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Superdetailing a 32nd scale Hasegawa Me262B

This unique example of the first operational jet nightfighter resides in the South African Military Museum in Saxonwold, Johannesburg The colour scheme is very unusual as it is not in the accepted normal nightfighter colours of Grey RLM74/75/76 but in rather is in the late war Greens RLM 81/82.I built this model in 1/32 scale using the Hasegawa collectors series and although the kit had the correct markings supplied for the museum's Me262B, Hasegawa have got all the colour callouts incorrect. Hasegawa prefer you to finish the model in RLM75 wings with a RLM75 mottle on a RLM76 fuselage. As this is totally out of step with the research that Ron Belling had performed on this aircraft and which has been published  (Air International April 1975) it is very surprising that Hasegawa got this wrong .
These so-called "high-grade" kits that Hasegawa have released, range from excellent to expensive. Some of the kits have been a worthy upgrade and detailing of an existing good kit and others have been simple upgrade by adding some white metal and photo-etched details with some minor additional parts onto an older generation kit. This kit represents one of the latter options. Don't get me wrong, the basic kit is fine but for the financial outlay  is hefty for what one gets in the box..
A full walk around detail photographic essay can be found here.

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