The rivets on the Me262 seems to be the can of worms that come up every time the models of the 262 is discussed.
I would like to drop my 2 cents on the subject.
The 262 is one of my favorite subjects and i have quite a bit of reference material on it.
My gut feeling so far :
There was no doubt a lot of putty put on the 262 before paint, but it did not cover all the rivets.
The more pics i study the more i get the feeling putty was primarily used on the panel joints and secondarily on leading edge rivets (both wings and fuselage).
Also there is a wide range of the quality of the putty work.
Please remember the desperate conditions of the production facilities in the closing days of the war in Europe.
Parts for the 262 was produced at a myriad of subcontractors by unskilled labor (forced labor/slaves).
Final assembly took place under far from ideal locations . Sometimes final assembly line was concealed in the forest under open sky.
Despite the strict specifications of the RLM the final products varied very much in the terms of quality and surface finish.
Have fun modelling. If you like rivets please add some to the 262 especially on the rear fuselage and rear of the wings. :-)
Operational Me262 A-1a W.Nr 110926 of III./EJG 2 . Lechfeld 1945