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Messerschmitt Me 262
My latest and last addition to the series of top-10 WWII favorite aircrafts: Messerschmitt Me 262.
About this creation

The Me 262 is, in terms of Lego building, probably the biggest challenge I have come across so far. The shark-shaped fuselage streamlining, is totally against LEGO's properties.
Models of the Me 262 are relatively rare, which is probably due to the level of difficulty. Most suffer from being badly proportioned, or too boxy in shape. And in my opinion there are only a few really good models to find on the Internet.
Dieterr89
An excellent model in scale 1:70, I think. Despite the small size it really well designed and very easy to recognize. A model that deserves great recognition.
LegoUli
A fine model, built to minifig scale, with the disadvantages it brings. Such as a cockpit that does not look like the real one. Another thing Im not happy about are the engines, which are using non Lego parts in a non LDD legal design.
Ben Fellowes
Another great model, but unfortunately only an LDD model. Much has been done to recreate the engines with internal turbine parts, but the nacelles, made from hinge plates, are not very rigid.
My own Me 262 is like my other aircraft models in 1:40 scale. Cheese slopes have been the key brick in this model, because of its ability to form an angle of 30 or 60 degrees depending on the builddirection. An ability I have made use of in the design of the complicated shape of the fuselage. The internal structure of the model is quite similar to my other aircraft models built on a core with studs pointing up and down, left and right. Achieving the correct leading edge angle of the mainwing was quite easy. 3x6 wedgeplates fits perfectly. For the trailing edges I have used hinges to setup the correct angle. The whole wing stucture and the rest of the plane is LDD legal. The typical color scheme for the Me 262 with spotted camouflage on top of the fuselage was not immediately to realize, so I chose a black / dark green camouflage I've seen used on other models. The underside is white but probably should have been gray. The only part Im not completely satisfied with, are the engine inlets/outlets. I wish I could have made the inside shape more rounded. Few parts are painted: Wedgeplates 1x3 are not available in dark green. The skeleton arms holding the nosewheel are painted silver.

History

Design work on the Me 262, the world`s first operational jet fighter, began in September 1939, a month after the successful flight of the world`s first jet aircraft, the Heinkel He 178. However, because of delays in the development of satisfactory engines, plus the massive damage caused by Allied air attacks and Hitler`s later obsession with using the aircraft as a bomber rather than a fighter, six years elapsed between the 262 taking shape on Messerschmitt`s drawing board and its entry into Luftwaffe service.



The lack of jet engines meant that the prototype Me 262V-1 flew on 18 April 1941 under the power of a Jumo 210G piston engine; it was not until 18 July 1942 that the Me 262V-3 made a flight under turbojet power. December 1943 saw the first flight of the Me 262V-8, the first of the type to carry a full armament of four 30mm (1.18in) MK 108 cannon.



By the end of 1944, 730 Me 262s had been completed and a further 564 were build in the early months of 1945, making a total of 1294 aircraft. The Me 262 initially went into production as a pure fighter, entering service with a trial unit known as Erprobungskommando 262 (EK262) at Lechfeld, near Augsburg, in August 1944. It was originally commanded by Captain Tierfelder, who was killed when his aircraft crashed in flames during one of the unit`s first operational missions.



Tierfelder`s successor was Major Walter Nowotny, who, at the age of 23, was one of the Luftwaffe`s topfighter pilots with a score of 258 kills, 255 of them achieved on the Eastern Front.
By the end of October the Kommando Nowotny, as the unit had come to be known, had reached full operational status and was deployed to the airfields of Achmer and Hesepe near Osnabruck, astride the main US daylight bomber approach route.



A shortage of adequately trained pilots and technical problems meant that the Kommando Nowotny was usually able to fly only three of four sorties a day against enemy formations, yet in November the 262s destroyed 22 aircraft. By the end of the month, however, the unit had only 13 serviceable aircraft out of an established total of 30, a rate of attrition that was accounted for mainly accidents,rather than enemy action. The Me 262 presented a serious threat to Allied air superiority during the closing weeks of 1944.



