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Postby snapdragon » Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:07 pm

Been waiting for this for a long time.... and it is currently travelling to me.

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Yup! The 1/18 Me 262.

I have not made any building plans as yet apart from the decision to do a Luft '46 2 tone Afrika Korps splinter pattern aircraft just as something different.

Really this is very much a basic build and it will be the paint job and physical size that needs to impress. I will be going with custom paint masks, but need to measure the decals in the kit first before going to Maketar to order. I have also aproached HGW to see if they will upscale their 1/32 ME 262 water transfer set for me and I think that I will just go with 1/24 Luftwaffe seatbelts from them. Might be a bit undersized, but better than nothing.

If anyone has ideas... please post!
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Re: On its way to me right now....

Postby Morris » Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:24 pm

Looking forward to see what you make of it, James - I wonder if there is any auto model PE in a larger scale than 24 - maybe buckles and such...?
Watching this also as I fancy a Merit Dauntless in this scale --- :)
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Re: On its way to me right now....

Postby Morris » Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:40 pm

This is a outfit called GeminiModelcars I believe
1/18 sear belt making kit
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Re: On its way to me right now....

Postby Mark » Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:21 am

How about 1/12 scale car harnesses? Aircraft harnesses tend to be a bit wider than can seatbelts, and there’s a wider choice in 1/12. You might be able to cobble something close.

Alternatively, masking tape with fuse wire buckles shouldn’t be too difficult at that scale.
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Re: On its way to me right now....

Postby Morris » Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:42 am

Yeah, Mark's got a point 1/12th gear being used - I'm starting to get the old scratch building juices thinking about these big kits - I'm writing Santie Clause for one of those Merit Dauntlesses as I've been a good boy - and I'm watching what James does with the two six two :)
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Re: On its way to me right now....

Postby snapdragon » Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:41 pm

Last night I had a bit of madness with some spoons, paints and my airbrush.

Here's my paint results, thinking about what is available from the Luftwaffe paint list and also the Afrika Korps RAL paints.

My first choice is on the left. RLM 79 Sand RLM 81 Brown Violet RLM 78 Blue. The other paints are the Afrika Korps Vehicle paint.

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RLM 78/79 are the Luftwaffe desert paints so those are the base ones and RLM 81 Brown-Violet used on late war Luftwaffe European Theatre. This is I personally think the right one for the two tone splinter scheme for the upper surface as it will give a definite shade divide.

However, using the Afrika Korps would be a bit more subtle with the splinter pattern, so I am throwing it open to reasoned arguments and discussion so readers pile in with what they think. Nobody will be Chastised, laughed at or anything else. It is always good to get other peoples take.
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Re: On its way to me right now....

Postby steve131 » Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:30 pm

Always took an interest in DAK but they finished in 43 you want to do an 46 plane so it got to be other. 262 one of my favourite plane's so looking forward to what this big boy looks like .
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Re: On its way to me right now....

Postby steve131 » Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:25 pm

Would you consider putting their 1\18 F86 in the basket also?
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Re: On its way to me right now....

Postby snapdragon » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:51 pm

I have my eye on that. I also have the 1/18 Huey coming too.

Could be just a simple big OOB build with a natural metal finish... now there's a challenge!
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Re: On its way to me right now....

Postby snapdragon » Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:20 pm

The Me 262 is now in my grubby paws.

I have to be brutally honest and I have found a couple of strange things. According to my sources this should be the HB re-boxing of the 2013 Merit offering according to the internet, but I have found a copyright of 21st Century Toys 2008 on the EXTERIOR of one of the horizontal stabilisers.

There does not seem to be much to the kit. the plastic is very thick and the exterior detail leaves much to be desired. The clear parts seem to have a white bloom in them.....

Looking at the Cockpit I reckon I could get away with 1/24 seatbelts and I had visions of doing lots of wiring in the wheelwell etc, but I think that the only place that will benefit is the gun bay, and the gun barrels need drilling out...

I will do a photograph of the box contents to be put in the appropriate section, but this is just mainly going to be a very good (I hope) paint job to make it stand out.

Recommendation: - If you want to do a large scale ME 262, go with Trumpeter's 1/32 kits with Eduard detail or scratch wiring.

There are lots of screws and plugs. Really this is a toy for a kid.
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Re: On its way to me right now....

Postby Morris » Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:43 pm

Wow.....the kit sounds like the Pegasus 1/18 X-1 that I started - toylike with gimmicks etc. ....
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Postby snapdragon » Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:00 pm

Yes... Toylike but with no gimmicks I can see... although the undercart may move and it does come with nose weights.
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