Last night I started building the older Monogram He-111. It was a trip down memory lane for me. The last time I build a He-111, it was the old / ancient Lindbergh kit that was molded in a green plastic. The box art had a He-111 that was flying and on fire if memory serves me correctly. The plane was peppered with bullet holes too, again relying on my memory. It had to be sometime in the early 1970’s when I built my first and only He-111.
I still don’t know how or why, but I never managed to get another 111 done.
Fast forward to the mid 1990’s, and I’m really getting back into the hobby. I noticed this Monogram He-111 in a local store and I promptly left with the kit under my arm, and my wallet was a few dollars lighter. I really wanted to get busy with building the older Monogram kit, (which was a brand new release back then), but one thing led to another and the model was placed in the stash pile, which wasn’t too big back then.
Fast forward to current day and the Monogram kit is still a good one, but it’s age is beginning to show, when you compare it to the latest release from ICM.
When I left off working on the ICM kit last, the tail wheel was the next step. So I cut the parts from the plastic trees and prepared them for assembly.
Here’s how it looks once glued together.
The inside of the fuselage half on the ICM kit has a triangular shaped plastic part that gets installed at the wing root area. This part adds the fuselage formers and stringers where the details were missing due to the molding process.
Here in these pictures, the triangular piece has been installed. As a comparison, I placed the Monogram fuselage on the top, while the ICM kit parts are below. One thing that really stands out to me is the fuselage side windows. I’m not a Heinkel “Experten”, but Monogram has two side windows, while the ICM kit has four………….
Is it possible that these planes are different versions of the H series ???
Or possibly manufactured by a different sub contractor’s factory under Heinkel’s license ???
The Monogram kit has you start construction with the cockpit. The first two assembly steps cover this.
Then the Monogram kit has you add two bulkheads and the tail wheel assembly. The fuselage side glass and gondola windows are also added at this stage. Then you glue the fuselage halves together.
Here’s a picture showing the Monogram fuselage halves.
I started out by cutting the parts needed for the Monogram cockpit from the trees. There are not as many pieces as in the ICM rendering.
I installed the pilot’s controls and linkages to the cockpit floor next.
Then I added the rudder pedals and associated control rods.
I built the pilot and bombardier seats next. The pilot’s seat is in the lower middle and has a large control wheel mounted on the side. The ICM kit does not have the control wheel.
The seats were installed next. Now the cockpit assembly is finished on the Monogram kit…….
I removed the fuselage bulkheads from the plastic trees, and prepped them for installation. I also assembled the Monogram tail wheel. Now everything is ready to go inside the fuselage halves for the Monogram kit.
It’s pretty basic, (by today’s standards), but it still looks like a He-111 to me.
This picture below shows all of the parts ready for installing in the Monogram kit.
This next picture shows the ICM tail wheel compared to the Monogram kit part.
The ICM part is on the left. If you look closely at the Monogram tail wheel, it has a flat spot to depict a weighted tire.
These next pictures show the Monogram fuselage with the bulkheads temporarily installed. These will come back out once I start painting.
These next photos show the differences between the ICM cockpit (shown on the right) and the Monogram kit (on the left side).
The ICM kit has better fitting parts, and more details. The older Monogram kit still looks like a Heinkel 111 to me, and was state of the art in it’s time. I was surprised at the flash present on some of the Monogram parts. It wasn’t bad by any means, but my kit was a 1995 release and the molds probably had not had too much use by this time.
Does this mean you should toss your older Monogram kit ???? I wouldn’t, as it still looks OK to me. Like anything, the more time you spend working on the little details, the better it should turn out in the end.
Thanks for following along so far.
I’ll try to get a new installment soon. Please stay tuned…………..
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