Two versions were now being developed in parallel: the Me 262A-2a Sturmvogel (Stormbird) bomber variant and the Me 262A-1a fighter. The Sturmvogel was issued to Kampfgeswader 51 Edelweiss in September 1944; other bomber units that armed with the type at a later date were KG 6, 27 and 54.



Problems encoutered during operational training delayed the aircraft`s combat debut, but in the autumn of 1944 the 262s began to appear in growing numbers, carrying low-level attacks on Allied targets, mainly moving columns. There were also two reconnaissance versions, the Me 262A-1a/U3 and Me 262A-5a.



Several variants of the Me 262 were proposed, including the radar-equipped Me 262B-1a/u1 two-seat night-fighter, which saw brief operational service from March 1945.



Specifications for Me 262A-1a interceptor:
Powerplant: two 900kg (1984lb) thrust Junkers Jumo 109-004B turbojet engines.
Performance: max speed 870km/h (541mph); range 1050km (652miles); service ceiling 11.450m (37.565ft)
Dimensions: wingspan 12,51m (41ft); length 10,60m (34ft 9in); height 3,83m (12ft 6in)
Weight: 7130kg (15.720lb) loaded
Armament: four 30mm (1.18in) cannon in nose; 24 R4M unguided air-to-air missiles on underwing racks
Source: The encyclopedia of aircraft



Edit 23-09-2014:



It was not many hours from I uploaded my model until it was discovered by the elves at TLCB. And it's always cool with additional recognition.



