262 1/72 scale kit . Needs a little filler but that is no big issue and opens up a large number of different finishes using aftermarket decals .Recommended .
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