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  1. There are 4 model kits on my table, 3x Dragon/Testors and one from Tamiya in 1:48 scale. There is a lot of literature as a source, but be careful, who copied from whom, who copied from whom - it is impossible to find out. The fact is, only one drawing is correct and also matches the very good model from Tamiya. This new construction item will take longer, there are many things to discuss and show in order to conjure up a true-to-original model. So - patience, things are moving forward. A single Dragon component is the benchmark for this construction report. Since I can't throw old models in the trash, it's better to figure out how to fix the Dragon models. I have decided to build all four He-162 kits and give them unusual liveries and markings - without resorting to "what if". I can recommend the following titles as useful sources: Engl./Czech, with many picture (SW/ Color)
  2. I must have left the top off the glue...a second GB entry. Frog_He_219_Uhu_Box_art by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr I think I bought this from a second hand kit trader at Flying Legends in Duxford one Summer. Originally freed from the attic for the Interceptors GB here in 2020, I never got beyond some priming some of the parts.. Frog_He_219_Uhu_contents_1 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr And adding some plastic card bits to the cockpit.. Frog_He_219_Uhu_cockpit_1 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Here's the rest of it. Frog_He_219_Uhu_contents_2 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Let's see how this goes! Thanks for looking good luck with your builds. Cheers, Dermot
  3. My3dbase has released 1/48th and 1/72nd Heinkel Lerche III 3D printed kits Source: https://www.my3dbase.com/shop/Heinkel-Lerche-III-model-kit-p555773502 V.P.
  4. He.111H-8 Paravane (48267) 1:488 ICM via H G Hannants Ltd Creation of the He.111 was initially shrouded in secrecy, disguised as a civilian transport in the mid-30s, but once Nazi Germany came out of the closet and disregarded the Versailles agreement, it immediately became clear that they were rearming in a major way. The early civilian and military variants had a more traditional stepped canopy, and there is a famous piece of film that is used and reused in documentaries showing a D or "Dora" variant dropping bombs during the Spanish Civil War as part of the Condor Legion, which was Hitler's proving ground for his new designs and Blitzkreig tactics. Various revisions followed until the P, which introduced the now-iconic stepless fully glazed cockpit, which improved both aerodynamics and the pilot's situational awareness. The P series saw limited action in WWII as it was replaced by the more competent H variant, substituting Junkers Jumo 211 engines, detuned to give it the throbbing beat that was to be heard over Britain almost until the end of the war. The H-3 had an improved version of the engine and increased numbers of machine guns for self-defence. As is often the case with wartime development, the end of the Battle of Britain saw the introduction of the H-4 with better engines and external bomb racks. The H-8 also had improvements in design, usually created from rebuilt H-3s or H-5s. The Jumo 211 A-3 engine gave it increased performance, and the internal bomb bay was removed to make way for additional fuel carriage that helped to either extend its range or the ability to carry a heavier load under the fuselage or wings. The fitting of the paravane balloon cutting equipment took some of this range away, but this was countered during low-level raids by the reduced likelihood of being downed by barrage balloons. The paravane equipment didn’t stay in service long however, as low-level raids still suffered heavy casualties from ground-fire and night fighters. The Kit This is an adaptation of the (relatively) newly-tooled range of 111s from ICM which we reviewed recently, adding the components for the Paravane equipment to their existing tooling, different from their similarly equipped Ju.88 Paravane that we reviewed recently here. ICM have improved the quality of their products substantially over recent years, and this extends to all their products that we have seen during this time. The kit arrives in a top-opening box with a captive lid on the lower tray, and inside are eleven sprues in medium grey styrene, two in crystal clear styrene, a line-drawn instruction booklet in spot colour, and a decal sheet that can be found ensconced within the booklet, protected by a sheet of grease-proof paper. On opening the bags, it is very apparent that this is a thoroughly modern tooling, with lots of lovely details, crisp moulding, and some very clever engineering on display. This version includes the Paravane parts, as you might expect. Construction starts with the two wing spar parts, which are separated by the gear bay roof assemblies and a walkway part. Additional detail is added to the bulkheads along with the fuselage walkways and a smaller bulkhead toward the tail, with the lower portion of the mid-upper "turret" ring attached to the floor. The cockpit floor is then assembled with rudder pedals, instrument panels with decals, seat and control