Recently, I often build a model of the aircraft, this time try a Hasegawa after a long interval. It is a Stuka dive bomber. It’s better to say it’s an attack aircraft for amounting the cannons.
I should have to glue the cockpit interior panel together accurately here, It intervened with the cockpit floor, and it was difficult to build in this module in the fuselage smoothly. I shaved the cockpit floor side a little, and it was put together by force, in case of me.
This huge wing. I drilled holes in the place of the mount place of the cannon.
Because the area of the seat was not enough, I added a seat belt of a third party to a pilot seat and a machine gun seat. It becomes the accent and is a good feeling.
Speaking of which, In Japan, one of the manufacturer released the series of World War II Fighters, a total of 80 planes, 1/72 scale. When such a finished product is released, a person making a model seems to decrease. I am sure it would be spectacular once all completed. It’s about USD 1,500 for total collection. I wonder how many people in Japan would complete them.
Though I struggled, a cockpit was built in this Stuka body. I think a body of the Stuka is very slender.
The canopy fitting to the body is good. It seems complicated that the rear machine gun and some other parts built-in.
As for saying a Stuka tank buster, the 37mm cannons are the appeal point. However, these parts were not satisfied, the muzzle is not opened mold, and the hole on the side of flash hider mold was almost faded. It was disappointing that the best selling module was such a condition. But I would like to support Hasegawa basically. It is a very old kit now.
I tried using the masking tape for the curved surface released from Tamiya. The normal type masking tape was enough for these small windows, anyway, I would like to check the feeling. Because it stretches a little like the vinyl, it is likely to fit well on some degree of the curves.
Between a spinner and the main body, I think there is a little gap, I sharpened the inside center of the spinner. That reminds me, I forgot to do working a propeller movable smoothly when blowing.
Now I’m sanding the surface and re-carved the mold, the next is painting. The adhesive strength of the tape on the canopy declines when I leave it too much, and the masking tape seems to have been peeled off, I want to paint it early.
I painted white for base color to have vivid yellow.
Ummm. It’s nice coloring.
I used the RLM65 light blue of the Mr. color No.115.
I think it takes much longer time for masking and use up much tape, the blowing time is not so long. I cannot paint neatly when I skimp.
Maybe it was better to glue the legs and machine guns to the body after painting.
This time, I tried to blow worn down colored effect in camouflage color. I intend no heavy weathering.
I used wasted paper and masking sol to save the masking tape, but after all, the tape is the best.
It’s difficult to mask the pattern completely same as the HASEGAWA instruction, anyway I could finish up the straight lined camouflage which was one of the feature of the WWII German airplane.
These decals should have a little darker print generally. I repainted the yellow thin part here and there. I leveled the writing brush spots with a sandpaper and sprayed in semi-gloss coating, it seems not so serious problem.
I have completed the characteristic Stuka anti-tank gun loading which has inverted gull wings and fixed spatted undercarriage.
The 37mm cannon was equipped with 12 armor-piercing shell, total was 24 shells. This tankbuster performed an effective attack for a large number of Soviet tanks.
However, the heavy weight equipment was the cause of lacking stability, and the steering was quite difficult.
Although it was an old design, Stuka was used until the end of the war, and 6,500 or more were produced in total.
The camouflage colors were similar to the last Messerschmitt I made. It is sober colors, so I think the decals are important.
The marking is Luftwaffe Kdr./SG2 (2nd Ground Support Wing). Stuka was slow in speed and the air combat ability is low, so switched over to the Focke-Wulf Fw190.
I opened the muzzle of the 37mm gun and flash suppressor small holes.
It is difficult to put the spinner decal neatly. I used the decal fit very much but had slightly wrinkled.
Because the landing light inside was empty, I fitted a clear plastic part. When the inside was seen, it was so unattractive looking, I painted with clear gray and it’s like smoked painting. Slightly seeing looks good.
I could set up a metal wire antenna tightly, so I’m relieved. This is quite difficult, isn’t it?
Because a canopy was finished neatly, I see the seat belt of the cockpit inside very well.
I did the inking very dark color on the dark camouflage colors.
This kit has only one kind of marking. If other marks are included, it is more fun.
The body undersurface is in light blue and yellow, it’s a refreshing coloring.
I did inking lightly on the undersurface, too.
The tire mold was emphasized the details to flow in beige color.
I intended to wipe off the extra paint neatly, but some of them are remaining. My naked eye is not reliable? In case the modeling of not so much weathering like that, I must have cleaned very carefully.
I thought it wasn’t so cool with an old-fashioned design when having begun to build. After completed, it’s powerful and very wonderful. The gull wing like both hands were extended, it’s elegant and beautiful silhouette.