Revell Heinkel He 177 Greif in 1/72 Scale

This is the Revell of Germany He 177A-5 Greif kit number 04616 in 1/72 scale.  The clear parts could be a little better molded but overall it is an excellent kit.  This one is armed with three Henschel Hs 293 glide bombs instead of the Fritz X weapons, but I believe Revell provides either option depending on the boxing.  Decals are from Eagle Strike Productions sheet 72041 and represent an aircraft from II./KG 40 based at Bordeaux, France in 1944.

Upper surface camouflage is the standard Luftwaffe bomber RLM 70 Black Green / RLM 71 Dark Green splinter pattern.  The under surface colors are open to some interpretation, sources are not in agreement as to which colors were used.  Here I have chosen RLM 77 Light Gray spots over an RLM 02 Gray Green base.  Other possibilities are RLM 76 Lichtblau over RLM 65 Hellblau, or some combinations of these.  It is hard to be certain using black and white photographs, it is also possible different combinations were used on different aircraft.

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