Heinkel HE219 A-7
Hi All, This is the Dragon HE219 A-7
basically a Great Model, I only had one or two fit issues but i think they were of my own doing.
The one thing that wasn't great that was out of my control was that the panel lines on the the top of the fuselage didn't line up in fact they were quite far out enough for me to fill and try to re-scribe them and one of the jobs i try to avoid is re-scribbing i dont mind doing the odd panel line lost in sanding or clean up once i got over this part all went well so everything was prepped ready for paint it was at this point.
I noticed a wide scratch in the canopy luckily it wasn't to deep so i managed to polish out nearly all of the scratch but the clear area around the scratch wasn't great i polished again but it still didn't look that good, it didn't matter how many times i polished it i couldn't get it as clear as it was before i removed the scratch that would have to do
I masked the canopy stuck it on and painted over all RLM76 then i painted the black underside which is really a very very dark grey mix including Black, Mid Brown,Red and the smallest drop of white, the mottles were RLM75 i think and done with a home mad mask held slightly off the surface so there would be the smallest amount of overspray so the mottles didn't appear hard edged. To make the mask i used a pyro-graph with a modified tip, i copied the painting plan blowing it up to approximately 1/72 then with the red hot tip of the pyro-graph burnt out the shapes of the mottling. After some practice i got to be quite accurate at copying the correct shapes so if any of you guys out there have got this kit you can check the mottle pattern and you will see its pretty much an exact copy of the painting instructions especially on the wings - the fuselage not so.
The last task after all the weathering was to stick on the antennas these come on Etch Frets in the kit and they do look the part but bloody fiddly to fit. As you can probably see from the photos these are not as straight as once they were after a season carting the model to show after show. A few antennas got knocked off here and there and to my shame i didn't always re-glue them on as straight as i could have there strikes my impatience again because when you are doing your best to reapply the things and all they want to do is stick to every thing else or drop of when you get them on and when they do finally go on and stay on the last thing you want to do is just nudge it slightly to straighten up, if its something like ok that will do!
Hope you like it