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Messerschmitt Me 262
& Fw 190D-9

1/72 Scale Detail & Correction Sets

 

High Planes Models
"Wurmcastings" Series

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: W7201 Me 262 A-1a Cockpit and Wheel Well; Price AUD$11.00
W7202 Me 262 B-1a U1 Cockpits and Wheel Well; Price AUD$13.00
W7203 Me 262 Flaps and Slats; Price AUD$11.00
W7205 Me 262 Gun Bay; Price AUD$12.00
W7208 Me262 Engine and Wing Mount: Price AUD$13.00
W7206 Fw 190D Nose Set (Tamiya): Price AUD$11.00

available from High Planes Models' website

Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: See images and text below
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Fabulous detail; high quality casting; genuinely useful additional details and corrections; worthwhile donor kits (Revell 1/72 scale Me 262s and Tamiya Fw 190D-9); sturdy packaging; clear instructions
Disadvantages: Careful cleanup required for some smaller parts (some stout casting blocks and flash)
Recommendation: Recommended to modellers experienced with small resin parts

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


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1/72 Scale Me 262 Detail / Correction Sets

Revell's 1/72 scale Messerschmitt Me 262A single seater and Me 262B two-seater kits are generally very nice, with good outline, crisply engraved panel lines and a low price.

The most surprising problem with these kits is the "boxing in" of the main gear bay. The real aircraft had this area completely open to the lower fuselage. It is especially surprising that Revell went to the trouble of inaccurately covering this area because they have also detailed the outside of the cylindrical cockpit tub.

Some other omissions (for which Revell cannot really be blamed in this small scale) are the lack of gun bay detail; and fixed control surfaces, including the leading edge slats which really should be depicted dropped when the aircraft is on the ground.

High Planes Models has come to the rescue with a brand new series of detail sets and corrections that will transform your Revell 1/72 scale Me 262 from a nice little kit into a superdetailed jewel. The following sets are available:

W7201 Me 262 A-1a Cockpit and Wheel Well

 

W7202 Me 262 B-1a U1 Cockpits & Wheel Well

 

W7203 Me 262 Flaps and Slats

 

W7205 Me 262 Gun Bay

 

W7208 Me 262 Engine and Wing Mount

 

Detail on the parts in all these sets is superb, especially considering their small size. The cockpits are considerably better detailed than their plastic kit counterparts, and the wheel wells are cleverly engineered for simple installation and an authentic "look". These cockpit and wheel well sets should not present a challenge for the average modeller, but care will be required when removing some of the parts from the larger casting blocks. .

Experience working with small resin parts will be helpful for the flaps and slats set in particular.


 

1/72 Scale Fw 190D-9 Nose Improvement Set

High Planes has also released a set that addresses the main problems with Tamiya's 1/72 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 - the nose area:

 

 

New open cowl flaps, and replacements for the anaemic kit spinner and the supercharger intake are included in white resin. The cowl flaps are even detailed on the inside!

 

 

Conclusion

 

All of these sets are produced to a very high standard and will be warmly welcomed by 1/72 scale Luftwaffe modellers.

The Australian dollar is stronger than it used to be against the American Greenback, but the prices remain  very reasonable at between USD$8.00 and USD$10.00 each.

Recommended.

Thanks to Steven from High Planes for the review samples.


The full catalogue of High Planes Models' kits, conversions and accessories may be viewed at High Planes website http://www.corryongcec.net.au/~hiplanes/intropage.htm


Review Text and Images Copyright 2004 by Brett Green
Page Created 10 February, 2004
Last updated 10 February, 2004

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