Me 163 kits and accessories

The Czech Model 1/48 Me 263 is a limited run injection molded kit. It has True Details resin parts for cockpit, wheel wells and wheels, a vacform canopy, and decals for prototype and (fictional) 1./JG400, 2./JG400, III/JG400. The following scans of the box contents and the painting instructions (possibly printed on the back of the box) were found on Ebay

Ron Smith posted a brief report on the newsgroup rec.models.scale. He reports the model is not easy to build. Some notes:

Frank Koval supplied to photo below of his Czech Model kit (courtesey of Jim Starkweather of the Armorama modeling site). Frank reported that he did the mottling with oil paints. He scrubbed the oil paint into an acrylic base-coat with a nearly dry brush. The result was that the oil mottles were somewhat transparent. Frank also reported that the kit really wasn't that difficult to build. The vac-form canopy was too big and needed cutting down. The one-piece resin cockpit/wheel-well assembly was misaligned, and he shifted the nose gear one millimeter. The main gear needed some fiddling to make the plane sit right. Any fit problems of the thick plastic parts were easily solved with a file. Frank entered this model at the 2002 IPMS USA Nationals, where it took 2nd place in the Small Jet category.

Jean-Philippe Fauvarque shows a very nice construction report of his CzechModel kit on his modelling site.

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