Comments

 I made it 
  May 29, 2015
Quoting Marc "Edge" R.unde Yes, this is deinitely one of my favourite WWII aircrafts, too. Great work from you all over! Those colours totally rock and the landing gear is sweeeet! ~Cheers
Thank you Marc, really apreciate your comment!
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  May 29, 2015
Yes, this is deinitely one of my favourite WWII aircrafts, too. Great work from you all over! Those colours totally rock and the landing gear is sweeeet! ~Cheers
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  March 3, 2015
Quoting Lo var Lachland My favorite WW2 Fighter, The ME-262 was a recognizable aircraft all over the world. Amazing job on the world's 1st Successful jet fighter.
Thank you!
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  March 3, 2015
My favorite WW2 Fighter, The ME-262 was a recognizable aircraft all over the world. Amazing job on the world's 1st Successful jet fighter.
  January 17, 2015
awesome 262.
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  January 8, 2015
Quoting Jeremy McCreary Excellent in every respect -- especially the sculpting. I also enjoyed the write-up.
Thanks for the praise. I am pleased when people also appreciate the related text, after all it`s not a waste of time.
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  January 8, 2015
Excellent in every respect -- especially the sculpting. I also enjoyed the write-up.
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  December 22, 2014
great job!:D
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  December 22, 2014
Quoting Oran Cruzen Great work of Lego creationism! You have a way with making the brick do more than I would think was imagined in the beginning.
Thank you for your very nice compliment.
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  December 21, 2014
Great work of Lego creationism! You have a way with making the brick do more than I would think was imagined in the beginning.
 I made it 
  November 24, 2014
Quoting Bill Ding YESSSSS! Finally, you made one, and it is a true masterpiece. It looks better than some plastic models of the plane :) You should add on that big nose gun fitted to some Me-262s!
Thank you Bill, I have no plans of adding a BK 5 cannon. For the moment I`m collecting bricks for other builds.
 I like it 
  November 23, 2014
YESSSSS! Finally, you made one, and it is a true masterpiece. It looks better than some plastic models of the plane :) You should add on that big nose gun fitted to some Me-262s!
 I like it 
  November 15, 2014
Oh my! Henrik, I'm speechless! These aircraft are absolutely stunning! I thank you for your tip on larger res photos and taking the time to comment on my work. You are definitely one of my favorites. Well done Sir.
 I made it 
  November 15, 2014
Quoting Tirrell Brown Excellent construction. I like the playability.
Thank you for your comment! Playability was never a goal with this model, but actually it`s quite sturdy, so you could easyly swoosh it around.
 I made it 
  November 15, 2014
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe A very excellent construction! I dont htink you can get it much smoother with pixelation. -So now to think of a way to get there, using smooth, curved bricks! ;-) Also it is very pleasnt to see the forms so precisely reproduced.
Thank you Henrik! Maybe someday in my next life I will rebuild it using only curved slopes :-)
 I like it 
  November 14, 2014
Excellent construction. I like the playability.
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  November 14, 2014
A very excellent construction! I dont htink you can get it much smoother with pixelation. -So now to think of a way to get there, using smooth, curved bricks! ;-) Also it is very pleasnt to see the forms so precisely reproduced.
 I made it 
  November 6, 2014
Quoting Sebastian Szych This is an amazing creation! I like that you included so many details and you shaped this in a such breathtaking way. I love this perfect use of elements and these colours of course :)
It seems as if you like this Me 262 very much, this is your second comment on this one, and thank you so much. And do come back any time you like.
 I like it 
  November 6, 2014
This is an amazing creation! I like that you included so many details and you shaped this in a such breathtaking way. I love this perfect use of elements and these colours of course :)
 I made it 
  November 3, 2014
Quoting Jerry Temple Huh? I didn't comment on your 262 before?! Well, then I must do so now! This is a simply excellent "Schwalbe", the best Lego rendition out there. Shame it does not fit minifigs, and I can't find the cannon anywhere...
Thank you Jerry! As you may have noticed , none of my aircraft models can hold a Minifig, because it spoils the possebilities for shaping the cockpit accurately. The 4 30mm guns are hidden in the nose section.
 I like it 
  November 3, 2014
Huh? I didn't comment on your 262 before?! Well, then I must do so now! This is a simply excellent "Schwalbe", the best Lego rendition out there. Shame it does not fit minifigs, and I can't find the cannon anywhere...
 I made it 
  November 3, 2014
Quoting Sebastian Szych Wow...it looks amazing. Great work!:)
You have just made this one my most popular model, thank you!
 I like it 
  November 2, 2014
