Heinkel He 162 A-1 1/72 Revell (Ex-Lindberg) No. 4143 (1984 boxing)
I recently finished building a 1/72 Revell/Lindberg He-162. This should have been an easy build but I lost interest on it pretty early after I started the build. About 4 different builds got done before I got serious on this one again.
The goal on this build was the same from my other builds, to take an older kit and see how much I can add to bring it up some. I know there are better kits out there of the He-162 but I had this in my stash for over 30 years, I am currently still enjoying these old builds so why not!
On the first shot on the left side is the Lindberg kit that I built in 1973, the one on the right is my recent build of the same kit but from a Revell boxing.
To start off I scratch built the cockpit area in which also was involved with making the nose gear wheel well. For this to get done, I had to open up the cockpit area to make this all fit. Then I worked on some smaller items like adding antennas, air scoop for the cowling, flight control trim tabs, stall vanes and a tail skid. Lindberg’s canopy was very thick and distorted so I used a Squadron vacu-form replacement canopy for the Dragon He-162 kit. I had to do some trimming to make this fit the Lindberg kit. To me I felt it did make this area look a bit more correct and easier to see into the cockpit. The entire model was sanded down to get rid of the rivets since a good portion of this aircraft was made from wood.
Lindberg first released this kit in 1965 and to my eyes it does presents itself as a He-162 very well. At the end I was happy with this build. It looks happy on the self with the other builds.
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