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COMPLETED - Revell 1/32 Heinkel He 111 P-1 WIP

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COMPLETED - Revell 1/32 Heinkel He 111 P-1 WIP
Posted by Aggieman on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 11:21 AM

I am currently building this beast.

So far this is a real nice kit.  Loaded with details with more than 400 parts but without a pricetag on a comparable 32nd scale kit from Trumpeter or Tamiya.  This is actually the second consecutive foray into the world of 32nd scale (last built Revell/Special Hobby's P-39D in this scale).

There is actually a story for the reasoning to build this particular kit.  My mother travelled to Paris, France on several occasions during her life.  She loved all things Paris and France even though our family lineage contains no French heritage (we are actually partly German).  After one of her last trips she decorated her guest bathroom with all these Paris themed knick-knacks, wall-hangings, etc.  She passed in 2011.  I recently acquired a whole lot of her stuff, including all the Paris stuff that she had in the bathroom.  My wife and I decided to honor my mom by decorating our guest bathroom as she had hers.  But my wife (she is a great woman) had an additional suggestion that would put my stamp on the bathroom - knowing of my disdain for the French (this is another conversation but let's just say that while I love looking at French architecture I have little respect for France militarily), my wife suggested putting a German bomber in the bathroom.  It's not really historically accurate, as I don't believe German bombers ever attacked Paris as they did London, for instance.  

I still find it hard to believe m wife actually suggested this, but there is no way I'm turning that down.  So I went through my stash of German aircraft - lots to choose from.  ICM's 48th scale Dorniers (Do 17 Z-2 and Dornier 215 B4 I think), Revell's 32nd scale He 111 P-1 and Ju 88, Monogram's He 111 H-22 with a V-1 slung under its wing, Monogram's 48th scale Pro-Modeler Arado Ar 234C, and MPM's 48th scale Heinkel He 177 A-5.  To me the quintessential German bomber was the He 111, so then it became a question of which kit.  The Monogram was a late-war version while the P-1 would have been available during June 1940.  Even though it is a huge kit (almost as big as the old Monogram B-17, 48th) this is the kit I chose to build.  My bathroom Heinkel.

So here are pictures of my progress.  I am getting more bench time these days due to being out of work, so when that status changes I expect that my bench time will be limited.  

I have completed the cockpit, painted internal structures and walls, done some weathering with Flory wash, and am now ready to start masking the many windows.  That's gonna take some time.

Here is the wash applied to the runners along the fuselage.  I need to tone this down a bit.

Once I have toned down this wash I will spray it with a flat clear to get rid of the shine.

Cockpit shots.  I am happy with how this part of the build has turned out.  I added the wiring to the control column and the foot pedals, but otherwise everything will be OOB.  I weathered the door panel that the bombardier lays on by laying down a coat of Tamiya flat brown then dry-brushing black streaks.

An instrument rack located amid-ship.

The only negative I have seen thus far on this kit is an inordinate amount of highly visible sink marks, especially spread throughout the fuselage.  I filled all those in and smoothed them out, but I have many more on various other parts that I expect to be visible through the bomb bay or the wheel wells.  I will be tackling all of those probably while I am working on the window masking.

I hope to get this one completed soon but I will be more than happy to delay that if I am able to land my next job.

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 1:46 PM

I'll be wathcing this. I've got the H-6 kit in the stash, so will be interested to see how this builds. Some nice work so far.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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Posted by claudez on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 4:34 PM
Do yourself a favor. Montex makes a mask set for this kit that includes both inner and outer canopy masks. Highly worth the 20 bucks or so it goes for. Masks are black vinyl
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Posted by Hunter on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 4:41 PM

AM - 

It's looking great, and some real nice detailing going on there.

Hunter 

      

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  • From: Borlando Fla home of the rat
Posted by TREYZX10R on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 6:05 PM

Off to a great start,the office looks really good!

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Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 7:55 PM

You're doing a excellent job on this build.  You have a great eye for detail.

Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

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Posted by Aggieman on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 9:52 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind comments.

i would love to get those masks, as well as a set of seat belts but given my current employment status, that kind of purchase is simply not in the budget. The pilot's seat belt is pitiful at best, and there is nothing provided for the bombardier's seat. It does look pretty barren in that regard.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 6:48 AM

WOW the office looks terrific !

