Heinkel He-115, Matchbox 1/72
My first completed build of the new year is the venerable Matchbox He-115, a kit that I think was first issued the year I graduated from high school back in the ’70’s. It’s also the first model to come out of my new model room. Built pretty much from the box with a scratchbuilt cockpit and nose compartment cobbled together from bits and pieces in the junk box. Not much of it can be seen through the rather thick canopy, but it looks better than a dark hole. Standard Luftwaffe maritime scheme of RLM 72 / 73 / 65 done with my usual Model Master enamels. The winter whitewash was applied with a soft brush and thinned off white acrylic craft paint, using internet photos as a guide. Decals are from the current Revell issue of this kit, representing a machine from Kustenfliegergruppe 406 based in Norway in 1941. Joe Caputo was kind enough to provide the swastikas from his dungeon.
I’m told that Extratech makes a photoetch cockpit set for this kit, and a vac canopy may still be available from Falcon. The cost of these far exceed the 2 bucks this kit would cost at a swap meet. This kit came to me when my friend Darin decided to concentrate on 1/32 models and shipped me a box full of smaller scale flying boats!
Remember, the old guys are building old kits and having a lot of fun doing it!
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