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Airfix 1/72 scale conversion
Heinkel He 177 A-02

by Aldo Chetcuti


Heinkel He 177 A-02



Tamiya's 1/48 scale He 219 A-7 is available online from Squadron

 

Description


I decided to use the Airfix 1/72 scale He 177 kit as a basis for this conversion because I have half a dozen of these old models and frankly did not know what to do with them. The model is broadly speaking correct dimensionally with the worst part being the engine cowl area - perfect because the A-0 machines had slightly smaller cowls. And the way I see it, if I am going to chop off bits here and there might as well do it to this venerable old kit from the immortal Airfix line.

The model surfaces were sanded down and some scribing was done to all surfaces. Conversion consists of cutting down the fuselage by around 30mm just aft of the wing trailing edge, reshaping wing tip contours, remodelling engine nacelles and cowls, shortening tailfin and rudder, new flaps and engine exhausts, broadening the prop blades, new glazing throughout and other subtle changes. Reference was not that much of a problem as DL+AQ was probably one of the most photographed pre-production He 177s.

Colours are auto paint as are gloss and matt varnishes.

Aftermarket decals are practically non-existent and recent issues are dubious in accuracy. The wing walk lines were a two week nightmare and I will not be doing anything similar for a long time.

 

  • Airfix 1/72 scale conversion Heinkel He 177 A-02 by Aldo Chetcuti: Image
  • Airfix 1/72 scale conversion Heinkel He 177 A-02 by Aldo Chetcuti: Image
  • Airfix 1/72 scale conversion Heinkel He 177 A-02 by Aldo Chetcuti: Image
  • Airfix 1/72 scale conversion Heinkel He 177 A-02 by Aldo Chetcuti: Image
  • Airfix 1/72 scale conversion Heinkel He 177 A-02 by Aldo Chetcuti: Image
  • Airfix 1/72 scale conversion Heinkel He 177 A-02 by Aldo Chetcuti: Image
  • Airfix 1/72 scale conversion Heinkel He 177 A-02 by Aldo Chetcuti: Image
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