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JWM

Heinkel He 114, Auxiliary cruiser Pinguin (Raider F), 1/72 Mach 2 reshaped

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Hi,

This is mine number nine of this year - all were "odd and old Germans". Now it is Heinkel He 114. The model is made out of Mach -2 kit with some reshaping - some of the needed reshaping as well as confusion with drawings I discussed in WIP therad here:

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235000446-mach-2-heinkel-he-114-172/

As resume of what was corrected they were: the horizontal stabilizers were a bit swept into rear, the fin was cut and reshaped as well as the rudder was mounted a bit more vertical, the struts were shortered to lower the upper wing regarding fuselage, new canopy was done, some changes were also dane in interior of cockpit and the wing was cut outside the central part to make some dihedral of wing. In addition to what was said here (and there, ie. in WIP) I shortered also front of fuselage (behind the cowling) by ca. 2 mm and the small ploat rudders (? - this part in the end of float) were much slowered. I hope all this modification made the model more similar to the real thing, what can be perhaps noticed studying the photos in net.

Initally I was thinking on doing this machine in Romanian markings, although I've read on use of He-114 on board of German auxiliary cruiser Pinguin in Indian Ocean during 1940. This is a fascinating and terrible story that really crude war was conducted also on Indian Ocean - more about the Pinguin one can read here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_auxiliary_cruiser_Pinguin

Since I found some contradictinary data on painting scheme of machine from Pinguin I asked BM memebers in this thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234999389-any-info-on-heinkel-he-114-with-fake-british-roundels-indian-ocean-1940/ for a help.

Finally in the post #41 by Nick Millman there a testimony of a witness says:

"The aircraft were painted with usual German sea camouflage, the lower surface of the wings being painted light blue, the upper surface green, blue and black. During its attack on "Filefjell" the aircraft used markings similar to those of South African Air Force, namely, black, white and orange roundels"

Since both darker camouflage colour and outside of roundels are named here "black" I decided to do roundels in very deep blue and of course the camo (green/black in testimony) made as a standard Krigsmarine RLM72/73 (Humbrol 243/244 - the new colours). I made the roundels, especially those from bottom, as large as possible - guessing that this was their role - to be well visible.

Below is my proposition of how the Pinguin's He-114 might have look like. I made some intense weathering since the machine was all the time exposed to weather - if not in air it was on deck. However - I am not sure if the paint cover was not maintancedall the time to keep soldiers busy...

Comments welcome as always and best regards.

Jerzy-Wojtek

 

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Very nice Build of this unusual plane - interesting story of the plane and its mother ship. Thanks for showing.

Cheers,

Michael

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Almost surely to be taken for Blackburn Shark if I was a merchant sailor :)

Cheers

Michael

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Super work and a great back story!

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Hi Jerzy!!!

I have not knew anything about this nice bird, and as Mach 2 made it for sure as I have seen, the model is not so easy and have demanded a huge lot of work, patience and nice info to reach the end of the project. For sure your nice finished model have some secrets to look so wonderful and some of them have been watched in the thread where you asked for info and have appreciated the nice labour of love and care you did here to be historically correctom what you did!!! A nice thing in the job is for me, the nice weathering you applied.

Without a doubt, with you we have had a nice time learning wuth care and patience about some parts of the Aviation History and also to appreaciate no so frequently posted kits of planes that have made history.

Thank you nery much for sharing.

Cheers,

Luis Alfonso

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A good job well done on that Jerzy, given the info from the previous thread was less than definitive. I like your interpretation.:thumbsup:

Steve.

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Many thanks Gents for all comments and likes!

Perhaps I will do Dave from auxiliary cruiser also...

Cheers

J-W.

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