Heinkel He 162
by John Trueblood
When the 1/48th scale Trimaster kits were introduced in the late 1980's they created a modeling sensation. Many previously unavailable Luftwaffe subjects were now at hand. The kits were well researched, accurate, beautifully molded and contained both photo-etched and white metal detail parts.
Since the kit was easy to build and paint (82 over 76), I spent most of my building time adding additional detail. Armed with extensive photos, (yes I'm the guy you've seen lying on his back and pointing his camera up into the wheel wells) I went to work.
I added fuse wire plumbing and wiring to the main wheel bay and cockpit. Trimaster supplied a nice rendition of the BMW 109-003 E-1 engine and photo-etch piano-hinges for the engine cowlings so they could be shown open. As is normal with these sorts of assemblies the first hinge went together in about 2 minutes and the second hinge required about 2 hours.
After overcoming the hinge challenge I added all sorts of fiddly bits to the engine. Since the He 162 was one of the first aircraft to be fitted with an ejection seat I detailed it with belts, buckles and the rear wiring harness.
After looking at a number of war-time photos I chose to apply the RLM 82 somewhat haphazardly to the top surfaces and kept the weathering to a minimum. The timber hardstand is a resin product from "Just Plane Stuff", painted with oils and detailed with RR scenery products.
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