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Review
Academy: Me 262 A-1a/2a ''Last Ace''
SgtRam
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Posted: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 - 05:21 AM UTC


Academy has released a Special Edition Me262A-1/2 and here Mike Grant takes a look.

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TimReynaga
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Posted: Friday, June 09, 2017 - 02:48 AM UTC
Thanks for the review; this looks to be a good kit. How does it compare to the other (Revell, Hasegawa, etc.) Me-262s in 1/72?
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Posted: Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10:57 AM UTC
nicely timed to steal some of Airfix's 'thunder' as they prepare to release a real 'new-tool' Me 262 in 72nd, this Academy tooling, as Mike says, was first released back in 2007! It is reasonably detailed but as with a number of Academy WWII kits they appear to have got the basic outline shapes wrong; it being rather fat and wide with an overly bulbous nose. The Academy glazing is too wide for the Revell kit - I had a cracked Revell canopy and needed to replace it - not possible with the Academy canopy which also happens to be a tad 'flattened-out' at the top. Still, you get two sets of tail parts in the box, one for the rocket-powered Heimatschuetzer variant -albeit inaccurate as Mike says -and the decal sheet is good although the 'ace' in 'white 4', supposedly a Kdo. Nowotny machine with yellow fuselage band and the well-known “snake” or 'tadpole' camouflage pattern on the tail fin, is another Luftwaffe 'myth' that refuses to die! The Galland machine is given as 'white 3' whereas more recent photographic research for his 'white 5' is now widely known. I'd check out the new Airfix release first (due imminently) - and at quite a bit less than the cost of this one