Special Hobby's 1/32 scale
Heinkel He 100 D
by Roland Sachsenhofer
Hobby Boss' 1/32 Spitfire Mk.Vb Trop is available online from Squadron
Many stories have been told about this remarkable aircraft. Although the number of production aircraft did not exceed the number of twelve plus a handful of prototypes, the Heinkel He 100 generated plenty of publicity.
One of these stories refers to the rivalry between Ernst Heinkel and Willy Messerschmitt. Although the He 112 and its follower, the He 100, would have been the superior plane, the RLM opted for Messerschmitts Bf 109 as the Luftwaffe's new standard day fighter.
Another well-known story is the use of the He 100 for a propaganda campaign to herald a “new powerful Luftwaffe fighter”. The handful of production machines have subsequently been filmed with different emblems of three non-existing Luftwaffe units painted on.
A few He 100 were sent to Japan and to the USSR for potential license production. My model depicts one of the five planes evaluated in the Soviet Union before the outbreak of war.
This He 100D, No-3006 was evaluated by the “Scientific Research Center” (NIL WS) near Moscow during 1940.
Building the Special Hobby of the He-100 is quite a straightforward affair with only a few features to keep in mind. My only real compliant is the proportion of the canopy: It is far too wide to fit the fuselage. You have to tackle the tricky challenge of sanding the clear part into proper size or/and squeeze into a good fit.
The plastic parts, made in best short run-quality, may by enhanced here and there with scratched details to increase realism. I did so in the cockpit and the wheel wells, which looked all to empty for me being built out of the box.
I think Special Hobby is to be praised for offering such a beautiful aircraft with such interesting “camo” schemes; I really enjoyed building Heinkels record breaking fighter!
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2018 by Roland Sachsenhofer
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