Hasegawa Heinkel He 111 Build in 1/72 Scale Part III

With major assembly complete I sprayed the model with Mr. Surfacer 1000 to check for flaws. Given the size of the underwing crosses I decided they would look best if painted. I painted these areas white and masked off the crosses with Tamiya tape.
The uppersurfaces had a standard factory RLM 70 / 71 splinter scheme. The masking tape here is regular household tape.
Here is the splinter scheme with the masks removed. Two hours of masking, fifteen minutes of painting. I laid this pattern out as it is shown in the Monogram Guide.
The aircraft I’m modeling had black undersides for night missions. I have pre-shaded the panel lines with a scale black mixture, the same mix will be oversprayed in a light coat to bring out the highlights.
Here it is with the black applied and the insignia masks removed. The panel highlighting is subtle but you do get some tonal variation between panels.
This aircraft had “clouds” of RLM 76 Light Blue applied over the uppersurfaces. This photograph shows the colors used.
Decals are in place and have been sealed with Future (Klear) in preparation for panel line washing and weathering. Decals are from Aims sheet 72D010.
The kit pitot tube is easily broken off, at least by me. I have learned to replace this sort of thing with metal parts. I made this one with Albion Alloys tube and 0.005” Nitenol wire for the tip. The Nitenol wire does not break or bend, but returns to its original shape if bumped.
There is a lot of glare from the lightbox in this photograph but even so you can still see much of the interior of the nose compartment. With the hatch open even more of the detail is visible.
The finished model represents the aircraft of bomber “ace” Oberleutnant Dietrich Kornblum, Staffelkapitän of 4./KG 53.  Kornblum was awarded the Knight’s Cross after completing 400 missions.  The dorsal turret transparency was formed using the “plunge mold” technique.

More finished photographs here: https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com/2021/02/02/hasegawa-heinkel-he-111h-20-of-dietrich-kornblum-in-1-72-scale/

Revell Junkers Ju 88P-1 Conversion Build in 1/72 Scale Part III

The Ju 88P-1 was given a coat of Mr. Surfacer 1000 to check the seamwork and any problems addressed. This aircraft had yellow recognition panels under the wings and a yellow fuselage band. The undersides are painted in the standard RLM 65.

The upper surfaces carried an RLM 70 / 71 splinter pattern. Making tape is from the hardware store, nothing fancy.

Here the basic painting is complete. I post these pictures with the paint jars used to help me remember the paint colors later.

The entire model was sprayed with a coat of acrylic Future (Klear) to seal in the decals prior to applying the panel line wash.

After the wash I glued most of the fiddlybits in place. The pitot tube was made from Albion Alloys tube with a 0.004” Nitenol tip. All these details will be painted before the final flat coat is applied so they look uniform.

Here is a close-up of the canopy, it is clear enough to see much of the interior detail. I have gotten into the habit of looking at the instructions through the clear pieces before beginning construction to determine how much detail will be visible on the finished model. If I can read the instructions I know that the effort required to dress up the interior will not be wasted.

The finished model, and another odd Ju 88 variant for the collection. The Revell kits are gems and there are several variants and camouflage schemes from which to choose. A word of caution though, Revell’s old tool kit is still in circulation and is crude by comparison so check Scalemates to make certain you’re getting the new tool.

More completed pictures here: https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com/2020/11/24/revell-junkers-ju-88p-1-in-1-72-scale/

Revell Junkers Ju 88P-1 Conversion Build in 1/72 Scale Part I

This is Revell of Germany’s excellent Junkers Ju 88 kit which was first issued in 2011 as an A-4 version. The Ju 88C-6 was issued two years later, and an A-1 variant suitable for the Battle of Britain has just been released this year. This is a beautiful kit with some clever engineering but unfortunately the A-4 and C-6 versions have gone out of production and are difficult to locate.
The main sprues feature recessed panel lines and fine engraving on the detail parts. The cockpit is a real gem and builds up into a very intricate assembly. These are the best Ju 88 kits on the market in my opinion.
The parts breakdown allows Revell to issue just about any of the numerous versions of the Ju 88 by substituting parts for each specific version. For reasons beyond my comprehension Revell has not maximized the utility of this mold and in so doing has left a lot of money on the table.
Aims has stepped up with a very nice conversion set to modify the Revell kit to a P-1 version armed with a 75 mm gun for anti-tank work. I couldn’t resist!
The Revell cockpit builds up nicely and is quite detailed straight out of the box. I forced contrast in the overall RLM 66 cockpit by spraying on lightened mixes from directly above.
I had acquired Yahu instrument panel for this kit at some point and past me had left it in the box where I could find it again in time for this build (which is not always the case). The Yahu panels look great and are inexpensive, well worth the investment if they can be seen on the finished model.
Here is the cockpit with a black wash and some drybrushing to bring out the details. The problem with the RLM 66 paint is everything can be lost in a black hole.
Seatbelts are a must because the contrasting colors will show through even the thickest of canopies. These are photoetch belts from Eduard.

Part II here: https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com/2020/11/13/revell-junkers-ju-88p-1-conversion-build-in-1-72-scale-part-ii/