Hobby Boss 1/48 Bv-141B
|PRICE:||6,000 yen at HLJ|
|NOTES:||New tool kit|
The aircraft was the result of a 1937 specification issued by the the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM) for a single-engine reconnaissance aircraft with optimal visibility for the crew. The preferred design was the Arado Ar 198; however, the prototype proved unsuccessful. The eventual winner was the Focke-Wulf Fw 189 Uhu, even though it had a twin engine design, rather than the desired single engine.
Blohm & Voss, although not invited to participate, pursued a private venture far more radical, designed by Dr. Richard Vogt, the asymmetric BV 141.
Airfix first released a 1/72 kit of the Bv-141B in the late 1960s. In around 1995, a 1/48 kit was released by HiPM. The kit is very difficult, with things not helped by the fact that the clear plastic crew pod is split vertically, which wrecks many of the upper clear sections. While some of these were eventually built by committed modelers, the majority of modelers who attempted this kit were eventually defeated (including yours truly).
This new kit by Hobby Boss, which takes advantage of new developments in molding technology, solves all the problems of the HiPM kit, though it strangely manages to have a prop with the blades reversed. There is now a resin replacement available from Aires, and a rumor that Hobby Boss has changed the prop for future releases. Decals are provided for the first two Bv-141B prototypes.
The kit is well-designed and will present no problems for an OOB build following the excellent instructions. I first painted all the interior for the crew pod with Xtracrylix RLM 66 Schwartzgrau. I also painted the interior side walls of the clear upper section of the pod. While all that set up, I assembled the wing and fuselage, all of which went together without need of filler anywhere.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
I painted the lower surfaces with Xtracrylix RLM 65 Hellblau, and the upper surfaces with RLM 02 Graugrun and RLM 71 Dunklegrun. Once dry, a coat of Future was applied.
The kit decals went on without problem. I then applied two coats of Micro-Scale clear flat. I have been using this lately for the first time in more than 30 years, due to the unavailability of any other acrylic flat, and find that cutting it 50-50 with tap water gives a very nice flat finish with a slight sheen, which is actually the way a flat finish looks out of the factory.
She Who Must Be Obeyed took one look at the model and shook her head in wonder. I think no one who has ever seen a Bv-141 had had a different first reaction. Those who enjoy odd-ball airplanes will like this kit, which is well-designed and produced and presents no problems in building a very nice model. Highly recommended.
Review kit courtesy of HobbyLink Japan.
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