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Revell Heinkel He 177 Greif in 1/72 Scale

November 23, 2020 · in Aviation · · 16 Comments

This is the of Germany He 177A-5 kit number 04616 in scale. The clear parts could be a little better molded but overall it is an excellent kit. This one is armed with three Henschel Hs 293 glide bombs instead of the Fritz X weapons, but I believe Revell provides either option depending on the boxing. Decals are from Eagle Strike Productions sheet 72041 and represent an aircraft from II./KG 40 based at Bordeaux, France in 1944.

Upper surface camouflage is the standard bomber RLM 70 Black Green / RLM 71 Dark Green splinter pattern. The under surface colors are open to some interpretation, sources are not in agreement as to which colors were used. Here I have chosen RLM 77 Light Gray spots over an RLM 02 Gray Green base. Other possibilities are RLM 76 Lichtblau over RLM 65 Hellblau, or some combinations of these. It is hard to be certain using black and white photographs, it is also possible different combinations were used on different aircraft within the unit.

For anyone interested, build posts and sprue shots can be found here:

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16 responses

  1. Excellent modelling and top notch photography. I especially like the outdoors photos.

  2. Great looking bird. Nice interpretation of the colors. As you said hard to tell from black and white photographs. I have been looking for my own build and just can not be certain of any the camo patterns and colors. You did a real nice job with this one, and looks like you got the the canopy to fit really well.

  3. Wow! The main photo looks like a photo of an actual real live aircraft ! Great craftsmanship on the model & photographs..

  4. My favourite plane of all time !
    I have 2 in the works that I put aside untill I can give it justice like you did.
    Awesome ! Too bad none were preserved.
    The only part of one that I ever saw is part of the landing gear that was snagged In a fisherman’s net of off Oostende Belgium where it was shot down during “ Steinbock”
    Its in the army museum in Brussels now.
    Thanksgiving for sharing.

  5. Very nice work on the model and great photos.

  6. Great looking 177!

  7. Very nice model and I agree on the quality of the kit. I built one some years ago and what a unique aircraft.

  8. Great photoshoot of this beautiful model, Jeff.
    Even in 1/72 I guess it will still be a big plane.

  9. Looks good Jeff, well done, nice pic's.

  10. Jeff, this is simply outstanding work that stands up beautifully under your camera's eye. Congratulations on making a good kit into an excellent representation of the He177!

  11. A truly excellent model, Jeff, as usual!
    That's an outstanding job, and I love your colors interpretation.
    I 've got my one half finished, with the Fritz-x missiles and the interesting camo of light green-gray (RLM02?) top with dark(er) green lines that have the same pattern as yours, over light blue (RLM65? 76?). Looks nice and strange and I hope to find a gap in my builds to sneak it in and finish it.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Thanks for the kind words guys, much appreciated!

  13. Well done Jeff, nice photography as well. I like it

  14. Great build! Love the scheme you selected, and didn't realize you brought the spots all the way around the bottom until I saw the underside - very interesting! Looks great.

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