Battlefront was kind enough to send us one of their new ME 262 A2a Sturmvogel miniatures for a review. Earlier this year, I saw an Osprey book about this plane and I wondered if we would get one for Flames of War -- we did! I was also really excited to get my hands on the newer flight stands and to see what was included in the single plane packs. Let's take a look!
|All the contents of the box.|
This box comes with everything you need to play with the aircraft model. Stand, miniature, decals, magnets and an aircraft die. I really like the chunky stands that Battlefront is producing now - these are much tougher and solid than the previous version. It is also cool that the magnets come with the set now.
|Miscast near the front of the tail section. This was repeated over many sections of the model.|
Unfortunately, a pattern continues -- miscast parts and/or models. While the metal add-on pieces were just fine, the aircraft has some fairly serious ridges on it. It looked like the two-piece mold had shifted and created some ridges due to misalignment. For me, I spent about five minutes shaving, sanding and correcting theses ridges. I had to smooth over sections with my hobby knife and also trim up some flash on the wings and re-add some panel lines to the model.
|Yes, I was making jet engine noises while taking this picture.|
As far as game play is concerned, this is a nice option for the Germans. Because it is a High-speed Jet, it cannot be intercepted by your opponent. Being equipped with both Cannon and Bombs means you have some flexible options to torment your opponents.
|Image courtesy of EasyArmy.com|
- Everything in one box
- At USD$17.50 I think this is a great value for all you get
- Battlefront has an excellent supporting article for this model here
- The new aircraft stand can be used with your old aircraft
- While the decal sheet is included, you have to do some non-obvious trimming of the old JU-87 sheet provided to model your jet up like the pictures. This lead to about two minutes of confusion for me.
- The mis-cast adventures continue
Overall Rating: 7 of 9 Seven of Nines
Jet model provided by Battlefront Miniatures