On the seat belts, you can make your own with bits of aluminum foils. They look pretty good all painted up and you can scrape the paint off to simulate the buckles.

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 9:48 AM

So far so good .you going to paint it in standard 70/71/65 ?

 

 

 Nick.

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Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 10:31 AM

crown r n7

So far so good .you going to paint it in standard 70/71/65 ?

 

Indeed I am.

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Posted by JOE RIX on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 11:49 AM

Nice work so far on the office. I really like your detail painting. Well done.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 4:33 PM

Today I have managed to complete quite a bit on the big one-eleven.  I started by masking all the individual windows scattered throughout the fuselage, a left-over from this bomber's origin as a civilian airliner.  This was a pretty time-consumming task, and I have not even gotten to the windows found in the underside gondola nor any of the forward greenhouse or other windows.  Geesh.  Yes, I should have just gotten the Montex mask set but hobby expenses are difficult to justify to the wife at the moment.  To maintain my sanity, I used a Sharpie to number each masked window in case I managed to mix any of them up before installation.

There are a number of details to install in the fuselage that will be largely unseen - a lot of ammo cartridges and other stuff.  I painted everything as if all that detail will be fully visible and installed to their designated locations.

Then I completed the tail wheel, which must be installed prior to closing up the fuselage. The gear was a bit fiddly even in 32nd scale, and proved to be somewhat difficult to align properly when I was closing up the fuselage halves.  But I knocked that out after a few minutes of dry-fitting and then fiddling with a long set of tweezers to force the alignment.

Then came the fuselage halves.  There is a lot of real estate here.  I am using Tamiya liquid cement, so capillary action was my best friend during this stage.  I had a couple of difficult moments when one of the interior bulkheads decided it did not want to align properly into the molded-in groove on the adjacent fuselage half.  That caused me a bit of consternation until I was able to see what was going on.

Any way, here are some photos of my progress.

Next up will be the bomb bay.  I have some sink marks to address followed by a coat of RLM 02 and weathering. 

 

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Posted by silentbob33 on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 7:11 PM
This is looking really nice! I've seen a few of these kits around and have been thinking about picking one up. About how big is the wingspan?

On my bench: Academy 1/35 UH-60L Black Hawk

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Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 7:41 PM

silentbob33
This is looking really nice! I've seen a few of these kits around and have been thinking about picking one up. About how big is the wingspan?
 

Looks like it will be right about 28". It is very close in size to the Monogram B-17 in 1/48

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 8:31 PM
An He 111 in the bathroom. What a cool idea! I hope it's a big bathroom. Looking great so far.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by silentbob33 on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 9:01 PM

Aggieman

 

 
silentbob33
This is looking really nice! I've seen a few of these kits around and have been thinking about picking one up. About how big is the wingspan?
 

 

 

Looks like it will be right about 28". It is very close in size to the Monogram B-17 in 1/48

 

That's a bit smaller than I was thinking for 1/32, but I'm glad to hear it since I should be able to fit it on a shelf.  Now to convince my wife I need this kit...

On my bench: Academy 1/35 UH-60L Black Hawk

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Posted by Aggieman on Thursday, March 31, 2016 3:39 PM

I think I have found the weak spot of this kit. The engine nacelles. There are no engines included, but the pieces that make up the nacelles have little in the way of sturdy connection points - just a thin rail of plastic to align the adjoining piece to. I did manage to get them together after much dry-fitting.

Now I am looking at how they will attach to the wings, and this is where it is getting especially tricky. There is a connection plate that will form the entrance roof of the big radiator found beneath the nacelle directly in front of the gear bay. Again, there is not much of a connection point. With the way all this aligns, there are big gaps along either side that are to filled with panels that adhere to the curvature of the wing's leading edge and form the rear underside of the nacelles. From dry-fitting this looks like it is going to be a real patience tester! But I was just able to get one part placed so hopefully this will be much ado about nothing.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, March 31, 2016 9:13 PM

Nice mix for that tire black!

 

 

 Nick.

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Posted by Aggieman on Thursday, March 31, 2016 9:24 PM

It was actually just dunklegrau - dark gray

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Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, March 31, 2016 9:25 PM

I'm sold on that

 

 

 Nick.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Friday, April 1, 2016 7:12 AM

Beautifuly done interior !  I looked at it for the third time already...amazing.YesBeer

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Aggieman on Friday, April 1, 2016 5:14 PM

I would chime in with a lame April Fool's joke, but nah, I'll let that one go.  

