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2020 Finale!!! - Heinkel He111H-3 KG.100 'Pathfinder' 1/48 ICM


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This is my final build of this abysmal year of 2020!!!! Having built the ICM 1/48 Do215 & Do17Z-10 with hopefully reasonable results I decided to venture forward with ICM's Heinkel He111H-3. So armed with the Eduard etched sets for the undercarriage bays and cockpit, the Brassin wheels, an older Aeromaster decal sheet for the He111 and references the build commenced.

 

I decided at an early stage to build a He111 from KG,100 partly because I like the badge and I also wanted a 'blackwashed' under-surface machine. I decided not to purchase the etched sets available for the bomb bay or radio compartment as these areas are not that visible when the fuselage halves are joined. So references and a little scratch detailing were sufficient for me.

 

The build was pretty straight forward although by not ( as is usual for me) following the instruction sequence I did cause myself some problems which thankfully were overcome. The glazing does require great care in assembly to avoid clouding them when gluing and to avoid unsightly seams.

I added the scratch made aerials carried by these aircraft and also replaced the under fuselage aerial.

 

I used AK Real Colours paints over Vallejo black primer, in order to show the overpainted markings the upper surfaces were sprayed first, then gloss varnished. I  applied the decals, an assortment of the kit and Aeromaster decals. The uppersurfaces were matt varnished, I then masked off the and sprayed the undersurfaces and Balkankreuze plus codes with AK Real Colours NATO Black allowing the markings to show through. I gave the black a coat of Mig Lucky Ultra Matt varnish as the original paint was reported as being an extremely matt finish.

Panel washes were added and some weathering, which I tend to keep to a minimum were added. 

 

The machine I chose to model was from 2./KG.100 coded 6N+EK, Vannes, France, Sept. 1940 :-

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A couple of errors I noticed 1. I forgot to add the aerial mast under the fuselage next to the gondola. 2. The starboard undercarriage is not vertical but slightly canted to one side, something I will need to fix!!!!

 

Apologies for photo quality not some of my best 😣.

 

Well I'm calling this my final build of this awful year of 2020. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and hopefully a much better New Year!! 🎄

 

 

                                                                                                             Cheers

                                                                                                                         Andy

 

 

 

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On 14/12/2020 at 18:04, andyh59 said:

This is my final build of this abysmal year of 2020!!!! Having built the ICM 1/48 Do215 & Do17Z-10 with hopefully reasonable results I decided to venture forward with ICM's Heinkel He111H-3. So armed with the Eduard etched sets for the undercarriage bays and cockpit, the Brassin wheels, an older Aeromaster decal sheet for the He111 and references the build commenced.

 

I decided at an early stage to build a He111 from KG,100 partly because I like the badge and I also wanted a 'blackwashed' under-surface machine. I decided not to purchase the etched sets available for the bomb bay or radio compartment as these areas are not that visible when the fuselage halves are joined. So references and a little scratch detailing were sufficient for me.

 

The build was pretty straight forward although by not ( as is usual for me) following the instruction sequence I did cause myself some problems which thankfully were overcome. The glazing does require great care in assembly to avoid clouding them when gluing and to avoid unsightly seams.

I added the scratch made aerials carried by these aircraft and also replaced the under fuselage aerial.

 

I used AK Real Colours paints over Vallejo black primer, in order to show the overpainted markings the upper surfaces were sprayed first, then gloss varnished. I  applied the decals, an assortment of the kit and Aeromaster decals. The uppersurfaces were matt varnished, I then masked off the and sprayed the undersurfaces and Balkankreuze plus codes with AK Real Colours NATO Black allowing the markings to show through. I gave the black a coat of Mig Lucky Ultra Matt varnish as the original paint was reported as being an extremely matt finish.

Panel washes were added and some weathering, which I tend to keep to a minimum were added. 

 

The machine I chose to model was from 2./KG.100 coded 6N+EK, Vannes, France, Sept. 1940 :-

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A couple of errors I noticed 1. I forgot to add the aerial mast under the fuselage next to the gondola. 2. The starboard undercarriage is not vertical but slightly canted to one side, something I will need to fix!!!!

 

Apologies for photo quality not some of my best 😣.

 

Well I'm calling this my final build of this awful year of 2020. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and hopefully a much better New Year!! 🎄

 

 

                                                                                                             Cheers

                                                                                                                         Andy

 

 

 

I love this diorama, very realistic indeed. Thanks for sharing a great model with a superb finish! 

 

I was interested in the Kg100 as the subject matter for this build as went to a Polytechnic where the main building was used to interrogate captured German aircrew. Some members of KG100 were interrogated there and were secretly recorded talking about the navigation beams they used for their pathfinding activities..using Knickebein , X and Y-Gerat blind bombing/navigation aids . The interrogation centre is called Trent Park in Cockfosters, North London.  When i went to college i had no idea of the history of the place.  It's also featured in the Film starring Hardy Kruger - The One That Got Away!

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