linkages, slotting into the front spar once finished. An additional seat and the overhead instrument panel with decal are installed later in the build. As a prelude to closing the fuselage, the tail wheel is fitted together, which has the wheel separate and consists of five parts. Preparation of the fuselage halves involves adding the inserts into the wing roots and making good the join; inserting the paired side windows; adding ammo can racks; sideways pointing machine guns; radio panel; the pilot's control column, and more glazing in the ventral gondola. The spar/cockpit assembly is then slotted into the starboard fuselage half and the port side is added along with some glue and the extra seat mentioned earlier. For this boxing, there are two choices for the rearmost tip of the fuselage, one of which involve cutting the moulded-in section from the rest of it after closure. The alternative it split horizontally into two halves, has a small clear tail-light added, and a remote-controlled rear machine gun barrel fixed into a trough above it. The rudder is separate and fits to the fin with actuators, then the missing fuselage panels between the spars are added, which of course will need painting and fettling in if you're bothered about the "endoscope brigade". The mid-upper insert is designed to cater for different gun installations, and has a crisp serrated ring moulded-in, with controls, gun ring and bracing struts added inside and outside before it is installed into the fuselage opening, closing off much of the rear fuselage. There is no bomb bay interior to this kit, but the side walls are included and add a little structural strength to the assembly before being closed in by the insert that has two raised bomb crutches directly where the bay doors would have been. At this point the wings are begun, with the first diagrams showing where the holes for the Paravane parts should be drilled, with arrowed lines giving the measurements from datum points that will assist you, starting with the lower wings, with the uppers done later before they are applied. With that done, the lower wing surfaces are added to the fuselage/spar assembly first. The ailerons are separate, and are built up before the uppers are added, as are the elevators, and the two engines, which are provided in their entirety, along with much of the ancillary equipment and engine mounts. The completed Jumo 211s are fitted to the front of the spars and depending on whether you want to display them or not, and then enclosed by cowling panels, radiators and the intake/outlet ramps. The bottom cowlings can be split to reveal the engine detail, which is a good way of showing off the detail without ruining the lines of the aircraft. The upper wings and ailerons are fitted, the remaining cowling panels with the exhausts are added, with the latter having a decent indent at the tip to simulate being hollow, and finally the nose glazing, which has a machine-gun and the aforementioned overhead instrument panel, which is moulded in clear styrene and is provided with a decal for the instruments and an upward firing machine gun with flexible dump bag for spent rounds. The nose "cone" is a separate clear part, and it too is fitted with a machine gun with a choice of single or twin drum mags and dump bag for the spent brass. Another two MGs are fitted to the front and rear glazing on the gondola, and the mid-upper gun is added to the turret ring, along with the protective clear shroud at the front. A different nose cone is provided if using the heavier armament and a different underside blister noses is included. A choice of parts for the front glazing of the gondola and a choice of open or closed upper turret is also included. The main wheels are each built up from two halves, and placed between the twin legs that have the main retraction jacks moulded in, and secured with cross-braces between the two legs. An additional ram is fitted within the bay, attached to the rear cross-brace, and the gear bay doors fit to the bay sides with large tabs. The props are made up from a single part with two-part spinner and back plate, which fit onto the engine's output shaft through the vented front of the cowlings. As the bomb load was stored externally for this variant, they must be made up before fitting, starting with the two halves that have two fins moulded-in, the other two fins on a single part that slots in from behind perpendicular to the joint. Additional stabilising cross-braces are fixed in small depressions at the rear tips of the fins, then they are mounted on the underside with the addition of a pair of sway-braces inserted into lateral grooves in the raised portions. You can opt to install smaller bombs on the model, and these build up identically to the larger 1,000kg units. The paravane parts are last to be added, assuming you didn’t forget to drill the holes for them earlier. There are four wing-mounted supports for the cutting blade and a larger central support under the nose, each wing A-frame attaching above and below the wing. All five supporting the two symmetrical blade sections that meet up in the centre and insert into recesses in the leading edges of the wingtips. This and the other delicate parts are best left off until main