Heinkel He 162A-2
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||Tamiya Kit No.61097 - Heinkel He
|Contents and Media:
||113 parts in grey plastic; 4 parts
in clear; poly caps; metal nose weight; markings for
available online from Squadron
||Very well detailed; classic Tamiya surface
detail (recessed panel lines on "metal" components, none on wings and
other "wooden" areas), includes enough parts to build the kit plus a
separately displayed engine or an interchangeable open and closed engine
||Panel line detail might be a little
heavy for some tastes; ejector pin marks will be visible inside gear
doors, cockpit sidewalls and engine cowls
Reviewed by Brett Green
Tamiya's 1/48 scale Heinkel He 162A-2 is available online
Tamiya was written off as dead by many aircraft
modellers during 2005 but they have risen, Lazarus-like, with an all-new
release in 2006.
Tamiya's 1/48 scale Heinkel He 162A-2 comprises
113 parts in grey plastic; 4 parts in clear; poly caps; metal nose
weight and markings for four aircraft.
The parts are beautifully moulded in classic
Tamiya style. Panel lines are crisply recessed on the fuselage and on
control surface hinge lines. These may be a little heavy for some
tastes, but Tamiya has correctly avoided panel detail on the wooden
surfaces of the airframe. There are no moulding flaws on my sample, but
ejector pin circles are visible in a number of areas that will be on
display when the model is finished (albeit not on prominent
display) such as the interior of the gear doors, the fuselage sidewalls
and inside the engine cowls.
The cockpit and wheel wells are nicely detailed
while enjoying a small parts count.
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Engineering of the kit is geared towards ease of
assembly, and includes some welcome aids to the modeller including a
metal nose weight behind the cockpit and a central wing spar installed
between the fuselage halves. This spar also mounts the engine via two
Tamiya supplies a simple but quite effective BMW 003
turbojet engine. This may be displayed inside the open engine nacelle on
the aircraft, or separately on an engine dolly. A third option is also
possible, although it is not specifically mentioned in the instructions.
Enough parts are supplied to build both an open engine nacelle and
a closed engine nacelle, each complete with engine cowls. As the engine
nacelle is mounted using poly caps, the open and closed nacelles can be
swapped out after construction depending on whether you want to display
the engine or not.
If you do choose to display the engine, a little extra
effort in the form of electrical cabling with fine wire will be well
worth the effort.
The main undercarriage doors are moulded shut on a
single lower fuselage centre section that will have to be sliced into
three separate parts. This is not difficult surgery by any means, but it
is peculiarly uncharacteristic for a Tamiya kit.
Canopy parts are perfectly clear. The opening section is
moulded separately so that the canopy can be displayed open. The
windscreen is moulded to a section of fuselage to reduce the chances of
smudging that nice shiny windscreen.
Tamiya includes markings for four Volksjagers. Decals
are typical Tamiya fare - well printed and in perfect register. Tamiya
decal film often looks thick on the backing sheet but always settles
down nicely for me after a coat of Micro Set and Micro Sol..
Instructions are supplied on a single sheet folded into
five, with construction described in images and text over 14 steps. Four
pages of history plus a sheet of 1/48 scale camouflage illustrations are
The choice of a 1/48 scale Heinkel He 162A-2 was a little surprising
as the Dragon / Trimaster Volksjager is still a very respectable kit.
Even so, Tamiya undoubtedly brings its best attributes to this little
aeroplane - clever engineering, great detail and ease of construction.
I have not touched on the issue of accuracy here. There are certainly
differences in some key shapes when compared to the Trimaster/Dragon
kit, but I am not well enough equipped to suggest which might be
correct. Scale drawings alone are not sufficient to make a judgement.
Tamiya has released another attractive, appealing kit that will be
easy to build and will find its way onto many modellers workbenches
Review kit purchased with HyperScale funds
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Last updated 13 June, 2006
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