Wow...it looks amazing. Great work!:)
 I made it 
  October 13, 2014
Quoting David Whitaker This is a very nice creation, it looks very realistic, here is your well-deserved 100th like, keep up the good work! 10/10 :)
Wow this is fantastic! My second MOC to reach the 100 Like Milestone. Thank you David, you made my day!
 I like it 
  October 13, 2014
This is a very nice creation, it looks very realistic, here is your well-deserved 100th like, keep up the good work! 10/10 :)
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  October 3, 2014
Quoting Ben Fellowes Love the engine design, you've capture the profile shape just right. I'm guessing the lower cheese wedges are glued on?
Thank you for your nice comment. As I have written in the text, everything is LDD legal, nothing is glued. The engines are built on a core of 1x1 bricks with studs on 4 sides , covered with slopes 45 2x1 with 2/3 cutout.
 I like it 
  October 3, 2014
Love the engine design, you've capture the profile shape just right. I'm guessing the lower cheese wedges are glued on?
 I made it 
  October 3, 2014
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Beautiful work! Great proportions and you've captured the shape just right. Nicely done.
Thank you Kurt. Im really proud of this one, it`s becoming one of my most popular models. Btw. you can find me on Flickr now, if you want to see the Pictures in a higher resolution. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127999654@N08/
 I like it 
  October 3, 2014
Beautiful work! Great proportions and you've captured the shape just right. Nicely done.
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  October 2, 2014
That is a lot of cheese slope bricks! I love this model because it is intensely detailed. Great photography as well, great job.
 I made it 
  October 1, 2014
Quoting Ace in a day This is such a great plane! Everything looks great, I especially like the nose gear. excellent work!
Quoting Navy Person Amazing Work Henrik! Simply stunning!
Thank you both its great to have you comments.
 I like it 
  September 30, 2014
Amazing Work Henrik! Simply stunning!
 I like it 
  September 30, 2014
This is such a great plane! Everything looks great, I especially like the nose gear. excellent work!
 I made it 
  September 29, 2014
Quoting Green helmet spanish AFOL Wow!!! It is really a very good moc. Have you considered any change in order to house a minifig inside? I know it wont be so realistic but...it would look so nice... Congratulations!
Thank you for your comment! None of my model are built to house a Minifig. Not that I dont like Minifigs but Scale-modelling is not compatible with the disproportionate Minifigs.
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  September 29, 2014
Quoting albert rdz EXCELENTE TRABAJO EN ESPERA DE LOS DIVERSOS ESQUEMAS CAMO
Gracias!
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  September 29, 2014
Quoting Nick White Fantastic!
Thank you Nick.
 I like it 
  September 28, 2014
Wow!!! It is really a very good moc. Have you considered any change in order to house a minifig inside? I know it wont be so realistic but...it would look so nice... Congratulations!
 I like it 
  September 27, 2014
EXCELENTE TRABAJO EN ESPERA DE LOS DIVERSOS ESQUEMAS CAMO
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  September 27, 2014
Fantastic!
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  September 26, 2014
Quoting jim mcdonough great plane,great shape,truly excellent work as always,now thats another one i need to rebuild LOL,only thing the nose maybe too flat and i would have thought yellow would be more suited,also the air intake on the jet engines,obviously limited to lego pieces,overall shape is great,dark green really sets it off,what you gonna come up with next ??
Thanks Jim, because of the way the nose has been designed, it was not possible to obtain it more pointed. I've seen color schemes where the aircraft has a yellow tip of the nose, but my 4x2 triple wedge would be too dominant in yellow. As for the air intakes, I am not totally satisfied, but I have yet to find a design that meets both the inner and outer shape. Whats next ? One proposed an F-86 Sabre, you have previously suggested OS2U Kingfisher. And I look in The encyclopedia of Aircraft for inspiration, but I havent decided yet.
 I like it 
  September 26, 2014
great plane,great shape,truly excellent work as always,now thats another one i need to rebuild LOL,only thing the nose maybe too flat and i would have thought yellow would be more suited,also the air intake on the jet engines,obviously limited to lego pieces,overall shape is great,dark green really sets it off,what you gonna come up with next ??
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  September 25, 2014
very nicely sculpted, the added info was a great addition!
 I made it 
  September 24, 2014
Quoting Rolling bricks Excellent build!
Thank you.
 I made it 
  September 24, 2014
Quoting Kenji ! I love your planes! Do you have instructions? Speaking of planes, I recently went to an air show!
Thank you Kenji, I only share the LDD-files for my CREATOR alternates. Airshows are great, particularly when there are WWII fighters in the air.
 I like it 
  September 24, 2014
Excellent build!
 I like it 
  September 24, 2014
