Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1a/U4  1/72  1992 Issue

Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1a/U4 1/72 1992 Issue

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Limited issue injection molded kit. Very nicely detailed with all recessed panel lines and many photoetched parts on two brass frets.

. On January 10, 1945, Hitler held a conference during which the staff discussed ways that the Luftwaffe could restore a degree of air superiority. During this discussion, Hitler suggested to Goering that the 50mm cannon be installed in a '262 so that it could open fire at longer ranges with more telling results. Two different cannon were examined; the Mauser Mk214A was chosen over the Rheinmetall Borsig BK5 and was installed in Me-262 W.Nr. 111899. The aircraft made the first flight in February of 1945. The pilot, Herget, flew the craft in practice against ground target then actually flew to operational missions against a US bomber formation. On both occasions the gun jammed. A second aircraft was built, but it likely did not fly before the end of the war. American forces captured this second aircraft (named 'Wilma Jeanne and then 'Happy Hunter II') but it crashed while being flown to France. The decals furnished are for that second prototype.