Complete: 1/72 HE-111

Steve Jan 13 2017, 4:07PM

Completed HE-111Airfix 1/72 Heinkel He111 H-6 from Sicily, 1941.

Manufacturer: Airfix
Model: Heinkel He111 H-6
Scale: 1/72
History: Luftwaffe, Sicily, 1941. Mediterranean campaign.
Build time: 90 hours.
Paints: Lifecolor RLM70, RLM71. Tamiya for remaining.

Kit being assembled on dining room table.Kit being assembled on dining room table.


Kit being assembled and weathered with a wash.Interior is given a wash of black paint diluted with soapy water.

Detail of cockpit during assembly. Cockpit is detailed and weather. Looks great given the simplicity of the kit.

View of work space during assembly.Assembly and puttying continues.

Nearly 90 window panels had to be individually masked.Ninety plus panels needed to be individually masked. Took six hours to complete. I now buy third party precut paint masks; I feel I've earned the right having proven I can do it manually.

Kit being primed. Puttying not yet complete.A biting primer is applied to give the paint something to adhere to.

Kit being pre-shaded.Preshading: An effective trick to add dynamism to the final paint coat. The black lines will cause the additional coats of paint to have variations and tones that bring out details of the plane's surface.

First coat of paint.Two-tone camouflage scheme. I want the pre-shading to effect both tones so I don't cover the plane in the first tone. Instead, I mask the areas where the second tone will be applied. A lot of work.

Mask is removed showing areas still needing to be painted.The first mask is removed revealing the areas where the second tone will be applied.

Mask is inverted and painted with next paint color.Inverted mask applied and second tone brushed on.

Resulting paint scheme is shown here.The result is nice but not worth the extra effort of two masks. In the future I'll lay down the light coat first, then apply masking and then lay down the second tone. Less work for a similar result.

Landing gear is carefully assembled and put in place.These landing gear were a challenge. After some work, they went in and look great.

Comparison of identically painted pieces, one with Future varnish applied.Future brand floor varnish protects the paint from scratches and leaves a smooth surface for decals. The downside is it is very glossy and, after further weathering and decals, must be buried under a dull-coat to remove the gloss. The piece on the right has Future applied.

Future varnish applied to kit.Protective coating of Future is applied to the entire kit. It smells pleasant.

Decals are being applied.Decals are applied. There are quite a number of decals and it turns into a two-night job.

Panel line wash is applied to the kit to highlight panels and rivets.Weathering the kit involves drenching the kit in an thinned enamel paint, allowing it to dry, then buffing the paint off. What remains is coloring in grooves and crevices that brings the surface to life.

After applying a dull-cote, kit is completed!The completed kit.

Finished kit being displayed.

Finished kit being displayed.

Finished kit being displayed.

Finished kit being displayed.

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