I love your planes! Do you have instructions? Speaking of planes, I recently went to an air show!
 I made it 
  September 23, 2014
Quoting arwenromel hanna Really did a great job .... and I liked very much adequate information with the plan well done mate
Thank you! I think the Historie of such a plane is quite important, and by breaking the text into smaller chunks between the Pictures, makes it easyer to digest.
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  September 23, 2014
Quoting sinan bitiik it looks great..
Thank you Sinan.
Henrik Jensen
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Matt Bace
  September 22, 2014
Absolutely superb! Probably the best '262 I've ever seen, at least at this scale. The shaping, which is somewhat difficult to get right for this aircraft, is spot on, and I really like the camouflage.
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  September 22, 2014
Really did a great job .... and I liked very much adequate information with the plan well done mate
 I like it 
  September 22, 2014
it looks great..
 I made it 
  September 22, 2014
I would like to thank all of you who didnt comment, but still took the time to watch and rate my model.
 I made it 
  September 22, 2014
Quoting Sam the first Simply gorgeous.
Thank you Sam, for the nice Words.
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  September 22, 2014
Quoting Marc dZ The shape of this "schwalbe" was particularly hard to catch and you still did it! Superb!!
Thank you Marc.
 I made it 
  September 22, 2014
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Some of your best work, instantly recognisable. I've always loved this aircraft, it has a beautiful shape which you recreated brilliantly in square Lego bricks. Fantastic sculpting, this is a wonderful build!
Thank you Starsceam, its a pleasure to have your comment.
 I made it 
  September 22, 2014
Quoting Matt Bace Absolutely superb! Probably the best '262 I've ever seen, at least at this scale. The shaping, which is somewhat difficult to get right for this aircraft, is spot on, and I really like the camouflage.
Thank you Matt, I know you really like miniature builds, it sounds like you have checked out Dieterr89 brilliant mini Me 262, but im delighted that you like mine too.
 I made it 
  September 22, 2014
Quoting 2LegoOrNot2Lego Ingmar Spijkhoven Again excellent build. I am not familiar with planes, but the wheel in the front is nicely done!!! I suppose it is called the nose wheel, but I am not sure... :-)
Thank you Ingmar, getting the landing gear to look right is a vital part of the model, and yes it is called the nose wheel, sitting there in the ... nose... :-)
 I made it 
  September 22, 2014
Quoting Jimmie Martinez 10/10 An amazing build. I love it . You have real talent for aircraft design and builds. Loved every detail. 10/10
Thank you for your comment. It was not an easy build, but I think my persistence in continually trying to improve the shape, has paid off.
 I made it 
  September 22, 2014
Quoting Stephan N This is the best ME 262 I've ever seen. Hats off
Im really glad you think so, thank you.
 I made it 
  September 22, 2014
Quoting Sam Sanister Magnificent Schwalbe!
Thank you Sam.
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  September 22, 2014
Simply gorgeous.
 I like it 
  September 22, 2014
The shape of this "schwalbe" was particularly hard to catch and you still did it! Superb!!
 I like it 
  September 22, 2014
Some of your best work, instantly recognisable. I've always loved this aircraft, it has a beautiful shape which you recreated brilliantly in square Lego bricks. Fantastic sculpting, this is a wonderful build!
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  September 22, 2014
Again excellent build. I am not familiar with planes, but the wheel in the front is nicely done!!! I suppose it is called the nose wheel, but I am not sure... :-)
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  September 22, 2014
10/10 An amazing build. I love it . You have real talent for aircraft design and builds. Loved every detail. 10/10
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  September 22, 2014
This is the best ME 262 I've ever seen. Hats off
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  September 21, 2014
Magnificent Schwalbe!
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  September 21, 2014
Quoting Steffen Rau Great work on the shape!
Thank you Steffen, for your kind comment.
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  September 21, 2014
Quoting Centurion Cone Perfect!
Quoting Chris Maxter awesome
Thank you both.
 I made it 
  September 21, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee The Shark! You nailed the shaping and proportions. I've seen the one at the Air and Space Museum in D.C. several times and find it's lines more Art than utility. Such an elegant design, quite literally ahead of its time. Stunning!
Quoting P. Voranc Yup, the best lego Me-262 I've seen, wonderful job and nice color scheme!
Thanks to both of you. Yes, the Me 262 is really a piece of design art that was its time trailblazer. @Matt; you are lucky to have seen a genuine 262
 I made it 
  September 21, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster This 262 is incredible. The camo is killer and I just saw it on "The Lego Car Blog", congrats!.
