Tony’s under a fiver build - Heller 1/72 Heinkel he 112b

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Here’s one I picked up on eBay for £4.99 plus postage . It’s an interesting Heller kit of the Heinkel he 112 fighter. This attractive aircraft was runner up to the BF109 in the contest for a new German fighter in the early thirties and although slightly inferior to the 109 was still put into small scale production and ended up being used by the Condor legion and the Spanish in the civil war and the Hungarians and Romanians in WW2. It’s a nice little kit with reasonably detailed cockpit ( closed canopy only so no worries) and delicate raised panel lines . There are two decal options , a luftwaffe test machine and a Romanian one. I’ll be doing the Romanian as it’s a bit more colourful. Speaking of the decals , they are the usual Heller standard - dead Matt and quite yellowed carrier film , I’ve had them taped in a sunny window the last couple of days to try and fade the yellowing, I still think I might have to trim the excess carrier film off though .( hopefully not the white border of the st michaels crosses too ,like I did on the PZL p7 a a few years back !) Here’s a screenshot of the price and the box and sprues.


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Made a start today on this one, it’s a nice simple kit but has some delicate details . The fuselage has detail on the sidewalls that will come up nice with a bit of paint and the seat and IP should scrub up well too. The engine access panels are different according to which variant you’re doing , the Romanian 112b1 has the multiple ejector exhausts , the Luftwaffe 112b0 has just a single port on each side.
So off we go and here’s the results of a good few hours in the shed this morning, the cockpit came up ok and some belts have been added from Tamiya tape. I just guessed the colours as although there are some very good pics of He 112 cockpits on the web ,they’re all in black and white, so I went for RLM 02 and used a big dollop of artistic licence for the rest.AA70D153-3422-49EC-9756-39368A8EECA7.jpeg56A36446-8585-4CA2-8B55-917CE0965894.jpeg7318CCC6-5B66-4B7C-83FC-051F5D26D01B.jpegE6179AC9-8014-4AB6-A762-33FAC360036B.jpegAF15CEFC-616C-4780-8BAD-C8AA78326990.jpeg1A672173-B832-4623-87D4-50137507E496.jpegB2273088-B9F8-47A3-9E78-30FB1C9F2BA2.jpeg4055226A-916F-49C2-B6F0-E570A10CB14B.jpeg
 

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That looks a really nice little kit for it's age Tony. Is the He112 the fighter they tried to trick the British into believing they had squadrons of the things? It seems to ring bells for that reason, or I'm thinking of something else. It will look superb in the Romanian markings.
 

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That looks a really nice little kit for it's age Tony. Is the He112 the fighter they tried to trick the British into believing they had squadrons of the things? It seems to ring bells for that reason, or I'm thinking of something else. It will look superb in the Romanian markings.
Cheers joe , yes its a lovely little thing . It wasnt this one the germans tried to fool us with , it was the heinkel he 100d another small production run fighter. They did give it the fictional model number he113 though so that's probably what youre thinking . They only had about 20 of thrm but they took pictures of them at different bases to try and fool us onto thinking they had loads of them. Cheers tony
 

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This ones coming together quite nicely now . Got the main airframe together , only needing a smear of Vallejo acrylic putty in a couple of places and the raised panel lines re instated with a sharp blade . Ive now fitted the canopy and primed it all in white . I would usually use Halfords grey but the yellow areas ( under wing tips , fuselage band and rudder ) dont go well over grey . The rudder has the romanian blueish purple , yellow and red stripes but this isnt supplied as a decal so thats why its got a base of yellow. The yellow was then sprayed , masked and a quick ,very rough pre shade was then applied . 4B542123-5343-4DD5-840A-371E39C6B815.jpeg4D32033D-1779-45A8-959A-AF2601AA45A8.jpeg247FFAE2-FB4A-4574-8324-48271A110CC7.jpeg7EB15B06-BC94-4354-9F62-C4D60AC10A7E.jpeg0EA63567-1E15-44A2-9D54-90C1267DC3FF.jpeg9C8694CD-AE69-46AB-85F9-2E05FC0FE733.jpegAF260512-8B44-48A4-8E07-AF02D3D21869.jpegC620A98D-C770-47E6-8BE3-563DB8510D6C.jpeg
 

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motoring along nicely, owd lad!

Looking good...
Cheers mucker , I’m amazed at how quick it’s coming along, my builds usually take months . It’s a good looking plane except that the tailplanes are HUGE ! They look like they’re off something else ! Cheers tony
 

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Paint on now and the rudder has been painted in the blue yellow red , romanian colours . Its currently just had a first coat of klear , another thin coat going on later then tomorrow it should be ready for decals .70890EFA-353D-48A6-B71E-C81C7DF7831C.jpeg7E3F34B2-F223-45EC-80DD-D370B5DBF774.jpegE2A4B4EB-E28E-4C2F-83BD-F010F74EDAAB.jpegA4A7B67A-7B8D-4FFF-AC0E-CA868A64D77C.jpeg3E9CA1FD-2B43-4739-8B27-A5E0FCF940E9.jpeg
 

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Now that's interesting. I had read, that the elliptical wing of the Spitfire, was ermm sort of borrowed from the Germans by a chap who had worked in Germany, but was now employed by Supermarine.
Anyway, model wise, looking great.
 

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Now that's interesting. I had read, that the elliptical wing of the Spitfire, was ermm sort of borrowed from the Germans by a chap who had worked in Germany, but was now employed by Supermarine.
Anyway, model wise, looking great.
Yes from the plan view the shape could be a spitfire , except of course for those huge tailplanes !
 

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Decals on , undercarriage fitted and final bits added ( pitot , aerial ,nav lights painted on and exhausts painted ) it’s now had a final Matt coat and I’m calling it done . The decals were a bit off register ( the white surround to the king michaels cross ) and the yellow carrier film is visible on the numbers but it’s not too noticeable. It’s been a lightning quick build by my standards but I’ve enjoyed it and it’s not something you see every day . Heres a few pics to finish the build thread and I’ll put some more on a completed thread tomorrow , thanks for watching , cheers tonyBDBE74FB-44A3-460B-99C3-796D2AC32845.jpegDAA9CD8A-F83C-44A0-884D-A5DFA9F802A9.jpeg564D3398-6879-47CE-A5E1-11C3B469E98D.jpeg5DD77ECC-678E-47D4-9A4A-1C869AD70EB3.jpeg47451B70-97B0-4F91-99AF-DABC3B628868.jpeg
 
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