It was a good day for modeling.  Pleasant weather here in SE Texas, so I spent the vast majority of my day at the bench.  I feel like I knocked out a lot of this build but in truth there is still a long way to go.

I started by completing the engine nacelles and underside radiators.

Next came both the wheel bays.  I started by sludging a Flory wash and cleaning up most of it.  Then I put these parts together.  These bays comprised 5 major pieces, not counting the small cylinders in the bays themselves.  They were a bit fiddly, much like the nacelles, but with a little patience and some tape, I was able to get them together.

I then turned my attention to the bomb-bay.  These are cages where the bombs are hoisted nose upward into.  There is a hook at the nose of the bomb where, presumably, there is a catch inside the cage to hold the bomb from.  That detail is not represented in the kit.  The parts are fiddly as well, with not a whole lot in the way of solid attachment points for the inner partitioning walls, but like everything else in this kit, just a little patience goes a long way.  Once everything was constructed I had to do some touch-up painting on the RLM 02 followed by some soot smudges from Tamiya weathering pastels.

Next up was to attach the engine nacelles to the wing.  This kit features a lower wing section with the base of the nacelles and wheel wells.  The outer wing sections are separate parts.  To attach the nacelles, there was only a handful of small locating tabs. There were side-wall pieces that were a bear to fit into place, but once I determined how they were designed to fit, I was able to get them all into place looking reasonably accurate.  I spent a lot of time online looking at other build photos of this part to verify I was approaching it correctly.  

This is also where I ran into a head-scratching problem with a couple of kit parts.  During some of my research of online build reviews, I noted more than once that people had trouble installing what could be firewalls into the nacelles (I say could be because it looks more like a simple bulkhead, not a firewall but is located where I would expect a firewall to exist).  The build reviews indicated that if you followed Revell's directions, you would encounter issues fitting the nacelles correctly.  I never could recreate that problem, but I ran into one of my own.  These parts did not seem to fit anywhere near where they were supposed to go.  It looked as if they were to snuggle into a narrow slot between the flat horizontal plate at the rear of the nacelle and the bottom of the radiator.  They also did not appear to be parts that would ever be visible.  So when I was unable to determine exactly how these parts were to be installed, I simply decided to not install them.

This also leads me to my only true gripe about this kit (everything else is more builder related).  The instructions.  I have noted more than one instance where the instructions indicate part numbers that do not exist.  Or there are part numbers that are reversed from how they should actually be installed.  Or they indicate that there will be a locator tab or something where there is not one.  On a kit with this many parts the instructions should be of better quality.

Anyway, so here is my work on the nacelles.

On these two shots I was trying to get the radiator grill but all you can see is a black blob in there.  I am shooting with an external flash but even that would not shoot any light into that part of the build.

Here are the wheel bays installed.

Here are the bomb-bay cages installed.

I had to build a bomb with the fins installed to verify that I could get the bombs into the cages after installing the cages.  They are a tight fit but they do get into the cages through the bomb-bay slots.  I really wasn't ready to fire up the airbrush today to paint all those bombs plus decal and weather them when I had a goal of getting the wing section attached to the fuselage today.

Wing attached and taped/clipped to dry.

Gotta check the dyhedral.  It looks correct based on all the photos I have looked at.

While I don't relish being out of work, I do like that I have more time to spend at the bench and actually appear able to knock out this beast in a pretty quick time (which of late would be considered NOT par for the course for me).

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Posted by Aggieman on Saturday, April 2, 2016 2:27 PM

She is beginning to look like a Heinkel - a menacing German medium bomber.  I told my wife last night that there are probably quite a few people who would have familiarity with this old warbird if they have seen obvious movies like Battle of Britain or Patton, but also with unsuspecting movies like Pearl Harbor or even The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  I'm sure this aircraft has been featured in other movies but those are the four that I can think of off the top of my head.

So today I put together all the flying surfaces - the wings, control surfaces, flaps, rudder and horizontal stabilizers.  This beast is sucking down Tamiya liquid cement like a sailor on leave.  I am impressed that most of the pieces have gone together with little hint of seams.  I did find a need for filler along the engine nacelles and the wing roots, but now that I have assembled the outer wing surfaces, I have found a major complaint with this kit.