painting is complete, but that’s for you to decide. Markings There are three markings options in this boxing, all of which are early war green splinter on top over blue grey undersides for the first two options, and black for the third. From the box you can build one of the following: Unknown Unit, 1941 IV./KG27 ‘Boelcke’, France, 1941 9./KG55 ‘Greif’, France, spring 1941 The decals are up to ICM's usual standard and although they're not marked by any manufacturer name, they have good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion Another impressive Heinkel He.111 from ICM with plenty of detail from the box, crystal clear parts and good quality decals. If you want a different-looking ‘einkel, then this will be right up your alley. Highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Confirmed as new tool with ref.48261. Release expected for Q3 2017 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM48261 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Not mentioned in the 2016 catalogue (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234995418-icm-catalog-2016-programme/), dixit scalemodels.ru ICM is to release in 2017 a new tool 1/48th Heinkel He.111H-3 kit - ref.48261 Source: http://scalemodels.ru/news/10678-anons-ICM-1-48-He-111H3.html A new family of 1/48th He.111 in view? Would make sense after the 1/48th Do.17/Do.215 & Ju-88 ICM kits but wait and see. Scalemodel.ru info also show a box art... Dubious as it's the Revell 1/32nd He.111H-6 one! V.P.
  6. Roden is to release a 1/144th Heinkel He.111H-6 kit - ref. 341 Source: http://www.roden.eu/HTML/framemodels.htm V.P.
  7. He.219 Uhu Interior 3D Decal (QD48229 for Tamiya) 1:48 Quinta Studios When Quinta’s innovative products first came to our attention, they caused quite a stir, as well they should. The replacement Instrument Panels and internal details are mind-boggling to look at, because we’re used to seeing simplified styrene instrument panels, or Photo-Etch Brass panels with either two layers of etch, or laminated parts that can be tricky to glue together, even though they are pre-painted for your ease. But decals? These aren’t your run-of-the-mill decals though, they’re 3D printed in many layers and colours on a flat carrier film, having as much in the way of elevation as is needed to complete a realistic panel printed in the correct colours, complete with shiny dial faces and metallic-effect hardware, and often including cushions and seat belts in the set. Each set arrives in a ziplok bag with a folded instruction booklet protecting the decals, which are also separately bagged, so they should reach you in good condition. The pictorial instructions are printed on glossy paper, and are shown in full colour as befits the awesomeness of the sets, showing exactly where each part should go on the actual model, so there’s no confusion due to the “pictures speak a thousand words” maxim. Additional hints and instructions are also included, marking out parts needing bases, kit parts that are used or replaced and other useful tips. The technical instructions in the text-based, giving additional tips to the new user about maximising adhesion and preventing lift at the edges by wicking in super glue. Although you are advised to use Super Glue (CA) to attach the decals to the surface permanently, preparation is much the same as your standard decal, but you will need to remove any raised detail that would be underneath the location depicted in the instructions, and some new parts will need small backing panels or bases on which to apply the decal. A slim piece of sheet styrene would perform that task, and painting the edges a matching colour should minimise its appearance or turn it completely invisible. This set is patterned for the ageing Tamiya kit of this wasp-like aircraft, which while it is getting on in years, doesn’t seem like it will be superseded any time soon, as it is still a great kit – a testament to Tamiya’s tool-making capabilities. The set comprises two sheets of decals, containing an extensive instrument panel of four parts, one circular dial needing a base that could be made from a short piece of styrene rod; rudder pedal straps; headrest and lap belts for the rear crewman; a set of four-point seatbelts and headrest for the pilot’s convenience and safety; a mass of sections of the radio ‘wall’ that takes fourteen decals in total, and as with some of the other parts, needs the kit detail sanding off; detailed side consoles, and similarly busy side walls to the cockpit. Awesome stuff. Conclusion The detail on the parts is incredible, even down to the infinitesimal switches, glossy dials and impressive crispness of the set. This cockpit really needs a crystal-clear or opened canopy to show off the details. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. RS Models has just re-released its 1/72nd Heinkel He-112B kit (link) - ref. 92263 - Heinkel He-112B - Spanish AF Sources: https://www.rsmodels.cz/en/p/378/92263-heinkel-112b-spain https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/RSMI92263 - ref. 92265 - Heinkel He-112B - Romanian AF & Luftwaffe Sources: https://www.rsmodels.cz/en/p/380/92265-heinkel-112-b-luftwaffe https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/RSMI92265 VP.