Thank you Doc, Im quite pleased with the way the camo came out, and seeing it on TLCB is just great.
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  September 21, 2014
Great work on the shape!
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  September 21, 2014
Quoting Gabor Pauler Nice proportions and perfect nose landing gear. Congratulations!
Thank you Gabor, Im glad you like it, although there are not many technic functions to discuss:-)
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  September 21, 2014
Quoting Michael K. Wow, perfect!
Thank you Michael.
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  September 21, 2014
Quoting Locutus 666 Very well made. The shape matches 100% the original. Awesome job!
Quoting Tanner Compton Amazing! You did a wonderful job creating the original shape!
Quoting Clayton Marchetti Stunningly beautiful! The fuselage is perfectly shaped and I love how you made the engines. Excellent build and congratulations on being blogged in the lego car blog!
Thank you all for your nice comments. The shape is crucial in achieving a successful model.
 I made it 
  September 21, 2014
Quoting Mariner 1000 Fantastic job!
Thank you.
 I made it 
  September 21, 2014
Quoting David Roberts Great work capturing the round engine nacelles and the curves of the fuselage. I wonder if the reason why there aren't many 262 MOCs around is because of this technical challenge? I saw this on the Lego Car Blog today!
Thank you David. I tried some different nacelle-designs, before I quite late in the construction phase, settled for the one shown. And as I have written in the text, Im still not completely satisfied with inlet-shape. but at some point you have to take a decission and move on. Thanks for the tip on TLCB.
 I made it 
  September 21, 2014
Quoting Peter Szabo Hi Henrik! Great work what an awesome plane! You did a great job with the additional infos too.
Quoting Yann (XY EZ) Utterly magnificent! I absolutelly love it! Well done! 5/5
Thank you both, I think the history is a part of the build, but it is easy to skip if you only want to see the Pictures.
 I made it 
  September 21, 2014
Quoting MCLegoboy ! Absolutely beautiful shaping. The way you got all those curves is awesome. A standout MOC from the others that are on the homepage right now.
Thanks for the comment. To achieve this Shark-like shape, it took some trial and error to adjust the shape in increments of a half a plates thickness, but in the end all went up into a higher unity.
 I made it 
  September 21, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett Perfectly realised model of this important aircraft - nice work!
Quoting Elk Guard Superb, love the brick built camo!
Quoting jack kenyon This should be hailed as a masterpiece.
Thank you all for your very kind comments. Reading your comments makes me really proud of this model. Superlatives like: "perfectly realised", "superb" and "masterpiece" is truly sweet music to the ears.
 I like it 
  September 21, 2014
awesome
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  September 21, 2014
Perfect!
 I like it 
  September 21, 2014
Yup, the best lego Me-262 I've seen, wonderful job and nice color scheme!
 I like it 
  September 21, 2014
The Shark! You nailed the shaping and proportions. I've seen the one at the Air and Space Museum in D.C. several times and find it's lines more Art than utility. Such an elegant design, quite literally ahead of its time. Stunning!
 I like it 
  September 21, 2014
This 262 is incredible. The camo is killer and I just saw it on "The Lego Car Blog", congrats!.
 I like it 
  September 21, 2014
Nice proportions and perfect nose landing gear. Congratulations!
 I like it 
  September 21, 2014
Wow, perfect!
 I like it 
  September 21, 2014
Stunningly beautiful! The fuselage is perfectly shaped and I love how you made the engines. Excellent build and congratulations on being blogged in the lego car blog!
 I like it 
  September 21, 2014
Amazing! You did a wonderful job creating the original shape!
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  September 21, 2014
Very well made. The shape matches 100% the original. Awesome job!
 I like it 
  September 21, 2014
Fantastic job!
 I like it 
  September 21, 2014
Great work capturing the round engine nacelles and the curves of the fuselage. I wonder if the reason why there aren't many 262 MOCs around is because of this technical challenge? I saw this on the Lego Car Blog today!
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  September 21, 2014
Utterly magnificent! I absolutelly love it! Well done! 5/5
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  September 21, 2014
Hi Henrik! Great work what an awesome plane! You did a great job with the additional infos too.
 I like it 
  September 21, 2014
Absolutely beautiful shaping. The way you got all those curves is awesome. A standout MOC from the others that are on the homepage right now.
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  September 21, 2014
This should be hailed as a masterpiece.
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  September 21, 2014
Superb, love the brick built camo!
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  September 21, 2014
Perfectly realised model of this important aircraft - nice work!
 
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