Me-P.1099 – Revell 1/72
I have a friend who likes my models a lot, and he gave me a challenge: to build a scale model under 10 work hours. It sounds bad I know, but I like these kind of challenges...
So he gave me the Me-P1099 from Revell. I know Revell models very well, and it's like a surprise box. In this case, I was very pleased to find a really good model from Revell: good interior detail, nice building (or more or less good) and a nice detailed cockpit glass.
As usual, I started with the cockpit. Although it doesn't have decals for it, the dials and controls are well detailed. I took the base from a me-262 for detailing.
After painting, it was time to close the fuselage. I strongly recommend to add the weight behind the cockpit and the front landing gear, and when it's closed, to add even more in the nose.
The fuselage union was not good enough, and it needed a bit of putty and sanding.
The model allows you to leave the rear turrets movable, but I don't recommend it since it's quite difficult to do it properly. Mine are fixed in place.
Here you can choose to add the wings first, o to add the cockpit first. I did the second option.
The wing union is really nice, and no extra sanding was really needed.
And here is maybe the major flaw: the front landing gear must be attached with a big portion of the fuselage, which do no fit in it's place, unless you use a lot of putty.
After you make sure all the surfaces are clean, and ready, it's time to move to painting. Since it's a "what if" aircraft, I had total freedom with the camouflage, which I decided to be a winter one.
I almost work only with Vallejo, here is the process:
1- preshading with black
2 - total coating with pale blue
3 - random spots on upper surfaces with white, USAF medium grey and electric blue
4 - squadron markings with yellow
And you can have a really nice winter/polar camouflage!
The model doesn't have any accurate luftwaffe markings (you know what I mean), so I had to make them.
Weathering was really simple: panelling with black oil, and then light of some panels with white oil.
In the end, I did a really nice job.
I recommend this model for everyone who likes these "what if" models, and for anyone who want to start with the hobby. It's not a really difficult model, and I'm sure you will enjoy building it.
My friend liked it a lot, and...I won the challenge by building it in just 6 hours and 45 minutes!
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