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1:32 He-111 H-22 conversion with V-1 Profimodeller Kit No. P32314 Available from Profimodeller for €118,- Introduction What we have here is the set you need and want if you want to convert your He-111 H-6 kit into the H-22 version. This is the version that was designed to carry and launch a V1 in mid-air. Early in the war the V1’s were launched from the air, rather than from the ground. The strategy was to mount a V1 under the wing of a specially rigged He-111 and to fly at extreme low level towards the British coast. There the He-111 would quickly gain altitude to about 1.500 feet (450 meters) and launch the V1. The He-111 would then head for cloud cover to make it’s escape. The unit that operated these He-111 H-22’s was III/KG53, stationed in the Netherlands. About 100 of these H-22’s were built / modified and delivered to III/KG 53. In total over 400 V-1’s were launched this way... Most of them targeting London. Since the percentage of V-1’s actually hitting target was too low (about 20%) and about 80 of the 100 H-22’s were shot down by the RAF or AA, the way the V-1’s were launched changed from mid-air to ground installations. The kit Ok. This is a really detailed and delicate conversion / upgrade and needs some introduction. Profimodeller first released set P32297. This is the attachment for the V1 to the underside of the He-111 wing. When I first saw this up on their website I knew a V1 would follow soon, since there is no way in hell anyone would buy a detailed and accurate attachment for a V1, when there is no accurate 32nd scale V1 on the market! Don’t even try to mention the 35th scale Bronco offering. Let’s not go there… Indeed not much later Profimodeller released their V1 (P32279). A cool multi media kit with all the bells and whistles. I have reviewed this kit here. Not much later Profimodeller followed with a transport dolly and loader. A review of the loader (it’s called Anhanger, but it actually is a loader) can be found here (scroll down). At them moment I’m building the Profimodeller Schlepper, Loader and V1 and let me tell you: It will test you, but when you succeed you’ll feel like an actual modeller! Topic here. In addition Profimodeller also let’s you buy the He-111 H-22 conversion without the V1 attachment, here. Or the He-111 H-22 conversion, including the attachments AND the V1, here. So to be specific, if you want to go balls out, and make one impressive diorama: what you really want is this set, the loader, Schlepper, crew-set and the V1. This set alone will give you a He-111 H-22 with a lot of interior detail and V1 attachment points. I will now walk you through this set to show you exactly what you get. We have come accustomed to the small, cramped, top opening boxes from Profimodeller, but this one let’s you open the side, to make the contents slide out, protected by a cardboard sleeve. A big package of photo etch, bags of yellow and the famous Profimodeller black resin, a rubber hose, decals and instruction booklets appear. The biggest piece of resin in the box is the dorsal turret opening: Here's a look at the various bags containing resin, rubber, a vac form turret and lots of brass barrels. First bag of black resin. This stuff is easy to work with and really strong. Profimodeller really chooses where to use the more detailed yellow resin and where to use the strong black stuff: Nicely hollowed out and detailed flame dampers x 4, for the Jumo engines. REVI gunsight for the dorsal turret: The guns are nicely detailed as well. Open trigger guards of course: Chutes for the spent ammo: Crystal clear dorsal turret glass: The Zwilling guns: Included in this set is another small separate set. This contains flak helmets and oxygen apparatus for the crew. The helmet liners are offered in photo etch. This set also happens to be applicable to the Ju88. With this oxygen set comes a length of rubber hose you need to cut to length for the various oxygen masks: Here's the photo etch with the helmet liners and oxygen details: Now check this out. All the MG barrels are supplied in brass. Looks like Master models quality: Will you just look at all this photo etch... 3 giant sheets and two smaller. Lots of ammo bins... Bulkheads and lots of interior detail: See the radio's? Here we see the V1 attachment set. The separate instructions for this set were missing from my box, but they're also up on the Profimodeller site: The decals. Even though I love the way they go down, their colour and detail. I would suggest having masks cut for a bird this size: The colour schemes. And lots of them! 6 in total. The instruction booklet is clear but needs some practice and sometimes research to comprehend: A few more shots from the PM site. Verdict This set really blew me away. The amount of photo etch is staggering. The level of detail amazing. The only thing I missed in the box were the instructions for the V1 attachment, but these can also be found on the Profimodeller site. From experience I’ve learned that Profimodeller does not compromise on detail. And it’s exactly this trade of theirs that will cost you time and money, but trust me: in the end it’s worth it. VERY highly recommended. My sincere thanks to Profimodeller for this review sample. Jeroen Peters
