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Gazzas build has stirred me out of ambivalence and back onto the forum. I started this a little while ago so I will be adding a few photos at a time. At the start I must commend Gaspatch for the fidelity and engineering of this kit. The quality of the instructions is excellent and the plastic, whilst being of the softer variety, is well detailed and easy to use.

Here is the obligatory box top shot, along with the chosen scheme and some AM I picked up along the way.

Regards,

Kent

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  • kahunaminor changed the title to Gaspatch 1/48 Hs123

Welcome back,

The build moved forward quite rapidly, even if deviating slightly from the instructions. The level of detail from OOB is very good but I did choose to add some Eduard PE, Eduard steel seat belts and a Yahu IP. Paints are Aeromaster Warbirds enamel RLM02 and some Tamiya base colours. Sealed and then washed with AKI enamel washes. Final weathering was Fabre Castell water colour pencils, some simple lead pencil and the fuselage was sealed.

Thanks for looking,

Kent

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Welcome back,

Many thanks for the positive feedback and encouragement. So moving forward, the IP shroud was affixed and the gun covers are just dry fit. Again the joins are great, except where the human factor is introduced and a misalignment occurs as in the shroud. The engine was painted and lightly washed and weathered. There are still some PE ignition wires and parts to go on. The air intake looked sloppy, so I cut it off and remade it using some 0.5mm card, glued and shaped accordingly. The cockpit opening has been masked and sealed with liquid mask to keep out the dust. There are some panel lines that GP has not included on the fuselage according to plans, so these have been measured, marked and scribed on one side (the other side gets done tomorrow). The luggage door on the upper canopy is 2mm too long and would sit astride the panel line behind it so it was also filled, rescribed and now sits better. I have also reinstated the panel lines under the fixed IP shroud and added a couple on the forward fuselage.

Thats up to date so thanks for looking.

Kent

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Thank you one and all for your comments.

I have worked on riveting the fuselage, something that caused me some trepidation and thus had this set aside a while. The tools are set out below and I have the RB Productions rivet-r and rivet-r mini with 0.75mm wheels. The smaller one obviously gets into smaller places. Tamiya and carving tape (think dymo but clear), compass, pencils, ruler, eraser and of course scale plans. The rows of rivets adjacent to panel lines were done first by free hand. The interior lines were measured, marked and a pencil line drawn along tape. It was then a case of just following the lines. It is not without errors but the fuselage is now done. This allowed me to attach the external headrest. Next up will be the upper and lower wings and stabilisers. The lower wings will then be attached and some minor filling work done before she hits the paint stage.

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Terrific progress, especially on the scribing and rivets. We’e been discussing on some of the other builds re- scribing panel lines and the tools used and you easily have that skill under control. No discussion yet on riveting, as again, your skills are shinning through. 
When riveting, my weapons of choice are a nice set of Rosie The Riveter. I do find riveting much easier then scribing but in either case a steady hand and prep work is required.

KeeP ‘em comin

Peter

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Thank you one and all for your support. Well the riveting is 95% complete on the Hs123. I just have to wait until the putty on the underside is set up to allow me to finish that central section. The stabs had a spurious panel line that was filled, repositioned and rescribed along with the rivet pattern according to both references. The small PE rings on the fuselage that surround the tie down holes were positioned and set with Future. The bomb racks have been assembled and attached to the lower wings. I will let all these bits set up before a final rivet fest on the underside, polishing and overall primer to check I have got it all.
 

Regards,

Kent

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You put a lot of work into the Henschel with all that riveting. The result looks great though. I bought the same kit not the least, because of yours and Gazza's build here, but I don't know, if I will go your way, or easier camouflage missing surface detail with a pre war splinter scheme.

Cheers Rob

 

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21 hours ago, DocRob said:

You put a lot of work into the Henschel with all that riveting. The result looks great though. I bought the same kit not the least, because of yours and Gazza's build here, but I don't know, if I will go your way, or easier camouflage missing surface detail with a pre war splinter scheme.

Cheers Rob

 

I Rob,

Nice if you to mention Gazza and my build as inspiration. I would be interested to see what you think of the kit. I think GP have done a great job on 98% of the kit. Just a few curious decisions on small details.

Regards,

Kent

 

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Finally got around to shooting some paint. The wheel spat assemblies are both RLM 61 as is the area surrounding the upper fuselage MG troughs. Painting these allowed me to install the Master MG barrels and secure the cover in place. There is some minor seam work to be done here. The wheels were painted, installed in the spat assembly and then masked prior to the overall RLM 61 application. The engine cowl is a multi part construction that must be built around the finished engine. I started working out some sub assemblies. These will be taped from the inside to allow me to paint the camouflage, disassemble the cowl then permanently attached it to the engine. The central drop tank is assembled and awaits some paint.

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Your progress does look good Kent. While I was browsing through the box and manual of mine, I had a similar idea, like you had regarding the engine cowlings. Until now, I can't say much more about the kit, than it looks great on the sprue, well detailed and I like solutions like the carton rig for the wheel struts and the inclusion of cockpit masks. The manual appears to be well made with a bit of Wingnut Wings style or even better like Copper state ones.

Cheers Rob 

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