Airfix 1/72 Heinkel He111 H-6 from Sicily, 1941.
Model: Heinkel He111 H-6
History: Luftwaffe, Sicily, 1941. Mediterranean campaign.
Build time: 90 hours.
Paints: Lifecolor RLM70, RLM71. Tamiya for remaining.
Kit being assembled on dining room table.
Interior is given a wash of black paint diluted with soapy water.
Cockpit is detailed and weather. Looks great given the simplicity of the kit.
Assembly and puttying continues.
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.
A biting primer is applied to give the paint something to adhere to.
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.
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.
The first mask is removed revealing the areas where the second tone will be applied.
Inverted mask applied and second tone brushed on.
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.
These landing gear were a challenge. After some work, they went in and look great.
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.
Protective coating of Future is applied to the entire kit. It smells pleasant.
Decals are applied. There are quite a number of decals and it turns into a two-night job.
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.
The completed kit.