|Kit:||Heller, 1/72; bought on eBay for $6.87 in 2008.|
|Aircraft:||"V.303" of 2/4. Vadászszázad (fighter squadron) of the Royal Hungarian Air Force during the April 1941 Yugoslavian campaign.|
The Heller kit is old but accurate when it comes to measurements and shapes. IT is rather crude, however, in its details (or rather lack thereof), so I needed build up both the cockpit and the wheel wells. I removed the flaps and built new ones from plastic sheet; I also cut out the ailerons.
Wheel well walls installed and gaps filled
Finalized whell wells and a new flap
There are many opinions of what the actual color scheme was on this aircraft. Most reference sources seemed to disagree with one another. I painted the model in what was my best guess about the colors; I used Tamiya acrylics.
I had planned to use decals from the AeroMaster sheet #72-135 "He 112 Collection"; it seemed like a nice sheet with many options, but ultimately I was only able to use the Hungarian chevrons for the wings. The sheet's tail number, while the right size, uses completely wrong typeface. I made my own art, based on photographs of the actual aircraft, and printed them on clear decal sheet.
I finished the model with Testors' "Dullcote" and made an antenna wire from EZ-Line.
Paint work finished, waiting for decals
Hungarian chevrons applied