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Airfix 1/72nd He 111P-1 Complete

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Airfix 1/72nd He 111P-1 Complete
Posted by Bish on Sunday, June 16, 2019 10:19 AM

After doing the Airfix Phantom last year, i have been really looking forward to doing anotehr of their new tooled kits. Though the kit is a P-2, i am building it as a P-1 useing AM decals. Only differance is the radio's.

Right from the off, i saw this kit had some lovely detail. Having spent a few week scratch build the rear compartments of a hasegawa He 111Z, i was really pleased to see the level of detail in this kit. The Eduard PE does add nicely to whats already there.

As i am doing a pre war aircraft, i decided not to add the PE ammo drums. The Eduard Big Ed set included a bomb bay. But i felt the kit one was just fine for what can be seen through the windows. If i remember right, the Hase kits are completly empty here.

Also got PE added to the wheel wells.

And the cockpit parts and upper gun position ready for painting.

After painting with Xtracolor RLM 02, i used some flory washes and then some dry brushing.

Then the coloured PE, love this stuff.

With that, the fuselage was closed up and the mid lower wing section was added, complete with bomb bay and wheel well's. After that the cockpit was fitted and all the final bits added.

Then the upper wings were added. As with the rest, fit in nice, just a little filler at the front.

Thats it for now. Really liking this kit. Deffinetly surpasses the Hase kit. better detail, nice fit and a good bit cheaper.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, June 16, 2019 7:09 PM

Nice 

Nick.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, June 16, 2019 7:11 PM

Looks real nice, Martin.

John

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Posted by The Drifter on Sunday, June 16, 2019 7:17 PM

It looks absolutely amazing Bish, and once again great work of the pit and interior. Detail is on point. I will be along for this one also!

Jeff

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, June 17, 2019 10:20 AM

Good Lord!!! The amount of detail that's in this thing is mindblowing!!!

 Keep 'er comin' Bish!!

                   

 

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Posted by Bish on Monday, June 17, 2019 1:20 PM

Cheers guys. This kit is very well detailed, deffinetly not what i would have expected from Airfix just a few years ago. Ashide from a touch of dry brushing, i really can't take much credit. The kit and pre coloured PE does all the work.

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Posted by Real G on Monday, June 17, 2019 1:27 PM

Bish,

How would you rate the Aifix kit versus Hasegawa's?  What are the Airfix kit's strong points?  And will Airfix ever do a Zwilling?  Stick out tongue  I was considering the Hasegawa He-111Z.

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Posted by Bish on Monday, June 17, 2019 1:40 PM

G, given the price difference, about £10, and the extra detail in the Airfix kit, i would rate it above the Hase kit, though of course the Airfix kit is much more recent. Not sure they would do a Z. When it comes to German stuff, Airfix do seem to stick to the more mainstream options. But they kight just surprise us.

The Hase Z is nice, just the rear is empty. But it has everything else, including the tow points, which the Italeri missed.

Its just damned pricey, i wouldn't mind the Bomber version though.

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 4:44 PM

Short update on the 111. Most of the construction is done. I did have some issues with the fit of the outer lower wings and the engines. The latter i think caused by the former. I hate it when i have issues with a kit that are not mentioned in reviews as it makes me think i have done something wrong. And is often the case, i can't figure out what. But after some filling and sanding it all in place.

The bomb bay doors are also a bit small, but that deffinetly is not somthing i have done.

A few bits of PE to add and the canopy to fit and mask and it will be ready for painting.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:45 AM
Wow Bish! Love the cockpit. It could easily be mistaken for 1/48. I'll be watching this one.

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:03 AM

Cheers LD. The PE really helps.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:10 AM

Bish . awesome job . What paint scheme are you doing? A 1940 perhaps.

Nick.

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:56 AM

Cheers Nick. No, i am doing a 1938 aircraft in the 4 colour camo.

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:41 AM

You are so good a making this small kits look so big. I love the work you do is this scale. Very nice indeed.

BK

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 10:09 AM

Thanks Brandon., much appreciated.

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Posted by Bish on Monday, July 15, 2019 3:28 PM

Assembely was done and everything masked up ready for painting.

