1/72 Daimler-Benz Spitfire EN830

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  1. dirkpitt289

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    Welcome to my latest project.

    History

    This story begins back on November 18th 1942, while being flown by P/O Bernard Scheidhauer of the Free French Air Force while attached to the 131 "County of Kent" Sqn. Bernard and his wingman, P/O Henri de Bordas, had been on a "rhubarb" to Normandy. Bernard and his ride EN830 was hit by light flak and was forced to make a landing in a turnip field at Dielament Manor, Trinity, Jersey.

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    Lt Scheidhauer was taken prisoner by the Germans and eventually transported to Stalag Luft III at Sagan, Silesia Poland. Lt Bernard Scheidhauer's story once in Stalag Luft III is one of the most famous and prolific events of the war. You see Scheidhauer was an active participant in the construction of a tunnel caled Harry which lead to the event known as The Great Escape, but that is a different story.

    Our story is about Lt Scheidhauer's trusty Spitfire which was made a POW by the Germans and sent, south of Stuttgart, where Daimler-Benz operated a flight testing division. It was here that the Germans removed the Spits Merlin engine. They replaced it with a DB 605A-1 engine and wrapped it in a Bf 110G's engine cowling. Next they attached the propeller from a Bf 109G along with the carburetor scoop.

    The Kit(s)

    here are the kits that I will be using for this project.

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    The Spitfire's parts

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    The Bf 110's parts

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    Unfortunately for the Bf-110 the only parts that will be needed will be one of its engine cowling. What a waste :cry:

    The goal

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    The real EN830

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    I may or may not have a different picture of this bird. Great project!!
     
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    You could always do a diorama with an engine change on the 110:lol:
     
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    #4 dirkpitt289, Aug 18, 2010
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    This build will be a huge test of my modeling skills and will be the first time I attempt to merge two different aircraft. Those of you that are huge fans of the Bf-110 you might want to turn away.

    Here are some drawings

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    Here we go. Time for a Nip/ Tuck

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    The patient is prepped and ready

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    Once the engine cowling's were removed from the wings they were trimmed up, glued together with some CA glue and clamped in place to dry.

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    After the glue dried I used some Tamiya tape to mark the next set of cuts.

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    next came the fitting and trimming.

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    Off to the incinerator with the dead parts

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    That wasn't so painful

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    Wanted

    I'm looking for anyone who might have a spare Bf-109 Prop, spinner and carburetor scoop in 1/72 they might be willing to donate to the project?. :|
     
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    Kewl, post em if you got em
     
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    Not likely but thanks for the suggestion. maybe I can contact Revell and tell them my kit was missing the wings? :p
     
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    Nice Idea Dirk! and it looks like its coming along real nice. I wouldn't toss those extra parts, just toss them in the spairs box. You never know what you might need them for. I once made a fictional attack aircraft from parts of a C-47, He 111, p-38, P-40, and B-25. Kind of like Frankenstein's monster, but it turned out kinda cool.
     
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    Buggar............... could have made a mold and cast a new piece and you would still have the 110 to build.
     
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    :cool: I like the pic with the surgeon. :cool:
     
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    Nice project Dirk, though it puzzles me just slightly why you didn't use a Bf109F or G for the donor engine cowlings - would have had the prop then too.
    I agree with Hub and Glenn - don't throw out the '110 parts. If nothing else, it could be made into a belly-landed diorama, with a pile of scrap, part covered by earth and or bushes, covering the missing engine, and the wing partly folded back/up, to simulate crash damage.
     
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    Dirk I have a 109H-1 in 1/72 I'll just send you and you can take whatever parts you need. Just need to check if the props the same..and I 'll look for the pic sometime this afternoon.

    Good work!
     
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    Very interesting Dirk, there was one built in one of the recent expo's....I'll dig out the pics for some reference....
     
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    The reason I used the Bf-110 cowling over the Bf-109 was because everything I read said the parts came from a Bf-110 and not a Bf-109. Now if you are going to tell me they are the same then my face sure is red. :oops: Up to this point I've never built a Bf-109 so I really know nothing about them or the history of their development to know they shared the same components.

    Live and learn. trial and error that's what modeling is all about I guess. :|

    As for the remaining parts of the Bf-110 they well remain in my "Bits Pieces" box till needed. The only parts that will be disposed of will be the chunks of plastic that use to be the wings.

    Thanks for taking an interest in my project.
     
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    Cool I would love to see them. Can't have enough reference material, eh?
     
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    Here ya go....
     

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    Sweet build. Thanks for posting the pictures
     
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    Dirk...here's what I have. From a 109H-1. I'll send you the whole kit if you want these... here are the pics...
     

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