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1/48 Aircraft Series no.87
Messerschmitt Me262 A-1a
Item No: 61087

About the Messerschmitt Me262 A-1a
The revolutionary Messerschmitt Me262 was the first jet powered plane to see service. The construction of pre-production aircraft designated Me262 A-0 started in April 1944 but the fighter production version that should have been the first version to be mass-produced was delayed because of Hitler's strict contrary orders prioritizing the deployment of fighter/bomber A-2a version. Then, in November 1944, the Me262 A-1a fighter version was finally put into production. It was equipped with four 30mm cannons in the nose to counter Allied bombers and escorting fighters. Late production planes were equipped with hooks under the nose to mount rocket launchers and with 24 R4M air-to-air rocket under the wings making the Me262 the most feared German fighter by Allied pilots.

About the Model
Tamiya presents the plastic assembly kit of the Messerschmitt Me262 that was used by the Luftwaffe during the closing days of WWII. 1/48 scale. Fuselage length: 221mm, wingspan: 264mm. The unique form of the Me262 with its engine nacelles under each wing has been accurately replicated. The 30mm cannon mounted in the nose and cockpit have been reproduced down to the finest details. Canopy and gun bay access panels can be mounted in either open or closed position. R4M air-to-air rockets with launchers to be mounted under the wings and W.Gr 21 air-to-air rocket-launchers to be assembled under the nose are part of the kit. Nose wheel well comes as a die-cast weight. A pilot figure and decals for 4 different markings are included in the kit.


From the swept wing to the distinctive engine pods, the form of the aircraft is captured with aplomb.

This view of the accurate underside gives an idea of why the aircraft was nicknamed the swallow (Schwalbe).

Quadruple nose 30mm machine guns are depicted in detail. Assemble the model with the hatch open or closed.

A metal nose landing gear bay doubles as a weight, ensuring that the model maintains correct posture.

Choose whether to assemble with the canopy open or closed. The interior has a realistic finish.

This model kit comes with a seated pilot figure included, to add an extra layer of authenticity.

Left: Underwing R4M air-to-air rockets are depicted with accuracy.

Right: The model can be assembled with belly W.Gr21 air-to-air rockets.

Tamiya Color paints for painting the 1/48 Messerschmitt Me262 A-1a

Tamiya Color Spray Paint for Aircraft Tamiya Color Spray Paint for Aircraft Tamiya Color Spray Paint for Aircraft
AS-5 Light blue (Luftwaffe) AS-23 Light green (Luftwaffe) AS-24 Dark green (Luftwaffe)
AS-3 Gray green (Luftwaffe) AS-4 Gray violet (Luftwaffe) AS-12 Bare-metal silver
AS-17 Dark green (IJA) --- ---

Tamiya Color Lacquer Paint Tamiya Color Lacquer Paint Tamiya Color Lacquer Paint
LP-1 Black LP-3 Flat black LP-4 Flat white
LP-5 Semi gloss black LP-11 Silver LP-27 German gray
LP-52 Clear red LP-61 Metallic gray LP-62 Titanium gold
LP-66 Flat flesh LP-75 Buff LP-79 Flat red

Tamiya Color Tamiya Color Tamiya Color
X-1 Black X-10 Gun metal X-11 Chrome silver
X-12 Gold leaf X-18 Semi gloss black X-25 Clear green
X-27 Clear red X-31 Titanium gold XF-1 Flat black
XF-3 Flat yellow XF-7 Flat red XF-10 Flat brown
XF-15 Flat flesh XF-22 RLM grey XF-50 Field blue
XF-55 Deck tan XF-56 Metallic grey XF-57 Buff
XF-63 German grey XF-64 Red brown ---

Useful tools and materials in the construction of your model
Item 74049 Basic Drill Set*
Item 74112 Fine Pin Vise D-R (0.1-3.2mm)
*1.5mm, 2mm drill bits used.

Information is current as of January 28, 2022. Specifications are subject to change without notice.