Heinkel He 70 G-1 “Blitz” 1/72nd Revell ex Matchbox

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  1. T Bolt

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    Heinkel He 70 G-1 “Blitz”
    User name: T Bolt
    Name: Glenn
    Kit: Revell Heinkel He 70 G-1 “Blitz”
    Scale: 1/72th.

    This is more of a ‘Pick-up from an aborted start to finish build’. I’ve decided to try to finish some of the many partially started kits I have laying around.
    I started this kit a number of years ago, gluing the fuselage together and smoothing out all the joints, then I did the same for the wings and attached them to the fuselage only to see that the fuselage joints I had spent so much time on had sunken in. I had filled and smoothed them too soon after gluing them together. Disgusted I put it on the shelf over my work bench where it had been staring down at me for years.
    The other day I took it down and decided to finish it. The work that had been done was only a few days worth although it looks like more. There is really not much to the kit, just a basic interior which I didn’t spend much time with as it won’t be seen. The first thing I must do is fix all the sunken joints and a cracked seem on one of the wings, then I’ll attack the very ugly wing to fuselage joints shown in the close-ups.
    Should have something to show in a day or too.
     

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    Looking good so far Glenn.
     
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    Hi Glenn. A local fellow modeler built this kit. When ready to paint, it looked as if it was made of putty. I hope you won't put it back on the shelf :)
     
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    No, I knew that coming in. I don't use putty, instead I use thick CA glue. I was up late last night and finished all the joints above the wing, saving those big ugly ones underneath for later. Looks pretty good so far. Pictures later.
     
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    Interesting subject! Hope you manage to work this into something nice! I've been thinking about doing one as well, however I do intend to go with the ICM kit (which for only a few quid more seems to offer a lot more modern en better detailed) than this ancient Matchbox kit, althought it lacks the possibility to build a radial engined version. Any special color schemes you have in mind for this build? I've seen quite a few very interesting and wonderful looking schemes for it.
     
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    That's a nice little machine Glenn, I'm sure you'll perform your usual magic on it.
     
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    It's a kind of magic.....Glenn magicc that is....:)
     
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    More filling and sanding. Nothing worth taking a picture of until I shoot some primer on it. Maybe tonight.

    I started this kit some time ago and I don’t think the ICM kit was around yet. I love the mid-late ‘30s Lufthansa colors, so will be doing that (see pricture below) I already have a Ju52 done up like that http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/your-completed-kits/ju-52-lufthansa-italeri-1-72-a-24871.html and have a He-111 with the Lufthansa decals in my stash. The 3 should look good on the shelf lined up next to each other.
     

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    I have to agree about the colors, it really was beautiful!
     
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    I finished up all the joints, and had a close look at the finish in the reflection of my work light. The joints seemed pretty good, but the surface of the wings didn’t look smooth enough for a natural metal finish and needed a light sanding. The problem was that the wings are covered with very delicate raised panel lines. I wet sanded very lightly with 1000 grit sand paper and the lines pretty much disappeared. I have never re-scribed panel lines on an entire model, but this seemed the time to try. About half way through I decided that I was crazy for attempting this for the first time on a model with natural metal finish, but it seemed to go OK. I guess we’ll see when the silver goes on. Here’s what it looked like when I finished. The white blob in the windows is not quite Kristle Klear I put there th mask them shut.
     

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    Good stuff Glenn. You might have problems masking the Kristal klear. I normally apply this after painting the model, as any masking can 'lift' the set KK, and any clear coat will fog it normally.
     
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    Looking good so far Glenn. Nice job on that first attempt scribing.
     
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    Not too bad at all. :)
     
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    #15 T Bolt, Dec 15, 2011
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    No time to work on modeling tonight. Too long of a list from SWMBO

    The Kristle Klear that's on now is only acting as a mask to keep the paint out of the interior. When the painting is done I'll remove it and make the windows out of more Kristle Klear.
     
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    Good thinking 99. [​IMG]
     
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    Mmmm, that is a good idea, good stuff Glenn.
     
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    That really is brilliant! Is it difficult to remove???
     
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    I've been doing it for years. Pops right out with maybe a little clean-up scraping with the backside of a hobby knife.

    I wasn't at all happy with what they gave me for the radiator so I scratch-built one out of thin plastic card and fine mesh.
     

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    Very nice T Bolt. If I had to deal with the "more air than plastic" fit, I'm pretty sure I would have brought out the old Flak hammer and punished the model right then and there. I also seem to learn something from almost every thread I read,ie, Kristal Klear as a mask.

    Geo
     
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