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Revell He 111P with HPH cutaway conversion.


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First let me say I am blown away by the depth and variety of the builds slated for this GB. The year long duration will fit nicely with my glacier speed build and I think I can actually finish this one on time! To be an honest, it is a little intimidating to be in such esteemed company. I have a number of suitable aircraft in the stash for the build but I am currently sorely limited in display space. Thus I have decided to enter my Revell He 111P coupled with the HPH cutaway conversion, the best of both worlds!  Neither has been commenced and I will post some photos shortly. Not content with sawing the kit in half, I have also thrown in the Eduard BIGED set, some CMK, some HGW, and some Profimodeller sets to raise the angst level. The project list is here at my Scalemates database: https://www.scalemates.com/profiles/mate.php?id=41942&p=projects&project=49415


I plan to finish a couple of small jobs (1/48 Airfix Sea Fury) and actually commence in February. Thanks to LSP, the sponsors and most of all to you my fellow, builders, assemblers and master craftsmen of scale modelling.



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Is it almost June already?!


I think I have cleared the decks sufficiently to start working on this project. For those of you unfamiliar with the conversion, here is a link to the HPH instructions in PDF format:




The donor kit is the Revell He 111P-1 kit (04696) which will require a bit of pre surgery to make it ready for the conversion. A scan be found here:




I have listed the projects on Scalemates and here again is the link to see what goodies in the way of AM I have accumulated:




I have also amassed some research material (digital and print) and I have added to my Scalemates project list.



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Here are the opening sequence photos. The kit has been removed from the Revell side opening box and placed in a plastic tub. The HPH conversion comes in a sturdy cardboard box:






The first thing will be to remove all the moulded detail from the fuselage interior and fill/sand the multitude of ejector pin marks:






The lower fuselage insert must then be cut in half. I marked the line in pencil, scored it with a scribe and then carefully and slowly cut it with an RB “coarse” blade between the bomb doors. Some deep breaths and the occasional held breath, I was left with this:




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So the filling and sanding got pushed back for some gluing and clamping. The port wing is on with minimal seams to be tidied up. The fuselage suffered a little warp on the long axis around the gondola, so it was glue a little, clamp and dry. Glue some more, clamp and dry. It is a test to follow instructions when looking at three sets of instructions so a little care is needed:






Only using half the kit means thee are lots of surplus parts, in need of a suitable storage place:




The trusty stand is out and only just accommodates the build:






My plan is to work on as much of the externals as possible, up to painting, before concentrating on the internals. There really isn’t much to the outside as the focus is the internal. Of course, plans may change.



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Some more AM that means hacking into plastic. Not all the resin will be used apart from the fact I am only doing half an aircraft. The fuel fillers can be used but the life raft did not have an external access on the early 111P:






The wing fuel tanks require removal of some substantial lower wing area. The bomb bay structure has been marked for removal as per the HPH/Eduard requirements:






The engine nacelle has been completed and the QB Resin exhausts cut from their moulding blocks and test fitted:










Finally the seams on the fuselage to inner wing join are quite good:






 I may have made a rod for my back in not installing the tanks and filler prior to joining the wing fuselage but we shall see.



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A really fascinating build Kent, challenging for sure and I guess, a bit like the AIMS conversions for the Bf110G4 and the Ju88s, doing things in the optimal "correct" order (whatever that may be!) can be crucial to the ease or possibly even success of the project, but I'm loving this. :)

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Thanks for the comments!


Committed to installation now! Chain drilled the opening, keeping well inside the edge. Sprue nippers to remove the waste piece:








The fuel cell bay has been built up. I needed some new 2 part epoxy as the stuff I had laying around for ever did not hold. But all good now:




The internal wing/fuselage joint needed trimming to fit the resin. Once that was opened up, I secured the internal join with TXT along the seam to maintain strength. 




It was then onto the files and sanding sticks to the opening to finish the shaping. Lots of dry fitting of the resin into the opening and a touch of trimming to the resin to fit into the opening properly:




I then moved onto the upper wing to remove the material for the filler ports. Again chain drilled then a round file to shape. I got so focussed on the task that I neglected to thin the interior of the upper wing section to give a scale look to the openings prior to drilling them out and as such the holes are a bit thick at the moment:








Thanks for looking.


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