Me 262 (oz10505)


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Me 262. Radio control scale model German WWII jet fighter. Uses a single tractor prop engine.

Quote: "Me262. The easy way to a twin engined jet model! Build Mike Booth's semi-scale design for 35 - 40 engines and four function radio.

AS A RELATIVE NEWCOMER to RC flying, I wanted to get established as quickly as possible so I took what must be the almost classical approach - Forget the trainer, let's get started on the model Spitfire! Luckily, someone talked me into hanging the Cambria Spitfire on the wall when I had finished it and buying a trainer. How right they were.

Once onto the Spit however, the bug bit me deep and hard and there followed a succession of WWII fighters; Thunderbolt. Spitfire etc until one day last year I thought it was time to show the other side of the coin. I was reading a book one day and came across the ME 262 with a detailed account of its flight performance. It occured to me then that I had never seen the prototype modelled (although someone must have built it before) and after reading the political circumstances in which the aircraft developed. I was inspired so I went to the drawing board.

If you have built a couple of fighters, this model is by no means difficult to build and follows traditional methods closely.

Fuselage. Start by building the 1/4 in crutch assembly over the plan, leaving the front from F3 forward open, as it is impossible to get the engine bulkhead in position. Mark where F1, 2 & 3 are to go, including their relative cross braces - these are epoxied in place to put initial strength into the structure. They are then cut away in the middle, later.

Before glueing front formers, cut and laminate the rest with light 1/8 in sheet and 0.4 mm Miralite ply. The easiest way to make these is to cut the blanks too big, glue the three laminations together and draw on the correct shape and centre, cut out with band or fret saw. It's worth saying that these formers must be accurate as I have drawn the fuselage as scale as possible to retain that rather unique shape.

Glue the formers F7 - F3 to the crutch, starting at the back and working forward. When these are dry, epoxy the bulkhead in with the engine mount in the desired position. When set, wet the outside of the crutch forward of F2 and pull into Fl. This is tricky as there is a fair bit of tension in this assembly so make sure the thrust line stays true. Leave the assembly held with bands and/or G cramps.

Stage 2. Cut the rear dorsal and spine from 1/8 in sheet and slot into top and bottom of formers, then do the same to the front, laying the broad stringers flat..."

Me 262, R/C Scale Aircraft, Autumn 1986.

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Article pages, thanks to RFJ.


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