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.

Distant Dreams

In my first post, I mentioned that I wanted to go travelling. When you flick through the images on the link, it’s easy to see why Japan is very high on my list of places to visit. There can be few other places in the world with such a distinctive style.

However, this remains quite a long way away, both geographically and financially at the moment. The cheapest flights out to Japan are over ¬£500, and that’s before you even begin to think about accommodation and travel within the country itself.

A more reasonable destination at the moment is Germany, another country I really want to visit. This has little in common with Japan in terms of  style or culture, and yet I find the prospect of travelling around the cities and countryside just as appealing. Not only is it likely to be much more affordable (not least thanks to the European railcards that are available), but having studied German for my GCSEs, I have a reasonable grasp of the basics of the language. A little further study should make me able to carry out a few simple conversations with the locals.

In addition to Japan and Germany, I also wish to visit Italy and Scandinavia, in particular Rome and Tuscany, and Sweden respectively. Again, this is something of a random mix, but there is something which I can’t articulate about each place which attracts me.

As mentioned in the very first post, I want to make up for lost time and start doing the things I’ve always wanted to do, particularly travelling. I hope to make a start on this over the next twelve months or so, and with my dad living just over the border in Belgium, Germany is a realistic aim. Watch this space!