  9. The Revell kit is pretty nice with decent detail and fit. I wanted something a bit different so I went with a French post war machine. The colour used was Gunze bluegray number 42 straight from the bottle with some light weathering achieved by pigments. I believe this machine was used for engine testing. Fin flash was masked and painted with decals coming from a mirage kit.
  10. Heinkel He 100D-1 (He 113 "Propaganda Jager") 1:32 Special Hobby (32009) Following the selection by the RLM of the Bf 109 to be Germany's main fighter Ernst Heinkel was determined to prove his company could build a faster fighter. Designated He 100 the new aircraft would be a new design and not developed form the loosing He 112. In order to reduce drag the new aircraft would have a faired cockpit, no struts and instead of conventional radiators it was to use an evaporative cooling system. While the prototypes were fast it was felt the cooling system was unreliable and engine choice was limited by lack of DB 601 engines which were all being used by Bf 109 production. In the end only 3 pre production and 12 production aircraft were built. 3 Aircraft were purchased by he Japanese and 5 by the Soviets. The remained were used by the Germans in a propaganda film where they were given the He 113 designation, which is where a lot of the published still come from. As no aircraft remain and little records survived the war not a great deal about the aircraft is known. While the official reasons for the non production are given it is suspected politics played a large part in the then faster design being rejected by the RLM, in the end we will never really know. The Kit This is a rebox of the 2008 kit from Special Hobby. This is not a massively detailed kit as there is little information about the actual aircraft. Its on the shorter run end of injection moulding, the kit features fine engraved details throughout. As well as the plastic parts there is a small PE sheet and a pair of resin exhausts. Construction starts in the cockpit (where else) With the instrument panel being built up (instruments are provided as decals), the coming and gunsight are next, followed by the seat. The seat fits onto a rear frame and the head armour is added. A full set of OPE belts are provided. The seat frame fits into the left fuselage half as well as a couple of controls. Into the Right fuselage half more controls are fitted along with the cockpit floor to which the rudder pedals also need adding. The fuselage can the be closed up not forgetting to add in the instrument panel, coaming, and at the rear the well for the tail wheel. Now the fuselage is complete we can move onto the wings. The main wheel well must be first assembled and added onto the single part lower wing. The left/right uppers can then be installed. The completed wing can be added to the fuselage, and at the rear the tailplanes can be added. The main wheels, their struts and gear doors can then be added. Behind the main a small radiator is added. To finish off the tail wheel assembly is added along with the canopy, propeller and resin exhausts. Decals Three options for fictitious Squadrons are provided on the decal sheet, all in RLM 70/71/65 colours, these look to have been made in house, they look to be in register with no issues.: Net photo of the He113s Conclusion This is a good looking kit of an aircraft I must admit to never having heard of, but all of a sudden I want to build. With some care this will build up into a good looking model. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. HI all and joining with this oldie, picked up at Duxford one year during the Flying Legends show.. Frog He_219_Box by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Here she is in all her blue plastic loveliness Frog He_219_contents by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr For any who don't know about this aircraft, you can find out more here Plan is to build OOB but a little added detail in the cockpit Good luck with your builds! All the best, Dermot
  12. For my first ever group build entry I am going to attempt the Heller Heinkel He 112 B0/B1 (kit reference 240). According to Scalemates this was the original 1979 boxing. Note the swastika blacked over by hand. Earlier this year I bought a set of Spanish Civil War decals (Xtradecal set X72274). The primary reason at the time was for an Ju87A that I acquired but had Japanese markings in the box. Once this group build was on the horizon I looked at my small Heller stash and the He112 built as the V9 (B series prototype) and flown in 1938 by Hauptmann Harro Harder in Spain seemed like a good option. The parts are almost completely flash free and have no obvious sink marks that I have found yet. Overall the level of detail is impressive for the time. Options exist for different noses. I shall be using the one on the right. More great detail. Note the interior cockpit sculpting. A fly in the ointment. The aircraft I am modelling had no antenna but I don't know any way of filling the hole in the canopy. I like the instructions and the paint suggestions. They speak of a different time. My next post will be a short history of this particular aircraft.
