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Messerschmitt Me 163B

Model by Academy

& Brass Accessories by PART



S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Price: Academy 1673 - Me 163B/S Komet US$7.25
PART S72-121 - Detail Set for Messerschmitt Me 163B Komet US$9.00
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: See Review
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Great plastic kit from Academy with fine recessed detail; options for single seat or two-seat trainer; includes tractor and trolley; PART accessories supply amazing detail; much of the detail is usable and relevant (not brass for brass' sake!)
Disadvantages: Some fiddly assembly of tiny brass pieces; no jet pipe in rear fuselage of kit.
Recommendation: Highly recommended as the road to the ultimate Komet in 1/72


Reviewed by Brett Green


Academy's 1/72 Komet

This recent addition to Academy's growing range of 1/72 scale models is one of the "new generation" Academy kits. It is accurate, beautifully moulded and supplies many useful options.

The Me 163 is supplied on three light-grey coloured sprues plus one clear sprue. 



The plastic is typical of Academy - slightly brittle but with very sharp, fine engraved detail. The only ejector pin mark in a visible place is on a flat section of the tailwheel fairing. This will be very simple to fill. There are no other sinkmarks or moulding imperfections.

18 parts on a dedicated sprue comprise a tractor and trailer for the Komet, making a diorama an instant possibility. 



The remaining 35 grey and five clear parts supply all the components to build either the single seater, rocket powered operational Komet; or the unpowered two seater trainer.

Thankfully, the options are not achieved using inserts and add-ons. Two complete upper fuselages, and two optional cockpits, are provided. This will ensure simple construction and will minimise join lines and cleanup. In addition to the choice of version, other options include positionable slats, landing skid and tailwheel with or without fairing.

There is no jetpipe in the rear fuselage. There is simply a hole opening to a void to the interior of the kit. Some modellers may choose to insert an appropriate diameter brass or styrene tube to avoid this problem.

Detail is as good as one can expect in this small scale. The seats and some of the tractor detail is a little thick, but most of the detail is creditable. The clear parts are free of distortion and reasonably thin (click thumbnail to left to view full-sized).

Instructions are straightforward and well laid out using diagrams in nine numbered steps. The painting diagrams are small but adequate, although there are no model paint references in the RLM colour callouts. Markings are supplied for two operational machines and one trainer. All are attached to JG 400.

This is a very appealing little kit. The addition of the tractor and the skid make it a real gem.



"Part" Detail Set for 1/72 Komet


If you are the sort of modeller with (a) an insatiable desire for the best possible detail and (b) good eyesight, the brass etched detail set offered for this model will be terrific interest to you.

A single brass fret plus a small acetate sheet add a myriad of details to the Komet and the tractor. 

The most useful (and simplest to apply) details include harnesses, brass/acetate instrument panel, cockpit details; and replacement fender/ seat /front panel for the tractor. The chronic detailaholic may also attempt the air brakes, skid bay, skid struts, replacement tail-wheel assembly and individual leaf springs for the tractor!

Don't be daunted by the amount of tiny parts. The detail set is more than worthwhile even if only the major parts are used on the Academy kit.

This is a good value, high quality detail set that addresses the few minor quibbles with the otherwise excellent Academy kit. They will make a great combination!

Highly Recommended Together.

Thanks to Roll Models for the review samples

PART brand brass accessories are available from Roll Models' Website

Review and Images Copyright 2000 by Brett Green
Page Created 21 December, 2000
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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