ICM's 1/48th He-111Z1 Twin Bomber, Glider Tow
This has been quite the adventure, and first off I want to thank my good friend Ed for getting this kit for me. I would have to say that overall I thoroughly enjoyed this kit. This is basically two complete airplane kits in two boxes with extra parts to join them together. In general the fit is good, the detail excellent and the engineering pretty damn nice. That said, I did struggle with a number of parts that were warped, worst of all was that one complete set of clear parts were warped. Since the cockpit glazing is which is over a half a dozen parts to put together. I used hot water to try and get the curve closer to correct and while I was successful to a point the glazing crazed, and from certain angles is very evident. I had to get used to the soft plastic ICM molds in, and I am still not sure if I like, I guess I will have to build another one of their kits to find out...can you say B-26?
This is a big kit when all done with a wingspan of just over 29 inches (740mm). That is a lot of plastic to paint, and I am fairly happy with the results. I do know that I love the Mr Color line of lacquer paints. They spray so nicely and I am not an expert on colors, in fact I try to stay out of those debates, it can get pretty nasty. I compared it to my Monogram He111 and while the colors are a bit different, they still look right.
I was hoping to get the Glider that ICM released early this year, but world events have made that highly unlikely. Till saner heads prevail here is the Glider Tug for the Luftwaffe during WWII.
If you want to see what it takes to build this thing, you can see the Build Blog here: https://imodeler.com/groups/imperial-german-air-service-luftwaffe-group-build-may-1st-1910-to-present-day/forum/topic/he-111z-1-zwilling-1-48-icm-kit/
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