SEARCH FINESCALE.COM

Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

MPM 1/48 Heinkel He 177A-5 Greif - Complete

1497 views
37 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Posted by Aggieman on Monday, October 12, 2020 10:02 AM

keavdog

Looking sharp

 

Thanks John!

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Posted by Aggieman on Monday, October 12, 2020 10:23 AM

I'm calling the Greif done.

The old decals did not stand up well to the chemical compound we call water.  I found more recent decals from the Hobby Boss Bv 141 and was able to pick out a couple of Balkenkreuzs from that sheet (I had used a Montex Mask for the markings on that build). I ended up using the white Balkenkreuzs for the upper wings that came on the MPM sheet, but that didn't match the markings guide.  The MPM sheet contained a broken-in-half swastika that I could not get down properly, so I went back to my spares box for a sheet of various sized swastikas that I bought way back in the 90s, and these worked just fine.

I opted against doing any of the stencils and wing walk markings after my first attempt somehow one of the wing walks managed to adhere to my finger rather than the kit without my noticing it ... by this time I was ready to just walk away from the whole thing.  Instead, I settled down and decided my Greif didn't need any of those markings, as it already is somewhat of a fictitious build anyway.

The decal issue really ticked me off.  Along with all the other issues this kit has (most of which I was able to deal with to a barely satisfactory level, at least), the decal issue was the final straw.  How hard is it to get this right?  That soured me on the entire build, and I just decided to go ahead and put the finishing touches on it.

A couple of self-inflicted issues that I noticed:  when I removed the masking from the canopy, I found a swoosh of glue stain on one of the window interiors.  No idea how that got there, and short of ripping the canopy off, buying an aftermarket one and re-doing, there's nothing I can do about it.  Also, the instructions were often unclear on how certain parts were to go together.  Take, for instance, the complicated landing gear struts.  Each strut is comprised of 4 pieces.  The primary strut part does include some raised detail that I took as to where to install the part to which the tire attaches, but apparently I placed that wrong on the outboard starboard strut.  The tire is flayed out at such an angle that it would never function as intended.  Of course, by the time I noticed, the strut was already affixed into position in the wheel well.  I could have made an attempt at fixing it, but my thought process, clouded as it was by the decal issue, was that if I damaged the strut in such a way so as to make repair unlikely, I'd be faced with the prospect of an unfinishable model, or one that I would HULK SMASH.  I decided to leave everything as is.

I doubt that I'll ever build another MPM kit given my experience with this one.  But I'm glad to have a 48th scale build of Nazi Germany's one fully operational heavy bomber. The Greif sizes out equivalent to the Monogram B-17, to give you an idea of how big this kit is.  She was too big to fit into my photo booth, so I had to set up the studio a little differently than normal to be able to take pictures that don't include the wall behind my work bench.

I'm going to take a week off from the bench, but I do still plan to build at least 3 more kits this year, starting with Trumpeter's 1/32 F6F-3 Hellcat.

 

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 5:46 AM

After following this build. And seeing the issues you had. I would call this finish a win. Is it a contest winner? No. But it still looks good.  

and I like you said you now have a German heavy bomber in 48th on display

 

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 10:11 AM

tempestjohnny

After following this build. And seeing the issues you had. I would call this finish a win. Is it a contest winner? No. But it still looks good.  

and I like you said you now have a German heavy bomber in 48th on display

 

I agree with all of that.

I think it was a difficult effort that was worth it just to have this bomber on display near my Allied heavies.  I first got interested in this bomber just from a quick view of what appears to have been 177s attacking a department store in Stalingrad in the movie Enemy at the Gates.  Later, there was a sequence involving a crashing 177 in the movie Allied.  So, there is a bit of knowledge of the existence of this big bomber in the popular media, and it really is a good-looking warbird.

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 5:26 PM

Well, it's somewhat appropriate that it is an imperfect kit of an imperfect airplane, Stephen.  It looks pretty good in the pictures.

Those were probably Propagteam decals.  I'm not sure I've ever got that brand to work, I usually bin them at the outset now.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Posted by Aggieman on Thursday, October 15, 2020 10:15 AM

jeaton01

Well, it's somewhat appropriate that it is an imperfect kit of an imperfect airplane, Stephen.  It looks pretty good in the pictures.

Those were probably Propagteam decals.  I'm not sure I've ever got that brand to work, I usually bin them at the outset now.

 

Thank you, John, for your kind words.

I looked into buying after-market decals or a Montex Mask for this kit, but given my employment situation, that's just not really an option.

  • Member since
    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, October 15, 2020 1:50 PM

You made some really good time on this one. I had a couple of these in the stash including one with British markings, maybe one day I'll get another one and give it a go. These limited run kits are always so hit and miss but it looks like you tackled it and conquered it.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/35 Tamiya JSU-152

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Posted by Aggieman on Thursday, October 15, 2020 7:48 PM

Mopar Madness

You made some really good time on this one. I had a couple of these in the stash including one with British markings, maybe one day I'll get another one and give it a go. These limited run kits are always so hit and miss but it looks like you tackled it and conquered it.

 

Thank you Chad!  I actually expected this one to take longer than it did as I expected to run into problems related to the hit and miss you refer to for kits like this one.

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

SEARCH FORUMS
FREE NEWSLETTER
By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our Privacy Policy.