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Messerschmitt Me 163B-1a Komet
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Posted: Monday, May 27, 2019 - 03:01 AM UTC
Darren Baker shares with us some images of the Messerschmitt Me 163B-1a Komet on display at the RAF Museum at RAF Cosford.

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Posted: Monday, May 27, 2019 - 04:20 AM UTC
Darren, thanks for posting this. It'll be helpful when I'm building my Meng ME163. I'm wondering about the camouflage on this one though-- and how close this is to the real thing. Do you know anything about the "paint lineage" of this particular ME163? I see what looks like the British marked and repainted A/C in the data plaque, but this current scheme is a definite re-paint-- were there any original photos showing this scheme at the museum?
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Posted: Monday, May 27, 2019 - 04:44 AM UTC
Like most things in museums I would imagine it has had a few paint jobs.
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Posted: Monday, May 27, 2019 - 05:19 AM UTC

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Like most things in museums I would imagine it has had a few paint jobs.



Yes, but that one is rather unusual with the "swirls" in it-- I'm wondering if it's based on an actual paint job.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Monday, May 27, 2019 - 07:44 AM UTC
One of the staff there works with my daughter on the Victor and I have asked her to try and obtain the information from him for you.
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Posted: Monday, May 27, 2019 - 10:29 AM UTC

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One of the staff there works with my daughter on the Victor and I have asked her to try and obtain the information from him for you.



Darren--Thaks much! That's above and beyond! It's just such an unusual scheme-- I'd really like to try and replicate it, if it has a basis in fact.
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Posted: Sunday, June 02, 2019 - 05:55 AM UTC
I have been advised that this colour scheme is based on a factual aircraft and I have requested any further information that can be provided.
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Posted: Sunday, June 02, 2019 - 07:07 AM UTC

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I have been advised that this colour scheme is based on a factual aircraft and I have requested any further information that can be provided.



Thanks much Darren. I can add this scheme to my file on possible schemes for my Meng ME163.
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Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2019 - 10:18 AM UTC
Darren, thanks for posting these excellent images of the Komet. I, too, look forward to the information on the camo paint.
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Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2019 - 02:19 PM UTC
Thanks Darren, for posting this! These are some beautiful (and for the modeler, useful) closeup shots of this remarkable little bird.

I'd use care when replicating the paint job on this aircraft, though. It has been completely repainted by restorers, so using this museum specimen as a historical painting guide would be like using someone's skillfully painted model for reference - definitely attractive and possibly accurate, but still a secondary source.