As typical from Hobby
Decal, every single item is readable using a magnifying glass, and like the
other sets previously reviewed, some of them are provided in more than one
version (depending on the aircraft finish), but most are not, so take your
time during the application. Except for the warning circles on both sides
of the engines (#24) and the walk-on red lines, all items are relatively
small, and wonīt pose problems during the application.
I included a reduced version
of the manuals below to allow a better appreciation the amount of work put on this set.
The picture below shows a zoom of some
items belonging to this sheet. Pay attention to items 1-4, the ammunition
loading instructions for the nose cannons.They are different for each one
of the cannons, and Hobby Decal didnīt missed it, so read the instructions.
The figures below show a comparison of some items from this sheet against
a restored aircraft. Since you have two options in some cases, check the
references about your specific warbird.
Compared the sheet with some pictures
of Me-262 in museums around the world, it seems that main fuel the yellow
triangle in general contain the number 87, instead of A3. However, the A3 code means 80 octane fuel (light
blue colour). This fuel's triangle label is found near the intake and refers
to the marking for the Reidel starter motor. This marking has been observed
in some cases to read "B4 mit 5% Schmierstoff" (B4 with 5% lubricant), obviously
reflecting the substitution of one fuel for another due to shortages. One
marking per engine, left filler point. Since the B4 fuel was the 87 octane
fuel (dark blue colour), and this was the main engine jet fuel, it may explain
the confusion, but Iīm not convinced yet, as they should go only on
fuselage tanks. I think Hobby Decal should check this for version 1.1.
A bit of
the fuel/oil triangles are again offered with the option of applying them
complete or the white background triangle first, and then the yellow one
on top of it. The last option should be used in case you donīt agree
with eventual out of register problems. I didnīt find photos showing
them without the white outline.
Some other interesting items are those
dotted lines applied at the end of all horizontal control surfaces. I donīt
read German to say what it means (I guess is a spot to ground crews install
locking devices), but dry-transfers are a much better idea here, as decals
will always struggle with the corresponding recesses and cut-offs.
Another nice touch are the dotted lines
around the nose (just ahead the landing gear door) and the other on the bottom
of the rear fuselage area. The former is printed slightly curved, to make
it conform with the bottom nose curvature. The later is straight, as the
bottom of the rear fuselage was almost flat in the Me-262. Well done.
This is an
example of potential areas for using Dry transfers.
Remember, you can apply
dry transfers directly over flat paints/clear coats, and they wonīt
detract from the final appearance of the model, as they are flat too. They
also conform to the surface details without need of setting solutions. Avoid
hot thinners applied over them, however, because they may melt the transfers.
As a last resource, you can apply them over a clear decal sheet and use them
are an ordinary decal. Another thing: take care when cutting each transfer
off the sheet, to avoid scratching of the printed side against knife/scissors
Hobby Decal line of dry
transfers are not cheap products when compared to water slide decals: you
pay about the price of a large decal sheet for something that will cover
much less area, one may wonder. But these sets are taking care of those tiny
stencils in an unbeatable way. For the records, this set is also produced
in 1/48 scale.
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of Hobby Decal.
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