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Rareplane's 1/72 Heinkel He-112B

December 27, 2021 · in Aviation · · 22 · 1.6K

This build was made for a group build called, "in Serving Under Another Flag." and I built 's I/72 He-112. This is an early Rareplane kit that was released in 1971. I used the Spanish National markings from the Print Scale decals "Aces of the Legion Condor" part 2. Oberleutnant Harder's plane was the one that I made for this build.

The He-112 was a German pre-WWII design that was tested during the Spanish Civil War. When the war ended most stayed in Spain. On the 3rd of March 1943, a single Spanish B managed to damage an American Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter. Spain eventually used its He 112's up until the 1950s.

The Germans used their He-112 but were replaced by Bf-109's. The He-112 were also used by Romania, Hungary and the Japanese Navy had two.

I really enjoyed this build. It may not be perfect, but I am happy with the end results.

The complete build can be viewed here:

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22 responses

  1. Nice! I wouldn't have thought that it was a vacuform kit.

    • Thank you Robert. I feel Rareplane did a good job on the overall shape to be accurate. I think this helps out on the final build in not looking too much like a vacuform kit.

  2. To me it looks perfect, Bob @v1pro
    Especially for a vacuform kit and in 1/72 scale, the result is superb.
    Your thread was a pleasure to follow, it gave me some thoughts on how to tackle those vacuforms if I might start one.

  3. Great work on this Bob. I built this kit in the early 70's when I was into 72 scale. I did a dozen or so Rareplanes kits and really enjoyed them.

    • Dale, thank you. This was my second vac-form build, and both are Rareplane kits. I really enjoyed them both. I am hoping to build more in the near future.

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  4. Your build looks perfect indeed, Bob!
    You took a 1971 vacform kit and the result looks like it is an excellently built injected one!
    Your build thread was a joy to follow.
    Congratulations on such an inspirational build!

  5. A "dread vacuform" turned into a great model!

  6. Excellent work, Bob!

  7. You did a great job on this one, Bob!

  8. I'm impressed, how such hard to build vacuu kit was born into a model.

  9. Your He-112 looks very nice, Bob @v1pro ! Pretty amazing this was only your second vacu-formed kit. Almost makes me want to try one, almost.

    • Jay @ssgt thank you and by saying almost is better than saying only took me a bit over 45 years to finally make one...?

      I know this is not for everyone but I really enjoyed this a lot more than a few of my short run kits that I have built since I started building again last year.

      That said, thanks for following my build thread. I enjoyed that part of the build very much.

  10. Looks great! Love unusual aircraft. I've never seen the swastika on a Spanish scheme like that - interesting!

  11. Nice modelling Bob, well done.

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