SG-38, 1/48 Special Hobby
This small and not-so-well known plane is my latest build. The goal was to practice wood textures and rigging before I start other, larger projects.
There are multiple packaging released by Special Hobby, both in 1:72 and 1:48 scale. You should be aware that not all packages contain the parts needed for building the covered fuselage section.
The kit itself is typical Special Hobby – amazing subject, promising on the frames, but reality is going to hit you at the very moment you start building it. Some parts are simplified, the details are a bit soft, and a few things are completely missing. Among the missing details are the harnesses, and their mounting points. Most of these planes were originally built without the plywood/fabric cover on the fuselage, and that means all details were visible. Brengun released a photo-etched set for this kit with the harnesses, and other smaller details. I did not use it, but looked into my spare boxes, and found an Eduard superfabric set, made for Bf-109. You should be also aware that’s CMK’s pilot figure designed for this kit is also wrong, because the harnesses are mounted directly on the plywood seat (not on the wooden main frame of the plane, as it was originally). Not the best idea when crashing with an open seater , if you ask me.
The larger wooden parts are covered with Uschi wooden decals, the smaller ones are painted with oil paints. I used AK acrylics linen colors for the fabric surfaces, but I still can’t use that paint properly. I have never had so many problems with acrylic paints before, and I have been using this type of paints for nearly 20 years.
Rigging was done with Uschi fine and superfine threads, mounted with a mix of photo-etched kit parts and self-made cable turnbuckles. The kit parts are ok, but oversized, compared to photo and drawing references.
The colors are for an ex-german glider shortly after the end on WW2 in Poland. The swastikas on the tail were painted over by hand. You can find great photo and detailed scale drawing references in a Polish modeling publication, “Skrzydła w miniaturze 23”. I don’t speak a single word of Polish, but my phone’s camera translation functionality did the trick.
I enjoyed the build, and one of the next projects will be a second SG-38, without the covered fuselage. However, the real goal of these projects is to help me to het experience before getting started wish scratch-building similar gliders in 1:48 scale. I built a few 1:72 gliders in the mid 90s from balsa wood and plastic, but those were very early scratch-building trials. Let’s see what the future brings, I would be happy to share the scratch-building projects here, once I manage to get enough courage.