Hello again everyone.
This model has been languishing on my shelves for years………….way too long. The construction was started by a good friend of mine, who mainly built WW2 German Armor. He started it, and then had to move due to his job relocating him to a different city. He gave it to me with the understanding that I would someday finish it up……………. Well here we go.
Once David opened up the Kasserine Pass to include all of the North African Campaign, I knew I would have to dust this one off, and finally keep my word about finishing up the plane. It’s the perfect opportunity to do so.
Fast forward about 20 years or so, give or take a few years. This is how it looks at the moment.
Since I obtained the model, I stripped off the paint using oven cleaner. If you look close, you will probably see remnants of the paint here and there. I started sanding down the seams, but sadly lost interest in the plane. This is still going to be a major undertaking to complete, and I will have to putty a lot of the airframe.
The cockpit was painted and detailed very nicely. This is a good thing since it is highly visible in this type………….
The clear parts were not installed by me, but it looks like they were at some point. The landing gear look as if they may not have been installed however. To this day, these parts still remain in the plastic zip lock bag they were given to me in.
My plans included replacing the nose glass with a Squadron vacuum formed canopy. But I am still on the fence about this. The canopy only replaces the upper half and relies on the lower kit parts to make it whole.
I may end up doing something totally different, like trying to form my own one piece nose using clear thermoform plastic. That is still undecided however.
Several years ago, I went on a Heinkel 111 spree……….. I picked up these decals, which will work great for this build since they include a RLM 79 Sandgelb over RLM 78 Himmelblau desert color scheme.
So after talking with David about starting up another build, I decided to give it a go. This one will be good to use as a comparison to the new ICM He-111 that I have been itching to get started on……… You just never know what may happen at the “Iron Werks” ………………….
Please follow along with me as I attempt to salvage this one……………..
Thanks in advance.