  13. I now have both the Revell (ex Hasegawa) and Airfix He111H-6. I plan to use the Airfix Decals and make one as a Torpedo Bomber and the other as the 'Desert camouflage' option, so I've got a few questions before I think about starting them. 1) Was there any external differences between a regular He111H-6 and the one in Desert camou? As I can't see any tropical filters or anything in the Airfix instructions. 2) The Airfix kits tells you to only use 1 big bomb but there's two racks - Did the Desert Camou one ever use two large bombs or just the one like Airfix says? 3) Defensive armament. The Revell kit has a MG FF cannon in the nose, the Airfix one just has MG 15's in all positions. Did the torpedo bombers and Desert Camou ones ever have the MG FF cannon fitted? thanks Mike
  14. Most sources do agree that Ar 196 floatplanes appeared on Scharnhorst and Gneisenau catapults in late 1939, thus after introducing the Atlantic (or clipper) bow. However it remains unclear which biplanes equipped these two battlecruisers immediately before the Arado monoplanes. There are several pictures showing various floatplanes on Gneisenau deck, including the He 60, He 114 and Fw 62. But these are mostly prototypes and the photos are from 1938 (still with original bow). Are there any pictures (or written documents) known of the floatplanes used as the regular (i.e. belonging to the military unit) equipment in 1939? Some sources say that they were He 60s, while others mention He 114s there. So where's the true? Cheers Michael
  15. My take on the Airfix Heinkel He-111 H6, lovely kit - goes together well, except the side windows seemed oversize and the fit was very tight.. Out of the box with the exception of an Eduard Mask and QuickBoost German gun barrels. Few mistakes along the way, mainly forgetting to paint the insides of the side windows and some glue stains on the canopy. The top gun canopy has now been corrected as it's reversed in the images.
  16. Good afternoon all! It's taken me since Christmas and has been a bit of a cursed build (see below) but here is my first ever He 111: This an aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 55 'Greif' and fought in the Battle of Britain and is actually part of the Airfix BoB 75th Anniversary pack. Built out of the box but with the eduard interior pack and masks for the canopy. I refrained from adding rivets on this one but tried out some new techniques which some I'll use again, some I won't. Pastel weathering for exhaust fumes was a new one for me as I usually airbrush these on. This worked well on the top of the wings, particularly where I laid down white, then grey then finally black pastels to create a heat damaged paint surface and then the usual soot from the engine. This didn't work so well underneath as the lichtblau showed every mistake and worse still, the matt coat started coming away where I tried repeatedly to get the effect I wanted. I ended up correcting with oils as the pastels simply wouldn't stick and I wasn't going to matt coat it again but this now looks overdone for me. Another new technique was stretched sprue for the antenna wire which i'm not completely sold on as it's a little thick for 1/72 and saggy; I may replace at some point but that's it for now. So why has this been a cursed build? The canopy out of the box was warped but good 'ol Airfix sent me a replacement very quickly. The eagle eyed of you will notice I've sprayed more of the canopy on the top two panels than I should have... this is to cover up fogging caused by Tamiya green top. Not that I'm blaming this but lesson learned, PVA glue from now on. Throughout building I had multiple incidents from needing milliput to fill gaps, a split fuselage which needed re-gluing and refilling, poor fitting fuselage windows which aren't the clearest meaning a lot of the interior extras can't be seen very well. I've also lost part of the rudder mechanism and the rudder itself is sitting a little low which I only noticed once I'd started painting. I didn't follow the instructions properly on the tail flaps which meant I had to perform quite a bit of surgery on them to get them looking ok. Here's some of the WIP and more pictures. Hope you enjoy! JB Finally, here she is with the rest of the BoB set:
