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Like so many of us, Airfix the Golden Years represented my formative years in the hobby.  And while I've mostly moved on to modern kits, I've still got that nostalgia bug.

I never built this kit back in the day but always liked its design, the twin engines and big gun. You can read more about the plane here.

 

I can't remember where I picked this up but there she is in all her box art glory..

 

29810490138_c2c97bd9fc_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 Box art by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

According to the very helpful box, this is the 1975 edition

 

29810487528_4520bddcfc_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 Box side by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

42777408905_0f7df70308_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 Box art_2 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

What's inside the box..

 

43633660182_a44511a913_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 instructions by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

Buster and Valiant comics - nostalgia overload!

 

42777404265_75741a47fb_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 club by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

Everything there but the decals are shot so will use spares instead.

 

43633664902_e32de9b041_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 contents by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

Henschel X-Wing Jaeger!

 

28791255357_1cc21ed575_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 dry fit_1 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

Thanks for looking and good luck with your builds!

 

Dermot

Edited by Dermo245

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Nice one 😀

 

This was one of my faves back in the day. I look forward to your progress.

 

Cheers Greg

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Yes!  I love this aircraft.

 

Have been looking for 1 in 1/48 for while but I'll be watching this with interest - who knows I may be tempted by a 1/72 one ;)

 

And @theplasticsurgeon, that's a nice build!

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Nice choice. Great box art on that one. Built one myself as a lad, but I did use the 'big gun' of course :D 

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BIG GUN, BIG GUN, BIG GUN !

 

You know you want to :D

 

Good luck with the build Dermot, don't forget to use genuine Airfix enamels like it says on the box.....

 

cheers Pat

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3 hours ago, JOCKNEY said:

BIG GUN, BIG GUN, BIG GUN !

 

You know you want to :D

 

:ditto:  ;)

 

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Looks like everyone wants the big gun so - might have to rethink my plans! 😂

So here's the latest, just some little jobs to improve this one where possible.

 

Drilling the engine exhaust vents (and a minor rescribe under way too)

 

30158489718_7ec39c722b_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 build 3 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

And mid-way through opening up the radiators (?) under the wings..

 

43308207504_2ab1b0fb32_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 build 4 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

There won't be much visible in the tiny cockpit but would be rude to have blank walls in there. (rivet counters/Hs-129 experts should probably leave the room now)

 

43308207654_a7c95a1078_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 cockpit_1 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

43308207824_4a96dbca75_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 cockpit 2 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

Will also add a floor and bulkhead, more on that later.

 

Thanks for looking!

Dermot

 

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Look’n good Dermot, nice job with the scriber - very neat from what I can see.

 

Cheers.. Dave 

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On 15/08/2018 at 11:51, Rabbit Leader said:

Look’n good Dermot, nice job with the scriber - very neat from what I can see.

 

Cheers.. Dave 

Yeah a lot neater than the troughs I end up doing ;)

 

@Dermo245 what do you use for the scribing?

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20 hours ago, Lawzer said:

Yeah a lot neather than the troughs I end up doing ;)

 

@Dermo245 what do you use for the scribing?

Thanks very much! I try my best to update older kits where possible and it's not always the neatest!

 

I use a scribing tool by RB Productions which I find great to use, really precise and controlled. Radu who runs the business is a top bloke and great to deal with.

 

Hope that helps.

Dermot

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Some more done.....internal ribs for the u/c bays which won't really be seen when it's finished.

 

29134881737_95f3866203_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 build 5 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

So time to talk about big guns!

The glorious Airfix box art has a pair of Henschel's over some battlefield, most likely Eastern Front, going all 'Brrrrrt' on a Russian Convoy in true 1970's comic book style...

 

29810490138_c2c97bd9fc_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 Box art by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

The B-3 model had the 75mm cannon and there's a picture of it on this link. Problem is, the way Airfix has the barrel moulded, it just looks way too long. After a short while on the Inter-web searching 'Big German Guns' (mind your spelling :whistle:), I found this image and line drawing of the gun and loading mechanism.

 

30204111608_a1b611505f_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 build 6 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

Using the trusty Mk1 eyeball and shaky camera technique, I offered up the gun and mounting to the drawing....Hmmm........looks a bit long

 

29134881597_32a6b92489_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 build 7 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

But shortening the barrel by a few mm, I think that looks much more realistic. 

 

29134881517_567409fb32_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 build 8 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

What do we think?

 

Cheers,

Dermot

 

 

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Good call Dermot!

 

I always thought the cannon looked too long.

 

Crack on it's coming together now.

 

Cheers Greg 

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11 minutes ago, Dermo245 said:

 

The B-3 model had the 75mm cannon and there's a picture of it on this link. Problem is, the way Airfix has the barrel moulded, it just looks way too long. 

 

What do we think?

Yes, Dermot. It was niggling me that the Airfix kit seems to have a gun far too long and I had seen pictures where the thicker part at the end of the barrel (flash suppressor?) was just in front of the aircraft nose rather than away out front. I think you have got it right. Also, much less likely to get pinged off while being painted or flying round the room!

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I think Airfix must have erred in a direction that pleased schoolboys everywhere! Mind you, the drawing and the photo don't quite seem to match up either - maybe it had a variety of different muzzle fitments?

 

I see that we will have to amend the pitch-side chant of "BIG GUN, BIG GUN" to "Relatively large gun, ..."

 

Regards,

Adrian

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Looking much more like it!!

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A bit more done on this one.. New floor and bulkhead..

 

30271165158_8fdeabfbd2_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 build 9 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

And buttoned up..

 

43231963175_bd6c2b6eda_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 build 10 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

30271163138_544abc4279_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 build 11 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

Wings and tailplanes on..

 

43231962225_c5f9b0abf8_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 build 12 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

In progress with the engines. The fit was a bit challenging! 

 

29519510907_be05a065b3_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 build 15 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

And also started on this bodgery as well!

 

29519512197_8283640747_b.jpgAirfix Hs 129 build 13 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

 

Cheers,

Dermot

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Nice work Dermot 😀

 

Good to see this one still on the go.

 

Keep up the good work.

 

Cheers Greg

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Nice work Dermot and the re-proportioned gun looks much better.

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Taking shape nicely!! 👍

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Looking great Dermot.

 

We don't get Revell paint round here, those square paint jars are weird!

 

Z

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Looking really good Dermot, its such a brute of an attack aircraft and Airfix look as it they got this one pretty right (save for the long gun barrel!). 

Cheers.. Dave 

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