Fi 103 Reichenberg Re 4a + Kugisho Ohka model 11 1/32 scale from HPH models

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  • Michael Ezat said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    From Wikipedia :
    The Fieseler Fi 103R, code-named Reichenberg,
    was a late-World War II German crewed version of the V-1 flying bomb
    (more correctly known as the Fieseler Fi 103)
    produced for attacks in which the pilot was likely to be killed
    (as actually intended, for use of the Imperial Japanese Naval Air Service’s Ohka
    rocket-powered kamikaze suicide anti-ship missile)
    or at best to parachute down at the attack site,
    which were to be carried out by the “Leonidas Squadron”,
    V. Gruppe of the Luftwaffe’s Kampfgeschwader 200.

    The Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka (Oka, “cherry blossom”)
    was a purpose-built, rocket-powered human-guided kamikaze attack aircraft
    employed by Japan against Allied ships towards the end of the Pacific War during World War II.
    Although extremely fast, the very short range of the Ohka meant that it had
    to be carried into action as a parasite aircraft by a much larger bomber,
    which was itself vulnerable to carrier-borne fighters.
    In action during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945,
    Ohkas were able to sink or damage some escort vessels and transport ships
    but no major warships were ever hit.
    Improved versions which attempted to overcome the aircraft’s shortcomings
    were developed too late to be deployed. The Allied reporting name for the Ohka was “Baka”.

    Some words for the kit :

    It is dificult to say what I have in my hands : one model or two , one or two airplanes or rockets ? In any case , my hands are full of something unique , a multimedia , quality kit from a master , the famous HPH !
    This company have us been accustomed to “strange” themes , and this time he affirmed us solemnly .
    Remembering some oldest releases of resin model kits , I can easily discern the qualitative difference. Besides, this particular company has always been ahead of the competition .
    Casting is very clear of bubbles , scratches or molding imperfections and all the surfaces are full of fine details like scribed panel lines , rivets and hatches .
    Inside the main parts (fuselage) are presend some structure details and, which is rare for a resin kit, slots to allow pins to snap the pieces together perfectly.
    Wings are coming as two massive pieces (left-right) and have also two thick pins for right alligning .
    HPH offers all the cockpit parts for both planes , crystal clear resin canopies and two transport beds as display stands .
    As is to be expected, since it is a multimedia kit, there is plenty of photo etched parts , mainly for the cockpits and for the exterior of the planes as well for the beds and off course some metal parts (cylinder and turned) for the Ohka engines anfd for the Fi103 pitot .
    A belts set from HGW carries the pilot’s seat belts in fine laser cut fabric .
    A small fret contains all the decals needed and finally a set of vinyl painting masks
    are here for helping the painting proccess .
    The instructions comes as usual in a CD and are very illustrative .

    So , lets see analytically what’s in the box :

    * Two models of two different “airplanes”

    * Fine casting details on all surfaces , free of any trouble

    * Two transport beds (as display stands) documented and properly as well as the main models

    * Two frets of photo etched parts (some painted)

    * Metal parts

    * Very detailed cockpit

    * Crystal clear canopies

    * Clever engineered molding for easy fitting

    * All the necessary decals

    * Painting masks

    * Really unique theme (x2)

    * The joy of working with a quality model kit

    Link to product site :

    Link to instructions:

    So , back to bussines again !
    After the slightly adventurous building of the Tigercat , I felt the need for something new, before I grabbed in my hands again that forgotten Me262 that I have promised will definitely finish.
    Something relatively simple to build, enjoyable, easy to manage with a short of finishing time that will keep my hands busy and fit in the showcase that is slowly overflowing and asking for redistribution of exhibits , or ideally, new shelves.
    While staring at my stock, my gaze fell on this particular kit , which has remained there since I wrote model reviews , including HPH .
    Satisfies all the requirements I describe above + the fact that it is also within my favorite subject, at least in part, ie it is a WWII Luftwaffe theme .
    As usual I will try to build something beyond what is offered (this kit is ideal for something like that) and I present to you some of the schemes that I have in mind and I find interesting mainly regarding the German plane . I will probably end up with one of them unless a friend finds something even more unusual.

    To be continued soon …

    31 attached images. Click to enlarge.

  • Erik Gjørup said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    What a massive set of kits – looking forward to it!

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    What an entry, my friend @faraomike, and what spectacular kits!
    Looking forward to your progress!

  • John vd Biggelaar said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    Very interesting kits, Michael.
    Definitely going to follow your thread.

  • Michael Ezat said 1 month ago:

    PART 1 :
    As we say in Greece , the begining is half of everything , much better if it’s a good , easy begining .
    This kit (or set of kits) is the kind of kits they want to be build . All the parts fits correct with a minimum need of triming or filler , photo etched parts -even the most tiny – work together perfectly and and all the few surgeries that needed to be done , were made at once without difficulties and dramas .
    What needed to be done is :
    Some styrene sheet for better tail horizontals alignment , thickening by about 3 mm of the tail elevators (with a small piece or resin and then sanding) , small re-alignment of the holes that will fasten the wings and re-alignment of the lines on the front fuselage .
    All the other stages goes straight by the instructions booklet , like preparing cockpit parts for first color and finishing at once the engine .
    As you may see , the engine is fine detailed with 5 photo etched parts for the front and more 3 for the rear .
    After gluening the first pe front and all the 3 parts rear , I shoot them with matt black and then I do a light drybrushing with light gray in front and buff on the rear highlighting the details that are there as well as any wear .
    The next pieces that were glued forward, were highlighted with a pencil after they were previously painted with matt black too .
    Finally, some levers were prepared and left aside waiting for them to be installed and painted .
    So far , so good .
    This all happened on the first day, the rest is coming …

    15 attached images. Click to enlarge.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 1 month ago:

    This is such solid, great progress, my friend @faraomike.
    I am amazed by the level of detail.

  • Erik Gjørup said 1 month ago:

    Very fine progress for a first day!

  • John vd Biggelaar said 1 month ago:

    Your working on a very fine detail level, Michael.
    Great progress and looking forward to your next steps.

  • Michael Ezat said 1 month ago:

    Thank you guys , it seems like this COVID-19 lockdown is an excellent opportunity for modeling without time stress and therefore without sloppiness !

  • Michael Ezat said 1 month ago:

    PART 2 :
    Hello again , how are you there ? Back with second part of this enjoyable build .
    As you may see in pictures , everything goes fine and under control , giving fast results .
    The rocket-engine is ready for painting (will paint as separate part and then sit on the plane) , cockpit comes to a shape with a new scratch stick , ailerons are ready to go on wing and tail stabilizers are finished as well as elevators .
    Tail and rudder are coming toghether nice and the canopy is readi for masking and painting too .
    So , no more to tell for now , next part will have news about finishing the cockpit , closing the fuselage in one part and the building of the transposting cart .
    See you on the next update , have a nice day (or night) …

    8 attached images. Click to enlarge.

  • John vd Biggelaar said 1 month ago:

    Now that are fine looking details, Michael.
    A steady hand is definitely required.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 1 month ago:

    Those are some amazing details indeed, my friend @faraomike!
    Looking forward to your progress!

  • George R Blair Jr said 1 month ago:

    These look like some really interesting kits, Michael (@faraomike). I am really looking forward to the rest of the build.

  • Michael Ezat said 1 month ago:

    Yes George @gblair , are really interesting as well as simple and good (as) resin kits . Both are better than many injection kits , mainly if we talk about older releases .
    Especially for someone like me who wants to take a break from the very complicated kits and build something OOB , are perfect !

  • Erik Gjørup said 1 month ago:

    Very nice etch details there Michael!

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