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Isar 30/07

Henschel Hs 129 B-2 - GREY MATTER FIGURES

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Gents,

 

this is my Henschel HS 129 B-2 I´ve done a few years ago.

This kit is challenging as it is partly very simple (landing gear i. e.) but was then the only model of this tank hunter.

As I was inspecting the parts I came up with the idea of opening the port weapons bay (the fuselage side were so thin you could see the light).

Ok - and when opening the gun bay, why not do a little diorama? 

My diorama depicts a moment prior to the next mission during the battle of Kursk, summer 1943.

The gun bay was done scratch using a MG 151/20 from Aires.

Figures and starter cart came from Verlinden, the squadron´s mascot, a German Shepherd (Mantis), lies beneath the port wing seeking some shadow from this hot summer day.

 

Building this kit was fun despite some shortcomings - the fit of fuselage halves and wings/fuselage was far from beeing perfect - but I enjoyed this built as I had to improvise here and there.

I´m pretty satisfied with the result.

 

Now looking forward to see the ZM Hs 129, though the GREY MATTER FIGURES Hs 129 B-3 (the beast with the 75mm gun) is still waiting in my stash...

 

Reimund

 

 

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Very well done and what a fine presentation in the diorama!

 

What method did you use for the paint chipping on the wing tops? That looks very effective....

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2 hours ago, rigor said:

Very nice I'm guess a vac kit ? Combat 

 

The Grey Matter kit is resin. Would you like to buy mine? I'm saving for the ZM.

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Sensational! I have this kit in the stash, too, and despite the imminent arrival of the ZM kit, am looking forward to building it. May I publish yours on the website?

 

2 hours ago, rigor said:

Very nice I'm guess a vac kit ? Combat 

 

No, it's a resin kit, originally mastered and sold by Jerry Rutman, but later taken up by Grey Matter Figures.

 

Kev

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Great job! I believe this is Jerry's finest kit. I think this the first one I have seen built, and it turned out beautiful!

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Thank you very much for your comments!

 

14 hours ago, petrov27 said:

Very well done and what a fine presentation in the diorama!

 

What method did you use for the paint chipping on the wing tops? That looks very effective....

 

The model was airbrushed using XTRAColor paints. 

After priming and preshading I added some spots of the highlighted colors (RLM 70/71/65, 04) here and there.

Next step was adding Maskol using a sponge to cover those spots partly.

Then I sprayed these colors again - this time silghtly darkened and put some salt onto these areas once the color has dried (it was my first try using salt - it could have been done using Maskol again).

After this preparation the camo was sprayed on and the panels were hightlighted more or less.

Once the paint has dried the salt and Maskol was removed.

 

I was satisfied with the result even those once salt coated areas did not show very much of the work.

You can use dark aluminium as a base und add Maskol to represent chipped paint but I did not on my Henschel.

Instead, I used a pen called "Faber silver chromos" (I bought  at an art supply store) that you can use as a lead pencil once the final coat has applied.

Shoeprints were made using rubber shoe/boot prints from Calibre 35 and pigments mixed with a few drops water.

Using water is very handy as you can correct/remove it easily if you don´t like it.

 

One thing I´ve noted using Maskol:

Using Maskol in combination with XTRAColor was easy and I could remove all the Maskol without any problems. 

When using Gunze paints the Maskol has a strange tendency not to be removed…..

Strange as XTRAColor takes much more time to dry.

 

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Reimund

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