Well, I am definitely asking myself “Self, WTF were you thinking?!” This has turned out to be a much easier project than I thought. That’s mostly due to it being a Vector Resins kit, since Sergey does the very best resin casting of anyone. Everything fits, and with care goes together easily.
I had to sand down the fuselage centerline seam, brought it up with an ultra-fine grit sanding stick, and only needed a very little bit of CA glue along the seam on the lower fuselage.
It really helped to pull out William Green’s “Warplanes of the Third Reich,” since there’s a 3-view of the airplane there, which helped get the angle of the gear and the angle of the struts on the wing right. You’ll notice i knocked off one of the cabane struts – yes, Virginia, this is a fragile kit. Fortunately, when I test-fitted the wing, it was obvious that strut would be OK and not noticed once painted.
The only aftermarket I am using is Eduard seatbelts in the pilot’s seat. There are molded belts there, but not really apparent.
Once I get the belts on the seat and the seat in the cockpit, and the incredibly-beautiful clear cast resin windshield and canopy on, it’ll be time to go paint. Discovered reading Green that the Hs-126s used in active service in the Spanish Civil War didn’t have that flashy splinter camo, just good old 70/71/65, much easier. The other was done after the war when they remained in Spanish service in Morocco.
5 attached images. Click to enlarge.