HobbyBoss 1/48 Blohm & Voss Bv 141
My oldest son gave me this kit last Christmas. He is a graphic artist and has a penchant for “eccentric” vehicles. He thought I’d find it a fun build…and he was right.
This is one of the more exotic airplanes to come out of WW II. Though it never went into full production, it did push the envelope of aircraft design. My build represents the Bv 141 B-02(V10). This kit really was fun, and the fit was superb on all counts. Only a little CA glue was used to hide some very minor seams along the engine boom. I was initially concerned about the fit and construction of the cabin “pod” because it is almost entirely clear plastic, but this was not a problem. Thanks to Eduard for their masks. I doubt I would have had the patience to mask that pod myself and if I did, I doubt the results would have been as good. All paints used were Vallejo Air. Kit decals were used and worked nicely with Micro Sol/Set. The build was OOB except for 1) the pitot tube which I made from a 25 ½ gage hypodermic needle inserted into a 21 gage needle for the boom (I hate breaking pitot tubes), 2) the artificial lateral stability vanes in front of the ailerons which I made from wire and tape (thanks to Kyle Koppos for the hint).
I have read several complaints about this kit on various modeling forums, but here is my response:
1) The kit propellor rotates in the wrong direction and you need to “steal” one from a Fw 190 kit in your stash if you want it to be correct. That may be true in early versions of the kit, but in my case, the prop rotation was correct.
2) The engine exhaust ring has 16 stacks for an engine that had 14 stacks. Not a problem. I corrected this issue with my trusty sprue cutters and reference to actual photos (there aren’t many available). Though the results may not be perfect, I REALLY doubt there are many “rivet counters” out there that are experts on the Bv 141.
3) I’ve read comments that the kit landing light should be rectangular and not oval. That said, according to a photo and statement on page 36 of “The Blohm & Voss Bv 141, a Technical Guide” by Richard A. Franks, the landing light on the “B” model was moved to the left wing and was behind an OVAL glazing.
I hope you like it…
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