More model behaviour

It’s been a while since I put anything on here about my models. Since I built the Bv141, I have added several more to the small flock hanging from my ceiling. In that time, I have built a Focke Wulf Fw189 (interestingly, the plane which really spelt the end of the Bv141 as they were both powered by the same engine, and the Fw189 made more rapid progress from prototype to production model), a larger, 1/48 scale Hawker Hurricane (all my other models so far have been 1/72 scale), and I then followed that up with another 1/48 scale rendition of a famous Battle of Britain fighter – the Supermarine Spitfire, albeit that this model is in a highly unusual black and gold post-war colour scheme – and the most recently completed model is a 1/72 scale Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina.

Below are some photos of these models:

Focke Wulf Fw189

Focke Wulf Fw189 - very similar to the Lockheed Lightning

Hawker Hurricane

Hawker Hurricane - note the silvering around the decals on the fuselage

Black and gold Spitfire

The black and gold Spitfire in close up

There isn’t a photo of the Catalina yet, but I will take one at some point, upload it and post it for you all to see.

Blohm und Voss Bv141

Some time ago I mentioned that I was intending to build a model of a very strange aeroplane. I actually finished this a few weeks ago, but have only now got around to uploading the photos and writing a small amount about it.

My Blohm und Voss Bv141 model

Bv141

Above is the finished article. As you can see, it’s a crazy looking plane.

The model itself wasn’t too difficult to build, and I took my time, determined to get it right. I did still make a couple of mistakes along the way, and wasn’t helped by another couple of bloopers on Airfix’s behalf.

Firstly, I bent one of the antennae (you can see it sticking out of the front of the starboard wing), and also I fogged up the front canopy whilst trying to clean it with some paint thinner. Mistakes I won’t make again (fingers crossed!).

Airfix themselves had sent out a model with a decal scheme which didn’t quite fit the reality of the finished model. As you will see in the photo below, there are bombs attached to the underside of the wings. However, on the paint/decal scheme, there is no allowance made for the bombs, and in fact the middle two letters (the C and R) are supposed to go where the bombs are attached. As a result, I had to improvise and move the letters inwards a bit. Secondly, the Balkan cross on each wing was positioned over some of the raised detail, meaning that again I had to improvise and split the decal so that it fit properly, and paint in any of the gaps that this created.

Bv141 underside

Ultimately, though, I am very pleased with the finished product. I wish I could provide some better photos, but unfortunately my camera gets funny about photographing things very close-to, and also doesn’t seem to like doing things indoors.

Mitsubishi Zero

Following on from the Lockheed Lightning I built a few weeks ago, I recently finished building a 1:72 scale Mitsubishi Zero, and the results are here for you to see.

My Mitsubishi Zero model

This was only one of Airfix’s Starter Kits, and as such was much more straightforward to build than the Lightning. However, I think this is the model I’m most proud of making, even including all those I built when I was much, much younger. Why? Because this is the first one I’ve painted and decorated with the appropriate decals.

I chose this model for its intended simplicity in order to practice for my next model, the Blohm und Voss Bv141-B I mentioned in the previous post. As you might be able to see, it hasn’t gone perfectly (the numbers on the tail are slightly wonky), but I’ve learned a lot from taking the time to do it properly.