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1/48 Tamiya Fieseler Fi 156C Storch, North Africa, 1942 (Complete)

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1/48 Tamiya Fieseler Fi 156C Storch, North Africa, 1942 (Complete)
Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, February 25, 2023 6:10 PM

This next project, keeping with the MTO theme, is Tamiya's Fieseler Fi 156C Storch. The subject is SF+RL, which is on the box cover. However, rather than a RLM78 wave mirror pattern over RLM79, I decided to depict an RLM79 wave mirror pattern over a RLM70/71 splinter scheme.


There's some interesting research that suggests this scheme, and the photos, although it's difficult to tell, support this pattern. 


The build for this kit is unique in that Tamiya molded the clear side windows into the gray plastic fuselage side panels. In addition, the kit uses a metal wing spar and metal support struts for the landing gear for strength. 

I decided to build and paint the fuselage, wings and stabilizers separately for ease of painting and decaling. 


The build was straightforward but required a little extra TLC to get the alignment right. 


The RLM65/70/71 splinter pattern was painted using Mr. Color lacquers. The wave mirror pattern in RLM79 was painted using Mission Models acrylics with my H&S airbrush with 0.15 nozzle.


The Tamiya kit profile was used as the primary guide for painting the splinter and wave mirror patterns. 


The gloss coat and decals were straightforward. An oil wash was applied to highlight the panel lines.



A flat coat was followed by some light overspray of sand color on the undersides and streaks on top to tone down the stark white and black markings. AK weathering pencils were used for various highlights, chips and scratches. 



Cleaning up the canopy interior took quite a bit of time due to poor masking on my part -- the open door is a complex shape and I could have done a better job sealing the edges. 


Overall, it was a nice kit that went together well and I'm happy with how the camo scheme came out. 

Thanks for looking. Comments and critiques always welcome.

  • Member since
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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, February 25, 2023 7:38 PM


Looks like it's a very nice build and I like the paint scheme a lot!

Thanks for sharing!


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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    December 2022
  • From: Canada
Posted by Tcoat on Saturday, February 25, 2023 8:37 PM

Beautiful. I am at a loss for words.

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    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Saturday, February 25, 2023 9:13 PM

Another amazing build Hoss! Toast Toast Toast

Stay Safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

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Posted by patrick206 on Sunday, February 26, 2023 1:41 PM

Great job, outstanding build quality, getting all of those strut details done so cleanly wasn't easy. Thanks for the post and photos, Hoss.




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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, February 26, 2023 7:51 PM

Awesome job Hoss!


God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, February 26, 2023 8:00 PM

Wow, what a great job.  And now I have a Storch in my wish list ;)



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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, February 27, 2023 10:14 AM

Great work on this one. I have this in the stash and I have also painted this type of scheme before so I have mad respect for anyone willing to do it. It is not a good time to paint these, but it looks amazing. So well done. Congrats on a great project.


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