  17. Heinkel He 111 H-6 (03863) 1:48 Revell The He.111 was originated in secrecy, disguised as a civilian transport in the mid-30s, but once Nazi Germany came out of the closet and disregarded the Versailles agreement, it immediately became clear that they were rearming in a major way. The early civilian and military variants had a more traditional stepped canopy, and there is a famous piece of film that is used and reused in documentaries showing a D or "Dora" variant dropping bombs during the Spanish Civil War as part of the Condor Legion, which was Hitler's proving ground for his new designs and Blitzkreig tactics. Various revisions followed until the P, which introduced the now-iconic stepless fully glazed cockpit, which improved both aerodynamics and the pilot's situational awareness. The P series saw limited action in WWII as it was replaced by the more competent H variant, substituting Junkers Jumo 211 engines, detuned to give it the throbbing beat that was to be heard over Britain almost until the end of the war. The H-3 had an improved version of the engine and increased numbers of machine guns for self-defence. As is often the case with wartime development, the end of the Battle of Britain saw the introduction of the H-4 with better engines and external bomb racks. The H-6 had improvements in design. The Jumo 211 F-1 engine gave it increased. Defensive armament was upgraded with one 20 mm MG FF cannon in the nose, one MG 15 in the ventral turret, and in each of the fuselage side windows, some carried tail-mounted MG 17s. The performance of the H-6 was also improved; he climb rate was higher and the machine could reach a slightly higher ceiling. Overall weight of the H-6 increased to 14,000 kg (30,600 lb). The Kit This is a reboxing of the excellect ICM kit, ICM have raised their game substantially over the recent years and Revell are tapping into this with their homemarket distribution system. The kit arrives in their lidded top-opened with a glossy card lid and painting to top it off, with 11 sprues in medium, grey styrene, and two in crystal clear styrene, an instruction booklet in line-drawn colour, and a long decal sheet that can be found ensconced within the booklet. On opening the bags, it is very apparent that this is a modern tooling, with lots of lovely details, crisp moulding, and some very clever engineering on display. This version also includes torpedoes which the variant could use. Construction starts with the two wing spar parts, which are separated by the gear bay roof assemblies and a walkway part. Additional detail is added to the bulkheads along with the fuselage walkways and a smaller bulkhead toward the tail, with the lower portion of the mid-upper "turret" ring attached to the floor. The cockpit floor is then assembled with rudder pedals, instrument panels, seat and control linkages, slotting into the front spar once finished. An additional chair and the overhead instrument panel are installed later in the build. As a prelude to closing up the fuselage, the tail wheel is fitted together, which has the wheel moulded-in, and consists of three parts. Preparation of the fuselage halves involves adding the inserts into the wing roots and making good the join; inserting the paired side windows; adding ammo can racks; radio panel; the pilot's control column, and more glazing in the ventral gondola. The spar/cockpit assembly is then fitted to the starboard fuselage half and the port side is added along with some glue. The rudder is separate and fits to the fin with actuators, then the missing fuselage panels between the spars are added, which of course will need painting and fettling in if you're bothered about the "endoscope brigade". If you are intending to fit the tail armament option then the tail cone will need to be sawn off and the new one added. The mid-upper insert is designed to cater for different "turret" installations, and has a lovely serrated ring moulded-in, with controls and bracing strut added before it is installed into the fuselage opening, closing off much of the rear fuselage. You can pose the bomb bay open or closed by selecting one of the two panels, one of which has opening for the bomb bay, where the bombs are suspended tail-first in a framework that is peppered with lightening holes so that the included bombs are visible within. With the bomb bay finished, it is inserted into the fuselage from below, filling yet another gap in the skin. Even if you are leaving the bays closed, the bomb bay can be seen from the side windows, so it's best to build that assembly and install it anyway to prevent that section from being see-through from the sides. Racks for either bombs or torpedoes are added to the underside. The bombs themselves are built up from two halves that have two fins moulded-in, and a single part that fits on the tail forming the other two fins in a cruciform layout. To these are added stiffening brackets, with two bombs in total to make externally or two torpedoes. These are two part main bodies with main propeller