COBI 5721 – Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a (Speed Build Review)

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With the new edition of the Me 262, COBI has brought a first-class model onto the market. Not only is it larger than its predecessor, it is also more detailed and fully printed.

Manufacturer: COBI
Set-Number: 5721
Theme: Military
Release: 2021
Parts: 390
Figures: 1
Age: 8
Building Time ca.: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
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We do not need any further subdivision for the 390 components and complete the model in 112 construction steps. The instructions come in the usual format. For a better overview, previous construction steps are grayed out.


This model starts with a wing construction. Two layers of plates are covered with tiles. Both the engines and the landing gear are built at this early stage. This can be retracted so far that they can hardly be seen.

The following steps are reserved for the fuselage. The camouflage pattern is realized partly by tiles and partly by prints. The largest prebuilt part that I have seen from COBI to date is also used here. This is the only way to create prints across the sides of several tiles.

After all the parts have been put together, we build the cockpit for the pilot. Of course, he will get the now mandatory breathing mask again. The cockpit glass is too shaky, however. It has hardly any clamping force and falls off when you turn the plane over.

The only thing missing is the stand, which I of course rebuilt. I like the model on the shelf better when the nose points down and you don’t look at the knobs on the plates from below.


Apart from the loose cockpit glass, the model is absolutely great and one of the most beautiful aircraft that COBI has released recently. As usual, the quality is excellent and the optics are first class.

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