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Tamiya 1/48 Messerschmitt Me262A-2a with Kettenkraftrad


Tamiya 1/48 Messerschmitt Me262A-2a with Kettenkraftrad

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The Me262 A-2a was the fighter/bomber version of the Me262. When Allied bombing raids on the German homeland were rapidly intensifying, the Luftwaffe proposed the hastened deployment of the revolutionary Me262 A-1a jet fighter/interceptor. However, Hitler issued strict contrary orders prioritizing the deployment of the A-2a fighter/bomber version of the Me262. In June 1944, deployment of the A-2a fighter/bomber began. The A-2a was equipped with only two 30mm MK108 guns (compared to the A-1a's four guns) but had an extra fuel tank in the rear part of its fuselage and could carry up to a 1-ton payload of bombs. The Me262 A-2a would see active service up till the end of World War II. 

  • Cockpit and 30mm cannons are accurately detailed. Canopy and cannon covers can be assembled opened or closed.
  • Two types of bomb racks are available. Two 250-pound bombs and two take-off assistance booster rockets are included.
  • Front landing gear bay has is made of die-cast aluminum and is weighted for balance.
  • Kit features 1/48 scale Kettenkraftrad towing vehicle.
  • 3 pilot and ground crew figures included.
  • Kit features decals for 3 different aircraft.

The German Army produced a unique half-track motorcycle deployed to the front lines and known as the NSU Kettenkraftrad. Originally intended to be used by airborne units, this vehicle went into production on a massive scale and was used for a variety of functions such as providing a power source, as well as for transportation, communications, and towing. One of the Kettenkraftrad's highlight features was its three forward gears and one reverse gear, which each had high/low gears, permitting the half-track to take on rugged terrain. Due to fuel shortages at the end of the war, the Me262 was restricted from self-propelled ground movement when positioning for take-off. As such, the Kettenkraftrad and other ground vehicles were used to pull the Me262 to the runway.

 

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