Monogram (Revell Germany) 1/48 He-111H-22
Here is my 1/48 Revll Germany He-111H-22. I got it second hand from a good internet model friend in England. I had not really considered doing a doodlebug carrier, until I found out what this kit included. When I saw an aeromaster sheet included in the box with the kit- and saw this mottled scheme as an option- I decided it was time to go for broke on Luftwaffe camouflage!
I built the kit out of the box, and the only real challenge besides painting was to fill and rescribe the area around the bomb bay doors- seems to be the toughtest part of the kit in my mind, but then some may find the framing on the glazing to be quite a challenge.
I hand painted the window framing- as I do on all my kits- even though it does present some issues when you airbrush the rest of the scheme, but hand paint the framing- the tones do not always match up. I think it may have something to do with how the pigment settles in the spray method versus the brushed method.
I drew each mottle shape with pencil after masking and spraying the standard splinter scheme. Then I used a lower pressure on the airbrush and fiddled with my thinner/paint ratio until it felt right. I use an IWATA HP-BC that I bought off someone in my art college days. I sprayed into each shape by tracing around the edges, then filling in the middle- took most of an afternoon- not easy to explain the need to spend that much time on one part of a build to the wife!
I later learned that I should have used a different colour scheme for the buzz bomb, but I will have to consider repainting it some other time! I made sure I could remove and re-attach it during construction.
I have a Monogram He-111 in the stash, but am unsure if I want to do a torpedo carrier, or a blitz scheme. Hope you enjoyed the Heinkel!
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