Great project, John. It's funny that you're contemplating whether it's worth using the Aires cockpit to upgrade the Trumpeter one. I used parts of the Trumpeter cockpit to upgrade the Hasegawa kit when I built it!
Thanks Kevin! The Trumpeter cockpit is quite good, IMO. Good enough to debate whether or not to use the resin. Since it is integral to the Aires set, I'll probably end up using the resin but I don't think the difference is very noticeable in the pit.
If the undercarriage legs seem too long, it could be that the aircraft Trumpeter used as a reference ( photo's, drawings or museum aircraft ) were devoid of fuel/equipment/ordinance etc, and were therefore at the full extent of the oleo's. A lot of manufactures should offer fully extended or compressed versions of U/C legs. so as to give we, the modelers a choice of posing our model as either "in flight" coming in to land, or "on the ground" fully loaded.
Oh, one other thing, we do Maths here in the UK, Maths is made up of a sum of numbers with an answer the result. A number on it's own is just a number and not Math as how did you get the answer without doing the Maths
All joking aside, I look forward to this build , if only to give me some inspiration to get mine out of the loft/attic.
Thanks Victor! I'll do a bit more research before I start chopping up the landing gear. But it does appear that many 262's had a distinct "squat" to them.
Great start John. Really enjoy your detailed build threads!
Thanks Dan! It will be a while before I can really jump into this one with both feet. Still need to wrap up the 1/48 Hien and I have an overseas trip coming in a few weeks.
I’ll be looking forward to this one John as the rest have also mentioned. Great subject and start so far.
As a relative novice when it comes to resin, I appreciate your insights as to how to go about it.
I can definitely see that there is some improvement with the resin parts.
I have a long way to go before I feel comfortable with resin. The more I work with it, the less fear I have but the irritation factor seems to be increasing.
I am so glad you are documenting your projects with such care. As usual, your attention to the details is top notch. I will definitely have some more to offer you here, having discussed with Thomas 1/32 Jumos in detail from a modeling perspective, but these notes will be shared when you begin work on the engines, I think, to preserve your wonderful flow to the story you are telling. Personally I go back and forth on whether to leave a cover off one engine since the Jumos were so fussy to maintain. Have you considered this option?
All the best,
Hi Bruce! Always a pleasure to hear your comments! I like my aircraft with the canopy shut and all panels and hatches closed. I don't think I'll be changing with the 262 even though it seems like leaving some of the panels open on this kit would be easier than shutting them. Maybe I'll leave the canopy open, if it doesn't affect the look too much.