Blohm und Voss P.194.03
by Francisco Carlos Soldán
Blohm und Voss P.194.03
1/72 scale Blohm und Voss P.194 is available online from Squadron.com
Around March of 1944, Blohm und Voss presented a
proposal to the for an airplane of asymmetric design that simultaneously
could be used for the roles of hunter and reconaissance, taking advantage
of the experience obtained with its B&V 141 for recognition and, that of
its successful earlier competitor, the Focke-Wulf Fw 189 Uhu.
The main advantages of an asymmetric configuration are that it increased
the vision of field of the pilot and was able to greatly increase the
autonomy and the lifting capacity of the second fuselage.
In spite of, or perhaps due to, the novel nature of the configuration, the
design was forgotten and it did not get to proceed beyond the proposal
Revell has released a wonderful kit in 1/72 scale of
the Blohm und Voss 194.03 (Revell catalogue number #04335).
This amazing asymmetric airplane attracted my attention and it was really
a pleasure to build it, since the quality of the pieces is really perfect.
I decided to show to the motor and the bomb bay.
I did not use any extra accessories that did not come
in the box. I was pleased that the cockpit comes with the option from
being able to display it in open disposition.
I chose to decorate my Bv 194.03 in Eastern Front
winter camouflage. Lower surfaces were painted RLM 65 (using Gunze acrylic
paints). The base colours for the upper surface were covered with RLM 81
Brown Violet and RLM 83 Dark Green. The interior of cockpit finished in 66
RLM and the interior of the equipment bay and wheel wells in RLM 02.
I took more trouble with the application of the white winter camouflage.
First, a soft, thin coat of Tamiya acrylic paint was applied in an
irregular pattern. I was careful not to create the impression of a solid
coating. A very thin coat of brown was also applied to take the “edge” off
the pure white. Panel lines were emphasised with thinned Sienna oil paint,
I reviewed each line of panel and to give by concluded the work of
Next, I added a few pieces of evidence of hard work to the exhausts of the
BMW 801D motor. In rough field conditions, the oil and the smoke are
mixed, the plumes of the exhaust are very evident.
Once finished, I apply weathering and tracks of mud and dirt using dark
Vallejo colors grey dark and brown with a Number 1 brush. I tried to apply
logic to the application of this weathering – ie more weathering on the
movable surfaces and the sockets of the wings.
To finish this project, I added the an antenna making from stretched sprue
and added small blobs of Krystal Kleer to simulate the resistors.
Kit decals were used. These decals were fixed with MicroSet and MircoSol,
followed by a flat coat to seal my paint job.
I hope you enjoy this new Luft´46 creation!
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by Francisco Carlos Soldán Alfaro
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17 March, 2004
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