One of the things i have always like about this scheme is the contrast between the light grey RLM 63 and the 2 darker colours. When i painted the 63 i used the last of my older tins of Xtracolor. After adding the other 2 and removing the masks i noticed a couple of spots i had not masked properly and had some darker overspray. So i grabbed a newer tin of 63 and to my horror noticed it was a completly different colour, a darker grey green. Xtracolor have a habit of changing the shade of certain colours.So i sprayed a bit on to see just how different it was, knowing i didn't have any of the ligter colour left.

Before commiting i did a bit of checking. It turns out that 63 did come in the 2 shades and the grey green one is correct for this scheme. It explains some of the profiles in some of the books i have. So, i completly re-masked and re-did the 63. I'm a bit gutted as i did like the other colour, but i am geting used to it.

Next up the decals.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, July 15, 2019 4:41 PM

Looks nice, Martin, and so does the 109.  Those darn Germans and their colors, it's like their long term plan was to drive us modelers nuts.

John

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 4:18 AM

Thanks John. I was woundering myself why i do German aircraft and if this wasn't some cunning plan to drive us all bonkers.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 8:08 AM

Bish

Thanks John. I was woundering myself why i do German aircraft and if this wasn't some cunning plan to drive us all bonkers.

 

Mister I think you are correct on that there my good buddy Martin. This lil' guy is looking GREAT!!

                   

 

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 10:22 AM

mustang1989

 

 
Bish

Thanks John. I was woundering myself why i do German aircraft and if this wasn't some cunning plan to drive us all bonkers.

 

 

 

Mister I think you are correct on that there my good buddy Martin. This lil' guy is looking GREAT!!

 

 

Cheers Joe. Trust the Germans to get the last laugh.

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, July 21, 2019 5:08 AM

Time to wrap this one up. The decals went down nicely, a mix of Xtradecal for the markings and Airfix for the stencils. These were followed by exhaust staining and a light flory was.

The masks were then removed and finals bits added. The D/F loop was sctarch built with a bit of wire as the P-2 was not fitted with this and so the kit didn't have one.

The markings are a little confuseing. The unit badge and tail code 25 indicate KG 152, the E33 assigning it to the 3 Staffel, 3 Gruppe. But this Gruppe didn't operate the He 111. From what i can find, and according to the decal instructions, it belong to KG 255 and one source says it was one of a number loaned to 152 to make a properganda movie. Apparently this was called KG Lutzow, but from what i can find this was made in 1940. So maybe it was started in 38 and then finished off in 40 after the invasion of Poland, which is part of the movie.

And of course, a properganda movie would not be complete without a camerman there to capture the brave crew about to head out, maybe discussing who's going to be the star of the show.

Really pleased with how its turned out. A few fit issues, the canopy isn't perfect. But overall, a nice kit. And deffinetly a match for the more pricey Hase kits.

Thanks for looking.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, July 21, 2019 11:41 AM

That is a cool looking bird. No angular edges, all gentle curves with fluid shapes. I don't think I' have ever seen this color combo either. It looks very nice and is well done. You are a master of 1/72. My hats off to you, Sir.

BK

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, July 21, 2019 12:04 PM

Nice out of the ordinary livery on this one!  I thoroughly enjoyed my Airfix 111 experience and it looks like you did too. 

Chad

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, July 21, 2019 2:46 PM

Thanks BK. Some of these pre war schemes do seem to have the harder edge with sharp angles, Stuka's seemed to carry that style. But i do like this style more.

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, July 21, 2019 2:47 PM

Thanks Chad, and yes i did. I would get another so i can do a P-2 in BoB livery.

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Posted by Real G on Sunday, July 21, 2019 2:55 PM

Nice one Bish!  As others have said, good to see a paint scheme other than the usual RLM 71/70/65.

A quick question - all your models get lovely bases, so is display space at a premium?

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, July 21, 2019 2:59 PM

Thanks G.

Not at the moment, i try and keep the bases as small as possable, dio allowing. Every spare inch of spare wall in my model room is shelf space, and when i put them up i worked out how much space i needed between shelfs to get as many in as possable. I am still good for a few years yet.

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, July 21, 2019 3:32 PM
Vunderbar Bish. Really like this scheme

 

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, July 21, 2019 3:40 PM

Thanks TJ.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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Posted by Real G on Sunday, July 21, 2019 3:44 PM

Bish,

Your present collection must look quite amazing!  I have noticed that when there is a unifying theme of any sort, a model collection looks more impressive.

My kit collection has one unifying theme - dust!  How so much gets in the cabinet I have no idea.

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