and a 6 part tail to be made up and added. At this point the wings are begun, with the lower sides added to the fuselage/spar assembly first. The ailerons are separate, and are built up before the uppers are added, as are the elevators, and the two engines, which are provided in their entirety, along with much of the ancillary equipment and engine mounts. The completed Jumo 211s are fitted to the front of the spars and depending on whether you want to display them or not, and then enclosed by cowling panels, radiators and the intake/outlet ramps. The bottom cowlings can be split to reveal the engine detail, which is a good way of showing off the detail without ruining the lines of the aircraft. The upper wings and ailerons are fitted, the remaining cowling panels with the exhausts are added, with the latter having a decent indent at the tip to simulate being hollow, and finally the nose glazing, which has a machinegun and the aforementioned overhead instrument panel, which is moulded in clear styrene and is provided with a decal for the instruments. The nose "cone" is a separate clear part, and it too is fitted with a machine gun with a choice of single or twin drum mags and dump bag for the spent brass. Another two MGs are fitted to the front and rear glazing on the gondola, and the mid-upper gun is added to the turret ring, along with the protective clear shroud at the front. A different nose cone is provided if using the heavier armament and a different underside blister noses is included. A new clear rear blister nose is also included in the new box. A new open or closed top blister is also included. The main wheels are each built up from two halves, and placed between the twin legs that have the main retraction jacks moulded in, and secured with a number of cross-braces between the two legs. An additional ram is fitted within the bay, attached to the rear cross-brace. The gear bay doors fit to the bay sides with large tabs, as do the bomb bay doors if you are using them, and these last parts have the correctly separated four "petals" that are seen on the real thing, rather than a single panel. The props are made up from a single part with two part spinner and back plate, which fit onto the engine's output shaft through the vented front of the cowlings. Markings There are tow decal options included in the box, one of which share the same RLM70/71 splinter pattern over RLM65, and the other is in the ETO scheme as per the box top. From the box you can build one of the following: 1H+MM, 4./KG 26 Sicily Aug 1941 G!+EH, 1./KG 55, Russia, Aug 1941 Decals are designed by AirDOC and printed in Italy. These can easily be cut off before they are applied however, so it's not an issue. No swastikas are provided so the modeller will have to source these. Conclusion The He.111 is a truly iconic shape, and we're long overdue a new tooling of the type in this scale. This is a great kit for Revell to have in their inventory. Very highly recommended. Revell model kits are also available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  18. Bat Project has a 1/72nd Heinkel He.116 kit under development Source: http://bat-project.com.ua/heinkel-he-116-aircraft-photos V.P.
  19. Platz is to release a 1/72nd Heinkel He.219A-7 Uhu kit (manufactured by Dragon) - ref. AE-1 Release expected in July 2016 Sources: http://www.platz-hobby.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=5446&language=en http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/5446.html http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10383511 V.P.
  20. Bat Project is to release 1/72nd Heinkel He.114 kits - ref. 72008 - Heinkel He.114A Sources: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/heinkel-he114a-bat72008-project-bat--bat72008-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=163612 https://hobbyterra.com/product/1-72-model-kit-heinkel-he-114a-bat-project-72008.html - ref. 72009 - Heinkel He.114B Sources: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/heinkel-he114b-bat72009-project-bat--bat72009-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=163613 https://hobbyterra.com/product/1-72-scale-model-kit-heinkel-he-114b-bat-project-72009.html - ref. 72010 - Heinkel He.114C Sources: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/heinkel-he114c-bat72010-project-bat--bat72010-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=163614 https://hobbyterra.com/product/1-72-scale-plastic-model-heinkel-he-114c-bat-project-72010.html V.P.
  21. This will be my contribution to the Ship Killers section of this GB. I have yet to decide on the colourscheme but it will be carrying two torpedoes.
