“zu Fuß” a Hs129 retreating in the desert in 1942 – on foot :)
Hi! This is my second Hs-129 this time in 1:72. I bought the Italeri kit AFTER built the 1:48 Hasegawa one 🙂 so that was clear soon that I had to make something different from this err... not so good kit. I intended to go a little ”cross-genre” to make this aircraft more interesting with ”non-aircraft things” :). The idea based on a photo from the Luftwaffe Im Focus “number-I-don’t-remember-which-one” 🙂 when the retreating germans towed this "not too good for desert" airplane thorough the Sahara. The diorama represents well the Hs129's short operational life (or "episode") in the african theater. The sand is actually from the Sahara (from Erg Chebi) so I laughed a bit when in a meeting some guys criticized its colour 😉 I had to heavily modify the truck wich is - I think - a nice kit, much better than the newer Airfix one. The two figures sculpted/kitbashed till they posing exactly like the tired drivers on the photo. The greatest challenge in this build was the protective canvas for the plane - I made it from cling film as this was the thinnest material at home on hand. I'm somehow proud of the Wermacht K-rations cans dropped away on the side of the road 🙂 Those were made from lead-foil.
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