Airmodel 1/72 Heinkel P.1078C Resin
This is my 1/72 Airmodel Heinkel P.1078C Resin kit.
The Heinkel P.1078 (He P.1078) was a projected single seat interceptor developed for the Luftwaffe by Heinkel aircraft manufacturing company under the Emergency Fighter Program during the last years of the Third Reich.
The project had three quite different variants. All of them were a single-seat fighters with polyhedral swept wings. The wings were swept back at 40 degrees and included wood in their construction. All of the projected aircraft had the wing tips angled downwards and all of them would be powered by a single Heinkel HeS 011 turbojet.
The first variant, P.1078A, was the most conventional-looking of the three designs submitted for it was the only one having a tail. Its armament was two MK 108 cannons, as in the following two variants.
The P.1078B was a tailless asymmetric jet-powered interceptor with a short fuselage in which the air intake of the engine was located in the middle between two gondolas. The cockpit was located on the gondola of the left side, while the right side gondola contained the front undercarriage leg and cannon armament.
The P.1078C was a tailless interceptor project similar to the P.1078 B but with a single short fuselage. Both the He P.1078BB and P.1078C had wing tips angled downwards at a more pronounced angle than the P.1078A.
The high-altitude fighter designs brought forward by other German aircraft makers were the Messerschmitt P.1110, Focke-Wulf Ta 183 Huckebein, Blohm & Voss P 212 and the Junkers EF 128, the official winner of the competition. After being subject to severe criticism, the project was cancelled by Heinkel at the end of February 1945.
This small resin kit was given to me as a present from my “usual suspect” friend who had given me the same company’s 1/72 Messerschmitt Me-261 Adolfine Vac, that I recently have finished (please check it here in my blog, if you so wish).
The kit went together beautifully, with no real surprises.
I did some scratchbuilding at key areas, such as the cockpit and landing gear, in order to make things look more busy and "real".
I finished her at a Sukhoi inspired "air superiority" scheme, with very light grey allover and light blue gray topsides. I used Humbrol enamels.
This was a lovely kit to build: its small size and low number of parts, together with the freedom to choose your own scheme, make it an appealing candidate for your first resin!
As usual, I will not tire you with build details, but, should you wish, you can have a look at some in-progress shots that I posted below; you may also check my build thread here:
A full review can be found at my beloved site Modelingmadness:
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