One Four One, and All Thanks to Hobby Boss
How long is it appropriate to "finish" a gift after you receive it?
2014 to 2022? (Sorry pops)
At least I managed to actually get it done.
This is the Hobby Boss 1/48 Blohm und Voss BV-141 "tactical reconnaissance" aircraft, the failed prototype that lost out against the Focke-Wulf Fw189. It had problems. At the start it was not liked, being considered too radical. According to historian William Green, the technical division of the RLM saw it as a "degenerate expression of the designer's art." The hydraulics were a constant issue through it's life and even after redesign structural integrity and aerodynamic wobble hadn't been rectified. The V12, the aircraft I tried to represent, was sent for live fire trials: it was showed that the guns (that fired below the cockpit in troughs) leaked gun fumes into the cockpit. I get the feeling why they chose the 189.
Strangely enough, Hobby Boss... got this one right? Someone over there did their research, yet at the same time did not. The overall shape is strikingly accurate. The wing bulges over the landing gear, cockpit details (for the most part), even the bomb racks with one bracket. Odd details that were done correctly. And yet there are some details that are confoundingly wrong, such as the misshapen prop spinning in the wrong direction and the entire powerplant, the "power egg" which is iconic in mid to late Luftwaffe aviation. An oddball faux engine, a weird oblong landing light. Curious decisions were made.
My corrections include cutting out the faux engine and replacing it with a Tamiya spare. a Tamiya spinner, Ju-88 props with the tips cut, tightened cowl ring (the power egg shape is too far gone, but I left it alone out of brevity), adding these weird vanes under the wings, cut the tail wheel loose, squaring the landing light, and PE details in the cockpit. There's also a "rudimentary" line bomb sight strung in front of the pilot, to make things weirder.
How Hobby Boss can bungle something like a Hellcat and yet get something like a Blohm und Voss BV-141 (mostly) right is beyond me, but I'm glad they did.
Oh, PS, one was captured intact at the end of the war on the Soviet side and the Russians let a British pilot fly it. Captain Eric Brown has some amusing insight about the type. You can find his recount here: https://plane-encyclopedia.com/ww2/blohm-und-voss-bv-141/
Thanks for looking.