GasPatch’s 1/48 scale Hs123
Hi, guys… my first posting here, so a little apprehensive after seeing some of the offerings already posted. Some really smart kits and a lot of work put into them as well.
So, for my first foray into this website, I’ve posted these photos of my Hs123 which I finished in February of last year. It was built more or less from the box, with only seat belts added from Eduard’s ‘Superfabric’ range, and some thin, stretched-plastic support struts on the fuel tank and percussion rods to the bombs, with plastic card end-plates.
I initially fitted the engine upside-down then wondered why the cowling panels didn’t fit! I managed to correct that and deliberately left some of the covers off to show the engine details. While I’m reasonably able to effect the winter snow scheme, this kit was a first in using homemade blackwash to highlight the paneling. Needless to say, on covering up the paintwork with the blackwash, I was rather worried about the outcome but it came out rather well.
GasPatch have two Hs123 kits on the market. This is the first one, although the colour scheme I chose is actually one offered in the second kit… I couldn’t wait! There are some very clear photos of this aircraft on the internet, although the winter distemper suggests a recent application and therefore not quite as murky as I’ve made mine. I use Humbrol enamels on my kits, especially the newer ones from their WW2 Luftwaffe range.
The aircraft is ‘Blue 4’ from Erg.St./SchG1, early in 1942, and photographed near Wjasma at the time of its demise. Hope you like the finished kit.
19 additional images. Click to enlarge.