Me 262 B-1a/U1 Smer 1/72
- Product Name : Me 262 B-1a/U1 Smer 1/72
- Product Number : 0834
- Manufacturer : Smer
The legendary Messerschmitt Me 262 was the first operational jet fighter aircraft.
Design work started before World War II began, but problems with engines, metallurgy and top-level interference kept the aircraft from operational status with the Luftwaffe until mid-1944. The Me 262 was faster and more heavily armed than any Allied fighter. One of the most advanced aviation designs in operational use during World War II, the Me 262’s roles included light bomber, reconnaissance and experimental night fighter versions.
Me 262 pilots claimed a total of 542 Allied aircraft shot down, although higher claims are sometimes made. Attacks by Allied forces on fuel supplies during the deteriorating late-war situation also reduced the effectiveness of the aircraft as a fighting force. Armament production within Germany was focused on more easily manufactured aircraft. In the end, the Me 262 had a negligible impact on the course of the war as a result of its late introduction and the consequently small numbers put in operational service.
The kit is boxed by Eastern European company Smer.
With overall simplicity, this is a real old school scale modelling piece.
The original tooling is from Heller, dated back in 1974 and I bought this for around 6.00 USD, so keep it’s price and age in mind while reading the review.
Within the side opening box we have four grey sprues, a canopy piece, decals and instructions manual. The sprues were just trhown inside the box WITHOUT any bags or protections. The decals and canopy, however, are protected in a small bag.
This kit is almost 50 years old, so do not expect too much out of it.
All surfaces have fine raised detail, with panel lines and some ocasional rivets.
Interior is very simplified, but complete wih seats and instrument panel for both pilot and radar operator.
Canopy is of decent quality.
Print quality of the decals is okay, I liked it. But there is no information about who produces them, and makes you doubt its conforming properties once applied to the model.
Also, swastikas are included, wich in my book is always a good point.
Decals include options for two versions of the night figther.
Now some fitting test with the model, and boy, it’s not good.
Some big gaps and that pointy edge thing in the fuselage halves joint.
At this point I noticed that there is no landing gear bay at all, so you will have to scratch build something there if you want a proper model.
But hey, it looks like a double seater Me 262 once all its main parts are together, and this aircraft is wonderful.
- Very cheap kit
- Very interesting subject
- Lack of overall details
- Fitting issues
- Simplified cockpit
- No landing gear bay
A friend once told me that there is no bad kits, just lazy scale modellers.
If you want to build a proper model, you’ll have a LOT of work. Filling and sanding, scratch building and rescribing panel lines.
With some love and attention, and most important our precious time, this should turn out a nice model.
But if you don’t want this challenge, stay away from this kit.
For the price I paid, around 6.00 USD, I call it a good purchase, but that’s me.
I’m looking foward to build this kit, should be fun to try something old school.