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Me 163B 'Komet', White 13 (re-titled!)

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Hi ladies,

Now the Buchon is complete, I've been asked to build a Komet for Model Airplane International.I have a rake of AM for this too, which I'll selectively use as some is a little crappy or it'll be a choice between good and better. I was going to build this as a Luftwaffe machine but thought two German machines in a row would make some in this hobby think I'm a nazi sympathiser. In that light, I'll build the machine that was captured and test flown by Eric Brown. I had an opportunity to chat with him a few years ago about his Komet flight, so this seems to be a fitting way of remembering the guy. I will use some artistic license though as I believe the machine he flew was unarmed and most certainly won't have carried ammunition, but I will install it just the same.

Basis for this build is the excellent if slightly fiddly Meng kit, with some Eduard, MASTER, and Aires stuff thrown at it. I don't expect this model to take too long as I don't want to be taken away from the F-104 which I will shortly show here on LSM.

Anyway, here we go!


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After some soul-searching, I've decided to go with a Luftwaffe machine, simply because I want to display the model with its engine, guns and ammunition. The British evaluation machine wouldn't allow that, so from now, she'll be painted like this:


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As with most things Aires, some remedial work is needed to make the resin parts fit as they should.

Their resin pit is actually very nice, but is slightly too wide at the front. I assembled this with a few bits of tape and did some sanding with a coarse sanding stick. Only took about 10 mins of work to fix, and here's the result. 



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9 hours ago, Grunhertz said:

Looking nice nate I have an aries pit for the 1/32 fw190 d9 and it scares me slightly about the fit 

If you just sand down the taper at the front so it matches the kit part, the whole unit fits perfectly. I think it's one of their better ones. That taper is only the section you see sanded in that picture, and you're only removing 1mm or less on both sides.

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