Me 163A V4

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Some notes about the model
I bought the Flashback kit of the Me 163A 1 or 2 years ago in a sale for 5 Euro. It has only a few parts but is pretty difficult due to the 4 fuselage parts. Much filling and sanding is needed at the nose and the wing-stern transition.

It lay around for quite a while because the pix in the Me 163 books (Ransom/Camman Classic Publ.) seem to be neither RLM 02 nor Cremeweiß (standard glider colour). It looks a bit like 65 or 76 .. in the end I went the "standard" road and painted it RLM 02 with a very glossy finish

A bit of historical background: this is Me 163 A V4 KE+SW. On October 2nd 1941 Heini Dittmar flew 1003, 67 km/h (=Mach 0,84 according to the instructions) being the first man flying faster than 1000 km/h
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About the Author

About Steffen Arndt (alpha_tango)

I was born in 1974 and started modelling in the 80ies. The first models I remember are a MiG 21 F-13, Saab Draken (both 1/100) and the Tu-2 (72) all from the east German producer Plastikart. during my first years I built all kind of models mainly 1/72 and 1/100. Beside the mentioned Plasticart kits ...


Hello Peter Thank you very much! I already posted some info in another thread: Need for speed Teaser For my German site I have to censor the swastika thus I sent Jean-Luc the pix .. which he wanted to use for some kind of German special .. If you have more questions please ask! all the best Steffen
OCT 01, 2008 - 09:43 PM
Looks good, Steffen. I have the production version in my stash. I think I will go for the overall red scheme. Thanks for sharing
OCT 01, 2008 - 11:37 PM
Hi Steffen, Sorry about that. But the Siebel and Do 217 features weren't ready and I didn't wanted to make you wait any longer... Jean-Luc P.S. Will you be at the Merschweiler show on sunday...
OCT 02, 2008 - 12:44 AM
Hi Jean-Luc o.k, thanks for clearing that up. Thank you also for preparing the feature and posting it! Maybe you could add the text I wrote in my initial posting (please!) Yes I will drive to Merchweiler on sunday. @Jesper: Many thanks mate. I plan to do Späte's machine too .. one day. all the best Steffen
OCT 02, 2008 - 01:56 AM
Hi Steffen, Sorry about that. But the Siebel and Do 217 features weren't ready and I didn't wanted to make you wait any longer... Jean-Luc P.S. Will you be at the Merschweiler show on sunday... [/quote] Sorry Jean-Luc I've been having camera trouble. I will have it to you shortly Anyway back on topic, another lovely model Steffen. It's a shame you have to censor the pics on your own website. Seems a bit silly to me but we are not the law after all Howard
OCT 02, 2008 - 04:14 AM
Hi Steffen, You see, it wasn't my fault! Howard, no problem, I'll do the feature as soon as I get the photos. Fine, I'm looking forward to see you. Will you bring some of your models? You could put your Bf 110 on our table for example . Tell me if there are models of mine you want to see. I plan to show the following: - Hurricane with truck on Mark58 dispersal. - La-7 with fuel truck and car. - Ki-45 with fuel truck and Kurogane (diorama). - Siebel Si 204 - LaGG-3 I will try to finish the Tamiya Zeros as well but I'm not sure I'm gonna make it until sunday. Jean-Luc
OCT 02, 2008 - 10:30 PM
Hi Jean-Luc well, i just wanted to come as visitor .. but If you insist I will put one or another model in the trunc .. I have only here what is finished in the last few weeks (110, 190, 163, f6F, F4F, AB-41) .. I need to redo the F6F canopy ..but I am shying away. Yesterday I got my HT Models booklet for the Avia so I will be back on it soon .. the Nick is curing in the box (the glue has soften the plastic pretty much and needs some time to cure .. also put some Mr. Surfacer on too so there will be nothing new .... I could also bring some boxes ..if you want to decide what to buy next cheers Steffen P.S. I am glad you bring your Nick dio as you did not make a feature after the Replic was published ... hint hint
OCT 02, 2008 - 10:47 PM
Hi Steffen, I said some models, not the whole collection! Jokes aside, it will be the perfect occasion to put them on display on Mark58 bases. Last year there were some interesting vendors at the show. I hope it will be the same this year. One book shop was fantastic and I remember having seen all the quickboost range of detail parts. I forgot to add the Storch + Greif diorama in my list... Jean-Luc
OCT 03, 2008 - 07:14 AM
Hi Jean-Luc well, maybe I will bring the Bf110 then ... and the Hellcat if I manage to push myself to redo the hood .... the whole collection is a whole lot larger .. I have counted them but I forgot ... IIRC 60+ I have already placed an order with Volkhard Waltermann of Aero Spezial. I think Heinz Nickel of vdm will also be there (they are based at Zweibrücken) .. .and then we will see how long the money lasts .. I wanted to buy one or two bases too (depending on remaining funds) cheers Steffen
OCT 03, 2008 - 07:40 AM
Hi Steffen, Take as many as you want and don't forget the Me 163... I've just edited the photo feature to include the text. Jean-Luc
OCT 03, 2008 - 10:21 AM