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1/32 Planet Models Heinkel He-178 got it's wings

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Hello!

 

Just got one resin model finished, the Arado E-377 Mistel bomb. So it's time to start another one :piliot:

 

No props, I stay with jets :thumbsup:  The first jet of the world, to be correct: Ernst Heinkels He-178.

 

 

Kit is made by Planet models from Czech. Box image:

 

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Whats inside?

A fistful of parts in cream colored resin. Nice casting, no bubbles. Fuselage halfes, one-piece wings, elevators, rudder, some interior bits, wheels. UC is provided in white metal. A small decal sheet, just the "Heinkel" writiing. Two vac canopies. Two pages of instructions:

 

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First things first - building the cockpit, as usual.

Not a lot of parts here. Also not a lot of details... Added some styrene as lower side consoles, a rear bulkhead and a new floor. Glued the jet pipe and tail wheel bay into place.

 

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IP needs some paint to bring out the details.

 

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The seat is nothing to write home about. Too small. Quarterscale only... :crying: I have to look into the bit box for a better one.

 

Thats it for now.

 

Enjoy!

- dutik

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Great! This sort of stuff is right up my alley. Will follow along.

 

 

Eric.

Hey, I know that story! :hmmm:

 

You will start later and get it finished long before I am ready...  :help: 

Gimme your adress, I will send you the kit... :whistle:

 

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

 

 

No issue. We shall see how it works. Latest news: The intake ramp (instruction image 3) does not fit very well. Especially after I moved the floor down to the bottom of the fuselage becase the whole cockpit was too shallow for a 1/32 scale pilot. So I will make a new one and also smooth out the whole intake to get rid of that inner "lip"...

 

Regards

- dutik

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A seat, a seat! A kingdom for a seat!

 

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Found a leftover resin seat for a Bf-109. Much better. Also some sets of RBs harness. Much worser. Boy, they look nice, but making them is incredibily fiddly! Nothing for people with short fuze, indeed :blowup:

 

Time to join the meeting at Luebeck. Will wrestle with the other half of the harness next week.

 

Regards

- dutik

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Nice to see that build !

 

 

I had the same conclusion about the seat. I did not understand what they wanted to do. I tried to convert the kit seat dimension to full scale, and only a small children would have been able to sit !

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Didn't go ahead with the seatbelts, cockpit and intake. There are only the walls, cross-walls and the floor inside. But I did a LOT of other work. Glued the fuselage halves together. Filled and sanded the seam. Rescribed the paneel lines. Re-sawed them, to be correct, with a smal resin saw. Much better than fiddling with a scribing tool. Drilled holes into wingroots and across the fuselage to fit a long 3mm thick steel nail acting as wingspar/ alignment pin:

 

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Dryfitted and adjusted the wings to the fuselage. Glued them and filled the seam. Re-sawed more paneel lines. Latest achievement are the rudder and elevators. Added steel wire instead of nails. Now it's up to fill and sand the seams, close a gap between one elevator and the fuselage, rescribe as required. To be continued...

 

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Enjoy!

- dutik

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It got a new task: Gathering dust on the shelf...  :wicked: 

 

Any modelling activities stalled last year due to job related overwork.

Was only this year capable to re-start at least the Texan build. Anything else is still on hold.

 

Regards

- dutik

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It got a new task: Gathering dust on the shelf...  :wicked:

 

Any modelling activities stalled last year due to job related overwork.

Was only this year capable to re-start at least the Texan build. Anything else is still on hold.

 

Regards

- dutik

 

 

Ahhh, ok that's a pity I kinda like the 178 and you were going along nicely

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Well, this one is a nice litle resin kit, indeed. Good fit, good surface details, lacking in the cockpit, but no hassle with the wheel wells - this one had a fixed undercarriage. The intake is empty too. I made my own intake duct using a rolled sheet of paper to get the right shape, then using it as a template for cutting some styrene.Looks fine.

 

At least one more photo:

 

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Enjoy!

- dutik

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