The outer wings have very small tabs to help align, and quite a bit of surface area, but even with that, there is a chasm along the underside where the outer wing connects to the inner wing.  The dihedral eliminates most of a gap along the upper surface.  Perhaps it is more me than the kit but in looking at the pieces I don't see where there is any additional plastic on the lower wing pieces that could have eliminated the gap. Oh well, I have plenty of filler currently available for use to fix that problem.

So here are a few pictures, including one where I am holding the beast with an extension rule to demonstrate how big this thing is.

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Posted by silentbob33 on Sunday, April 3, 2016 7:18 AM
Very cool! I can't wait to see more

On my bench: Academy 1/35 UH-60L Black Hawk

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Posted by knox on Sunday, April 3, 2016 8:13 AM

   I am really enjoying your wip on this plane, and I love the picture which shows how big the plane is.  It is a monster!  Thanks for posting and I hope you find your dream job soon.      gk  

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Posted by Aggieman on Sunday, April 3, 2016 1:16 PM

knox

   I am really enjoying your wip on this plane, and I love the picture which shows how big the plane is.  It is a monster!  Thanks for posting and I hope you find your dream job soon.      gk  

 

Thanks Knox.  I am actually surprised at how large this is.  I built a 48th scale one-eleven many years ago and while that is a pretty large kit, this 32nd scale kit dwarfs it as if it is a 72nd scale build.  As for the job, I hope to land something in the next couple of weeks with an interview scheduled for this week.

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Posted by Aggieman on Monday, April 4, 2016 6:22 PM

After taking yesterday off, very modest progress today.  

I had issues affixing the outer wings to the inner wings.  I believe I relayed that in an earlier post.  In any event there were significant gaps on the underside - the starboard wing I will refer to as the Grand Canyon, and the port wing I will refer to as Valles Marineris (this is the huge canyon on Mars that dwarfs our own Grand Canyon).

Grand Canyon:

Valles Marineris:

My first thought on dealing with these two canyons was to use sheet styrene to help fill in the gap prior to filling with putty.  Unfortunately I was not able to get significant amount of styrene into the gap to adequately assist in filling the gap due to this next issue, that I was only able to see when gazing through my optivisor:

Note how the lower wing panel is significantly out of alignment with the curve of the inner lower wing panel.  The parts were assembled as per specs, and this is not present on the opposite wing.  I am not sure if this is a molding problem or the result of builder error. Argh.  Fortunately this is not going to be noticable once I display it in the bathroom, as it will be hanging on the wall from its tail gear.  I went ahead and filled both gaps with a good bit of putty, resulting in this:

I am getting to the point now that I need to start addressing seams and finishing external construction so that I can prep for painting.  I am beginning to work on the seam that is running along the length of the fuselage while working on the underside gondola - masking and installing windows.  In the next few days I plan to finish all the seam work and start the time-consuming process of masking the main windows, of which there are a lot in this aircraft.

And now I am starting to focus on the bombs, getting those prepped for final construction - installing the braces found along the fins - and then painting, decaling and weathering.

 

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Monday, April 4, 2016 7:04 PM

Just catching up on this build,that office looks awesome! That thing is going to be a Monster! Looking forward to the next update.

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Posted by UKguyInUSA on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 4:43 PM

Great work so far, Aggieman, she's looking wonderful! I look forward to seeing you put her clothes on.

 

I love BIG birds....I just finished the Ju 88A-1 bomber which had a 22 inch wing span...not quite the size of that bird, though!

 

Keep having fun!

Cheers YesSmile

Martin

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Posted by Aggieman on Friday, April 8, 2016 8:21 PM

UKguyInUSA

Great work so far, Aggieman, she's looking wonderful! I look forward to seeing you put her clothes on.

 

I love BIG birds....I just finished the Ju 88A-1 bomber which had a 22 inch wing span...not quite the size of that bird, though!

 

Keep having fun!

Cheers YesSmile

Martin

 

I followed your work on that Ju88.  I thought your big bird turned out great.  I have that same kit in my stash and actually considered building it for the bathroom bomber, but the one-eleven won out because it is the warbird I most closely associate with both the Luftwaffe and the Battle of Britain.

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