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Old 06-16-2018, 12:06 PM
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Marek's Heinkel He51 c1 @1/72

Hello all! I introduce you my next project, the Heinkel He-51 c1 in Kondor Legion livery at 1/72 scale. The original model is a design from Marek Pacynski in 1/33 scale which I intended to build as a mate to my 1/33 Spanish Fury, but that will now join its also down-scaled mate.
The model depicts one of the last Heinkel biplanes flown by the Germans in Spain. It belonged to 4J88, a fighter unit, already converting to Me109B, which had to retake its old mounts and harry to combat again to counter the sudden Governmental offensive at Teruel in late December 1937.
Unable to challenge the Republican Polikarpovs, the Heinkels were turned into fighter bombers under the fighter umbrella of either Messerschmits or Fiat CR32s. Shortly afterwards, they would be finally handed to Spanish pilots who would continue using them in the strafing role, known in Spanish as “cadena” (chain).
The Spanish Heinkels retained their German aspect, including their original numbers; their only new difference was the painting of an axe and chain motto in white inside the black roundel as a remainder of their new role.
Work began with the cockpit details, as usual a vain effort as the result could be hardly seen after assembling the fuselage, especially at this small scale. But, it’s the magic of modeling!
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Old 06-16-2018, 12:30 PM
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Excellent beginning Pablo, although soon it is seen, it is the satisfaction of having done the work. Very interesting thread, and knowing your quality to build, (I was browsing your previous threads) surely it will be another great work.
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Old 06-16-2018, 12:34 PM
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Thank you for your prompt following, Sergio!
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Old 06-16-2018, 04:06 PM
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WOW! at 1/72 no less. Great work with the details.


I look forward to this build.


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Old 06-16-2018, 05:13 PM
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Being VERY partial to Spanish Civil War subjects, I'm definitely looking forward to this.
If it turns out anything like your Fury, it will be a beauty.
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Keep up the good work. Soon you will be with the rest of us building in Gawd's scale...

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Great work on that delicate cockpit!

Thanks for the historical image and the background info.

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Old 06-17-2018, 10:14 AM
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Thank you all for your support messages and best wishes because they were badly needed for today's task!
In addition to finishing the cockpit, it was put into its corresponding section of the fuselage. The fitting was very tight as I added one auxiliary joining piece at each end of the section, and this reduced the available space for placing the cockpit. This was so, because as usual in many models, the different sections of the fuselage don't have joining tabs, but are glued head on.
This process prevented the instrument panel to go in along the rest of the fuselage, as the tightness of the fit didn't allow for it. But after the cockpit was in place, there was no available space to "maneuver" the instrument panel into its place, until it came to my mind to open the cockpit's hatch and have some extra space to go in...
Finally I removed the auxiliary strip in the forward bulkhead, so the wing root can go in place unobstructed. And all this in a paper cylinder of less than a cubic inch size.
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Old 06-17-2018, 10:21 AM
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Soon you will be with the rest of us building in Gawd's scale...

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Yeah, my wife also says that size matters...
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Old 06-17-2018, 10:37 AM
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Being VERY partial to Spanish Civil War subjects, I'm definitely looking forward to this.
I agree, this is precisely a plane that I shouldn't be assembling if it were for ethical reasons, as I have no sympathy at all for the Kondor Legion. The Germans came overconfident to Spain with their obsolete He-51 fighters, only to find that the Spaniards fought back with their even obsolete Nieuport and other motley French leftovers, and finally being swept aside by the Soviet Polikarpov fighters.
After blaming their Nationalist allies for their own shortcomings, they choose to deploy to the more remote Northern and Aragonese fronts, were the Governmental forces just had a small number of even more obsolete (and in most cases civilian converted) airplanes, until they began receiving the superb Messerschmits.
Maybe I would just have chosen a Curtiss P6 Hawk in its place, from whom it appears the Heinkel designers got the inspiration...
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