Blohm und Voss BV 141
Blohm und Voss BV 141B-0
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Attached are images of the 1/48 HiPM BV 141B-O kit that
I just finished last month. I have not finished a model in 15 years and
was determined to finish a kit and enter it in this years Seattle IPMS
Spring Show. I finished the kit the night before the show.
I've always been fascinated with Richard Vogt's BV 141
and picked up the HiPM kit when it came out several years ago.
Though a short run kit, I was impressed that the fit up
was actually pretty good. The biggest challenge being the glasshouse,
Everything had to be planned out in advance and dry fit before building.
Since the entire cockpit/crew area is clear plastic it was a challenge
doing the interior without getting glue on any of the glass panels. I
used the Black Magic mask set - which fitted perfectly.
Another challenge with the crew area was that it
consisted of two haves split down the middle. Sanding the seam between
the parts proved long and tedious.
Another difficult section was fitting the crew area to
the wings. I had to brace the wings interior so they would not flex when
the crew area was attached.? It took a couple of attempts and adjustment
to get the wings level and at the right angles.
The last of the real challenges was the landing gear
which seamed two short to attach all the gear doors correctly. I
actually had to trim the kits door parts down a bit to fit the gear legs
I modeled the BV-141 after BV 141B-06 (V14) ; WNr
0210006 ; NC+RE. My friend Las Kamback, who is probably the world's top
authority on the BV 141 reported that both NC+QZ and NC+RE were both
painted with yellow theater bands in 1942 (see photo below).
These planes were originally scheduled for field testing
on the Eastern Front, but as far as I know were never delivered to
operational squadrons. The choice of NC+RE made the paint job a bit
unusual from the regular standard paint scheme and I had to modify the
kit decals to reflect the plane's call signs.
Though the finished kit had a few warts here and there I still won "Best
Out of the Box" for single engine axis prop planes.
I took the pictures of the plane and merged them with photos of the old
hangers at and runway at Paine Field in Mukilteo, WA.
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by Gary Webster
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21 February, 2007
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