Bv 138 Revell 1/72
here you have the Revell 1/72 Bv138. I have to say that it is one of my favourites aircraft. In many aspects is so strange but at the same time unique. I bought this kit on eBay to a french guy as this model is out of stock and I was lucky to find it!
There are not too many references for this aircraft but in the end, I managed to use these references to make it.
I am not used to making 1/72 models, and in some aspects, it was a little bit difficult and tricky to get the final result but I took it as a challenge as I have to say that I love this aircraft.
To mask the cockpit and turrets I used Montex Masks; with some parts, lots of masking and sanding as many of them don´t fit very well. I also made by myself the bulkhead in the cockpit.
Base coat to get any imperfections, panels pre-shading, and main camouflage colours.
Then I oil shaded panels, gloss varnish before decals and set them with Micro-Set and Micro-Sol liquids. Some decals in bad condition as it is an old kit, so for example, I had to make my own masks for the white lines over the wings. There was no decal for “the cross” in the tail, so as the size was correct, I used the one from my previous 1/48 Do335 (as I painted it on it). Protected them with gloss varnish again and started giving this old and used aspect with oil dots in yellow, white and brown all over the kit. And water line painted as well.
In the end, I wanted to give this old, bad weather-treated and probably this end of the war aspect.
A little bit of history… this flying boat was probably the one built in the greatest number. You can find it in the Norwegian campaign as transport aircraft and even giving support to uBoats. It was also used as long-range reconnaissance. The use of diesel engines with a 4.2 tons fuel capacity gave it a maximum flying time of 16.5 hours. It had two rotary mounts in the nose and tail and one open-air machine gun behind the central engine.
As a curious thing about the engines, you can see it had 3 propeller blades in left and right engines but 4 blades in the central engine.
Well, this is all, hope you like it!
Next project… Italeri P47 1/48
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