Revell 1\32 Me 262 B-1/U-1 Nightfighter

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Time to leave the problems on my tornado till I feel up to tackling them.
So I who this kit will be better and only time will tell and I will highlight any problems.
I don't think anyone has built one here before so I hope I can get that camo right. (Gulp!)
Here's some pics P1030523.JPG P1030522.JPG P1030524.JPG P1030525.JPG P1030526.JPG P1030527.JPG P1030528.JPG P1030529.JPG
 
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A lot of plastic there Peter. Should be a good test for your new airbrush. Good luck.
 
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Looks like a nice kit from the reviews I've seen. No wonder you were experimenting with Me 262 shaped stencils prior to getting your airbrush ;)
 

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There is some confusion over the camouflage you are worried about.
It is usually assumed that the mottle is RLM 75 over an RLM 76 base. Georg Czypionka, who flew with NJG 11 remembered the aircraft being finished in 'medium grey', presumably RLM 75, with a 'night fighter scribble' in 'light blue', presumably RLM 76, all over. This would in fact be a more or less standard night fighter scheme for the period. The undersides were then painted black, RLM 22. He also remembered that the tops of the wings (and horizontal stabilisers?) were then roughly over sprayed in a 'dark green', they never had the splinter camouflage usually shown on decal sheets. This dark green was probably the green version of RLM 81, often still called RLM 83 in most model paint ranges. There is one photograph taken from the rear that shows the upper wing surfaces to be finished in one colour, no splinter.

You have choices. I have to say that in the well known photograph of this aircraft, taken from the port front quarter, before it received its British markings, the RLM 75 base with an RLM 76 'squiggle' looks entirely plausible....to me. The squiggle/mottle of which ever was the second colour applied is so dense that it really is difficult to tell.
The black undersides are a no brainer, but the tops of the wings and tailplane? One colour? certainly. Dark green, as per Czypionka's memory seems reasonable. Whether applied over the RLM 75/76 night fighter camouflage, and how well, depends on how much you trust Czypionka's memory.

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Made a start on the cockpit and here are the first few pieces,I am not a fan of cockpit decels as I am low on funds so this will be an out of the box build. P1030530.JPG P1030531.JPG
 
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Looks good so far Peter, nice cockpit. If you're following Steves' advice, that will make a challenging job for your new airbrush, but you will achieve a great finish I'm sure.
 
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That's coming along really well Peter. The seats look great!

I think on the Me 262 the rear of the IP panel is visible, so it might be good to add some wiring - maybe with thin electrical wire or soldering wire painted to suit.
 

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Another update the cockpit is complete and I have started on the forward gun bay/front landing gear bay 20170516_124930.jpg 20170516_124944.jpg 20170516_124958.jpg
 

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Looking nice. With regard to the cockpit decals, I chop them up then add more setting solution. That often helps them conform.
 

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This looks a nice kit Peter. To me the Me 262 wasnt the nicest looking aircraft but from a modelling point of view its the camo that really brings it to life especially in 1/32 scale.
 

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Here is today's work got some work underneath the cockpit and the wheel bays and finally got the bottom wings on.
And the fuselage went together with no problems either. 20170516_182247.jpg 20170516_182256.jpg 20170516_182308.jpg 20170516_182322.jpg 20170516_182454.jpg 20170517_170644.jpg 20170517_170733.jpg