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jeewee

he-219 1/72

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hello,

finally some time in the mancave. i started the old dragon he-219 a while back and now its ready for paint. apart from a eduard set in the cockpit this one is straight from the box. with the exception of the lead in the engine nacelles and aft of the cockpit...

i found that when joining the fuselage halves there was a slight mismatch. but that was solved by removing the male joining pins on one side of the fuselage. after that only some putty was required to clean up some seams.

primary paint is on, so now the fun can begin. i need to clean up the scheme with the airbrush and paint the underside. but that can be done in one single session. i made a mask for the camo and sprayed it on.

the colours on the photos look a little reddish, that is a camera thinghy i need to sort out.

thanks for looking,

jw

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I've got one of these to make, how much lead did you have to fit into it to stop tail sitting?

Duncan B

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@duncan, the total weight of the model as it is now is 106grams. i am not sure how much i put in but i used a spare piece of roofing lead i had lying around the garage. i cut that in strips and tried to fit as many as possible. that resulted in strenghtening the main gear constuction, because the wheel well part is almost floating in its nacelle. i added a peice of sprue serving as a restraining spar. i guess that if i hadn't put that in it will bent inwards once the model is completed. i placed the lead in the engine nacelles and behind the radar operator.

@mike, i copied a section of the manual from the tamiya paint guide of their 1/48 model. shrunk it to 1/72 and printed it out. i started cutting out the spots and 2 days later i had a mask. just make sure you stop when you get fed up with it : )

jw

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Ta! So I suppose you were seeing spots in front of your eyes by the time you finished? (I'll get me coat...)

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hello,

small update. paint is on and adjusted where needed. decals also on. now wheatering can begin. i am planning to display this one with the canopy open. that was really nerve wrecking. never done that before. just saw open a perfectly good closed canopy. i think i will need to do some work on the front part of the windshield because there is a armored glass plate and metal shield installed with the gunsight. so some scratchbuilding afterall.

jw

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It is going to be an interesting looking model when finished. This build has made me dig my one out frm the stash and it is now sitting in the to do pile.

Duncan B

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few in progress shots tonight.

almost finished with weathering and about to start on the final details like glass and the radar array.

i found out that the actual plane was based some miles from where i grew up, so that gives a nice touch to it. :)

thanks for looking

jw

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Looking great jeewee! That is one of the few Dragon kits I don't have in my stash. Must acquire one...

modelglue

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That thing is seriously gorgeous! Top job.

Keep up the posts....love the camo

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It is, Nice weathering too.

There was a large scale build on Hyperscale recently,

That one looked like you could climb in & fly it!

So, Where was this based?

Netherlands?

Pete

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acc to the decal sheet and my reference this one was based out of venlo. nowadays the relics of the former field can still be seen in a what derelict state. see this link http://fliegerhorstvenlo.webklik.nl/page/nederlands-gedeelte it's in dutch but it has plenty of pictures. there is even a link to a bike ride around the various buildings that are left.

jw

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Looks like an interesting place. I like the house conversion of the old telephone exchange bunker, that'll be a solidly built house for sure.

Duncan B

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finished!!

i will post more pictures in the inspection page tonight. thanks for the comments and views!

thanks for looking,

jw

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