The world's first operational jet, the Me 262 was a German aircraft that, while revolutionary, arrived too late and in too few numbers to change the outcome of World War II. The Allies were also able to counter the Me 262's effectiveness by attacking it on the ground and during takeoffs and landings. After the war, however, the fighter was taken by American and Soviet engineers and examined, helping each country develop more reliable jet technology.
Replicating one of two Me 262B-1s from May 1945, this 1/32 scale plastic kit features a choice of lowered flaps, detailed Jumo 004 engines, moveable ailerons and rudder, radar antennae, machine guns, a well-equipped cockpit (with side consoles), two auxiliary fuel tanks, and authentic markings. Assembly required. 222 pieces. Skill level 3. Measures approximately 13¼" long with a 15½" wingspan.