  22. Hallo again This is my He-162. 1/32 Kit is MPM Special with resin. All painting and insignia are as explained in: Happy modelling
  23. Heinkel He.111H-6 Upgrade & Mask Sets 1:48 Eduard - For ICM Kit Promptly after completing a well-loved series of newly tooled Dornier Do.17/215 kits in this scale, ICM have now turned their attention to the Heinkel He.111. Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Nose Interior (49904) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels and side consoles that will be prominent within the greenhouse are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals; seat details; canopy internal structure; additional instruments; gun sights and extra details, and even a bomb sight also supplied. Zoom! Set (FE904) This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Radio Compartment (49905) Two frets are included, one small nickel plated and pre-painted, the other larger one in bare brass. It involves a heavy upgrade to the level of detail within the compartment, adding racks for ammo; stowage boxes; racking; partial bulkheads; a huge range of radio boxes and other equipment; gun sights and ammo embellishments; a framework with instruments around the top gun hatch, and a base for the nearby antenna. Exterior (48957) This set is provided as a large fret of brass, with an additional smaller one. This creates a new internal skin for the box-shaped bays, with additional structural details added throughout. It also extends and details the firewall behind the engine that is seen from within the bay, adds some small parts to the landing gear legs, as well as brake hoses. There are parts for the bombs and their braces. Seatbelts STEEL (FE905) In case you don't already know, these belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. As well as the pilot's four-point crew belts, you also get two sets of lap belts for the other crew, plus a set of webbing for the top gunner's position. Masks (EX598) Supplied on two sheets of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the rather pane-fully faceted canopy (see what I did there?) and other glazed parts, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the main and tail wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort, plus a landing light mask. Review samples courtesy of
  24. He 280 (8068) 1:48 Eduard ProfiPACK Edition Even though the He 178 was the worlds first aircraft to fly under turbojet power alone it was met with a great deal of indifference by the Luftwaffe. Herman Goring did not even attend the first demonstration flight for the authorities. Not to be deterred by this Heinkel decided to press on with jets and developed the He 280. This was to be a twin engined design, this was to feature elliptical shaped wings and a dihedral tail plane with twin fins and rudder. It also introduced a tricycle undercarriage. In another first the aircraft would be equipped with a compressed air powered ejection seat. The first prototype was completed in the summer of 1940. Even though demonstrated to the authorities, their response was still lacklustre. The following two years were frustrated by engine development problems. This lead to the rival BMW003 being selected for the aircraft. Indeed the 2nd prototype was even fitted with Jumo 004 engines. Ultimately in 1943 Erhard Milch who was in charge of Aircraft Production cancelled the project in favour of the Me 262. It was reported the Ernst Heinkel remained bitter about this decision until his death. The Kit Eduard first issued this kit on 1999 and this is now its third re-boxing. This profipack boxing comes with mask and PE in the box. Construction starts in the cockpit area. The base parts for the seat are added along with the control column. Pe replaces the instrument faces on the side consoles. Rudder pedals are added. The main instrument panel is built up from plastic parts, PE and a film. PE seat-belts are added to the seat. The main wings are made up, these are of conventional upper and lower parts for each side. Different slots need opening for different decal options. The main fuselage is made up by adding in the cockpit and nose wheel bay. Bunny pops up to remind us to add nose weight but forgets to say how much! The wings are then added and the tailplane complete with fins and rudders. Next up the engines are added to the wings. Depending on with prototype you want to model these are either Heinkel's 8a's or Jumo 004's. Once these are made up they are added to the wings. Construction then moves onto the main gear. A tow part tyre is added to a simple strut and the retraction arm is added. At the front a two part wheel is added to the main strut and its retraction strut is also added. All gear door can then be added. The canopy can then be added. Either a single part or two part can be added as needed. Masks are supplied for painting the canopy and wheels. Decals Decals are in house from Eduard and should pose no issues. There is a main sheet and a supplemental sheet for the stencils, markings are provided for three examples, the 2nd Prototype, the 3rd Prototype, and the 8th Prototype; all are painted overall RLM02. Conclusion This is a welcome re-release from Eduard in a ProfiPACK box. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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