Profimodeller He-111 Rear Wheel bay & Rear turret Sn# 32270 Available here directly from Profimodeller The Revell He-111P-1 kit was soon followed by the much more popular H-6 kit. With the P1 version offering a far smaller scope for versions and theatres and DB601 power plants that defined the shape of the engine nacelles to and extend that later versions would need a massive conversion, the H-6 kit was welcomed with open arms by modellers. An impressive and ever growing list of upgrades is available today, with Eduard and CMK in the lead. With a subject that is huge and can be quite un-interesting to the eye in terms of detail on the surface, opening up some panels here and there prove useful. Eduard released a full set of PE showing the internal bomb-bay, but that will only be properly visible if you place the model on a mirror. The cockpit detail can be upgraded to the max, but once this is closed up, you need pretty good eyes to enjoy it. The same goes for the wheelbays… So, what can we open up? The whole enchilada! With HPH internal details, covering the entire fuselage. But this means leaving the whole thing open, missing wings etc… Review here: http://www.scaleplasticandrail.com/kaboom/index.php/all-things-aviation/132-135-scale/132-aftermarket-items/1973-1-32-heinkel-he-111p-cutaway-kit-from-hph CMK brings us the wing fuel tanks, but again, these are only visible from the underside. If you want to add some drama to your He-111 I suggest you get the CMK fuel filler necks and Life Raft set. This is located in the fuselage spine and will be very visible. And if you’re going for a later H-version of the He-111 (H-3 and upwards) I suggest you get this little gem I’m reviewing here as well. Here’s why.. Some (not all) later model He-111H’s were equipped with an extra sting in the tail. An MG17 could be installed behind the tailwheel and was fired by one of the crew-members situated halfway or in front of the aircraft. I have not been able to figure out who actually pulled the trigger on this extra gun, but I can imagine it was the top turret gunner, since he would look to the rear, from a good position. It also have been fired by the gunner from the gondala, but I just can’t find a source that confirms my suspicions. The photo of the tail gun with panels off, as used on the packaging of this set: Here's another shot. This one is from the Squadron book: And another one. Slightly different: The AeroDetail book I have states that the extra tail gun was installed on the H-3 up to H-16 versions, but I’ve seen many H-3 examples without the gun. Another thing I noticed, is that the gun IS present on the HPH internal detail kit, which in fact is an earlier P-version. I did find two photographs of two different crashed He-111P’s (during the Battle of Britain, 1940) that both have the tail gun, installed to fire in a downward angle in one, and rear firing angle in the other. The AeroDetail book shows a drawing of the tail gun firing straight back, with an additional drawing of the gun firing in this downward angle (as in the photograph). The way the text is written in the AeroDetail book I can’t make up whether they mean 2 MG17’s in the tail or just one, but with two different angle options. So be sure to check your references. I will however install this baby in my He-111P. A photo of a crashed He-111P with tail sting: Here's a look at the AeroDetail book drawing, showing the two stances: There are sources that claim the gun wasn’t there to effectively shoot down enemy fighters, but more as a repellent. A way to keep enemy fighters at bay. Perhaps this is the reason you don’t see a whole lot of this set-up being used. The upgrade What we get is the typical sturdy white cardboard box we are accustomed to by Profimodeller. Inside we find a single sheet of photo etch, instructions and a smaller box, containing the resin parts, Master MG17 brass barrel and cooling jacket. The rear bulkhead is done in conventional yellow resin, but all the other parts are done in a stronger, black kind of resin. I can imagine this was done to add strength. Bare in mind that these parts are connected to the tail wheel installation, which carrier the entire rear weight of the model. The photo etch sheet has the panel framing with fastener eye-lets and the tailwheel bay interior with delicate stringers. I managed to find an original Heinkel drawing in my Ersatzteilliste book (Thnx Cees!) which show all the parts offered in this upgrade. Here's the drawing from the Ersatzteilliste book (albeit without the gun): The instructions are clear and tell you to bend and use the two panels as a template to mark where to cut the Revell plastic. I’d suggest to thin the plastic at the edges too in order the achieve proper scale thickness. At first I thought it strange that no stringer detail was offered for the tailcone, but looking at the drawings in my library, I can see that the tail cone is just that. A non-reinforced cone that was placed over the gun mounting frame. So the only thing you need to do is to thin out the edges. Especially when displaying the tail with the panels next to it, as in the box top photo. Bulkheads: Gun mounting frame: MG17: All in all this conversion / upgrade will take a good look at your references. First to check whether the version you’re building had this set-up, and secondly to see how it looked. For example: if you look at the photo’s, you’ll see the panels overlapped the cone, meaning there was no paint on the overlapping parts. The photo etc sheet: Master brass: The instructions: A look at the original Revell part, in need of some TLC: Verdict As said in the introduction, I myself welcome any upgrade for the He-111 making it more interesting to look at. This here is a well researched, complete and good executed upgrade / conversion that does just that. The He-111’s size doesn’t allow a lot of modellers to build a whole range of them, so when you’re having a crack at it, you might as well go to town on it. I know I am! With the detail of the He-111 being somewhat of a disappointment (over the previous Ju88 kit) the tail gun could sire use a little love. Of course you could fix that with just the Master barrels brass gun, but then you’ll miss out on the opportunity I prompted earlier: opening up some panels! A special thanks to Profimodeller for the review sample. To order directly from Profimodeller, click here. Kind regards, Jeroen Peters