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Readers’ Gallery: Chris’ 1/48 Testors Me-163


Agape forum member Chris (WWIIAirFanatic) shared his completed work on this very colorful Me-163. Looks great Chris!

Well this build was a lot like the Komet itself. Off with a blast, pulling hard up to 30,000 feet, screaming around for a short time…and then running out of juice (motivation). Next thing you know you’re gliding back to earth, dodging fighters (distractions) on the way down and praying that you remember how to stick the landing without blowing yourself up. It was a quick and dangerous (problematic) mission but it’s finished, I survived, and I’ll be back to fight another day (next project). 😛

This is a 1/48 Testors Classic kit. It was originally produced by Hawk. It’s a cheap kit ($7-$10) but it definitely falls in the “you get what you pay for” category. I painted it in red, just as the ground crew of Major Wolfgang Spate did, to resemble the Fokker triplane of Manfred von Richthofen. This particular plane, belonging to Eprobungskommando (Operational Test Detachment) 16, was flown from Bad Zwischenahn on the very first operational Komet mission in May of 1944.

I have another one of these in the stash but it’s a Dragon 1/48 kit with lots of parts, lots of detail (and PE!), but for now I’m burned out (pun intended) on the Me-163 Komet.