Oxford Diecast AC061 – 1/72 Scale Me 262A-1a Schwalbe Diecast Model
Oxford Aviation Series
|Length||14.7 cm||5.80 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||17.5 cm||6.90 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic component
- Undercarriage fixed retracted
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a, Luftwaffe – Oxford Diecast AC061
Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe/ Sturmvogel
The Messerschmitt Me 262 is a German twin jet-engined monoplane fighter bomber, the first operational jet fighter. It first flew on April 18, 1941, with a piston engine and July 18, 1942, with jet engines, entering service in 1944. Variants included a fighter nickname Schwalbe (Swallow), light bomber nickname Sturmvogel (Stormbird), reconnaissance and experimental night fighter. Allied attacks on the Me262 airfields, manufacturing plants, combined with a shortage of appropriately skilled personnel and fuel meant that the Me262 had a negligible impact. By wars end, approximately 1,443 airframes had been completed, but it is estimated that only 300 entered combat. Production continued post-war in Czechoslovak as the Avia S-92 (single-seat) and Avia CS-92 (two-seat).
The airframe, constructed of aluminium, has a semi-monocoque fuselage, a single or tandem-seat cockpit depending on the variant, with a low mounted swept-back cantilevered wing, conventional swept tail and a retractable tricycle type undercarriage.
The Me 262 used two Junkers Jumo 004, axial turbojet engine, one under each wing giving the aircraft a maximum speed of 900 km/h (560mph), a range of 1,050 km (650 mi), and a service ceiling of 11,450 m (37,570 ft).
Armament of the Me 262A-1a consisted of four 30 mm MK 108 cannons, mounted internally in the nose. Provision for rockets, bombs or drop tanks under the wings and fuselage.
The Luftwaffe launched Operation Bodenplatte (Baseplate) on January 1, 1945 in an attempt to cripple Allied air forces in the Low Countries. Part of the Battle of the Bulge, the operation had some successes but overall was a failure.