Revell 1/72 BV P.194
DIE LUFTWAFFE TRÄUMTE"
"IN THEIR LUFTWAFFE DREAMS"
In short, what history? Yet another of those German drawing board aircraft, the Blohm & Voss factory designed this one in 1944 as a single-seat multi-role aircraft. It never got off the drawing board, although it was almost completed. It was to have been equipped with bombs of various sizes. The design offered a high ground speed and good climbing performances. Standard armament was to have been two 151 machine guns and two heavy cannon. The configuration of the powerful BMW 801 radial in the asymmetrical fuselage and the Jumo turbojet engine under the cockpit nacelle represented a bold design for the time. The performance was to have excelled the Dornier Do-335.
Typical of the Revell-Germany series of "Luft '46" models, this contains a very good representation of a late 1940's German cockpit, generic of course. I painted the cockpit RLM 66 using Polly Scale acrylic.
Seat cushions were painted Olive Green and belts done with decal painted Dirty White. Instrument gauges were done with white punched Waldron disks and instruments represented using Reheat Models Instrument Decals. Side console boxes and switches on the cockpit tub were hand painted.
A couple of Reheat Models Control Placard and Data Placard Decals were utilized in the cockpit. I cut off the Revi gunsight and replaced it with a scratch built item using clear and standard sheet styrene.
Wheels and Bomb Bays:
All interior bomb bay and wheel wells were painted RLM 02, with the main gear door interiors and bomb bay door interiors being painted likewise. Bombs were painted flat black and set aside until final assembly.
The main wheels were painted black also, with the tire being painted Grimy Black by brush and given a light earth wash. The rear wheel was painted RML 02, tire Grimy Black, and oleo RLM 24 Red. The main struts were painted RLM 65 as per instructions. Oleos were done with bare-metal foil strips.
A couple of Reheat Data Placards were used on the struts. Retraction rods were paint RLM 65 also, with the oleos painted Chrome Silver.
There's not much to the Jumo turbojet engine, just some turbine blades molded deep within the intake and a separate exhaust piece. But the BMW 801 is a beautiful looking piece. I painted the intake turbine blades silver and gave them a very thin black wash. The separate jet exhaust was painted Polly Scale Graphite, and then buffed with a little SNJ powder.
The BMW radial pieces were painted Engine Gray and the cylinders painted Oxidized Aluminum. After a clear gloss coat, the cylinders were given a black wash. The front row exhaust wash was painted Burnt Iron. Interiors to all engine covers was painted RLM 02 and given a light black wash.
The exhaust is molded beautifully onto the rear engine-mounting piece. This area was first painted RLM 02 and the exhausts painted Burnt Iron. All were accented with a 0.005-inch tech pen and black ink. A Reheat Data Placard was used on the front bank of cylinder's gear case. The oil-cooling fan was painted Graphite and buffed with a little SNJ powder.
Prop was painted RLM 70 Black-Green and set aside. I used Polly Scale Yellow primer on the spinner and Black Trim Film Decal for the rear. I didn't like the kit's engine access support rods and preferred to make my own.
I built this per instructions, but added the ubiquitous D/F loop antenna was scratch-built with copper wire and a simple whip antenna done with stainless steel wire. I thought of doing it with aerial wiring, but figured that being a "Luft '46" hypothetical aircraft, the Luftwaffe would be using radio equipment similar to the Allies, which had little or no wiring. Only the Soviets hung on to aerial wires into the jet age. I added some gun barrels from insulin hypo pieces, but otherwise left the kit as be.
PAINT & DECALS
I went straight by the instructions here, using the RLM splinter scheme of RLM 70/71/65. I had to substitute the RLM 71 Dark Green with RLM 80 Olive Green, as my RLM 71 had turned into a pile of goo.
The model was primed in RLM 65 and areas masked to paint the nacelle nose, under wing tips, and rudder RLM 04 Yellow. All was masked and the uppers painted the RLM 80 Olive. The instructions were blown up to scale and templates made to cut from masking tape to cover the Olive Green. All upper then received a spray of RLM 70 Black-Green.
All masking was removed save the clear parts and the model was given two prep coats of Model Master Clear Gloss Acrylic. Decals from the kit were used and although better than past Revell-AG decals, they still refuse to lie in recesses well and have no reaction to solvent. I had to get the two tail swastikas from a set of Hasegawa swastikas I have. There is a full range of stencils and decaling took a full two sessions.
After the decals had dried, the model received a sealant coat of Clear Gloss and all recessed controls and access panels were inked with a 0.005-in tech pen and India ink. Exhaust stains from the radial was ever so slightly given a light brushing of black powder pastel before giving the model a finish coat of Clear Flat and applying Future to the exterior clear pieces. Wing navigation lights were paint Bright Silver and then Clear Red and Clear Green.
The pilot is one of the wonderful Prieser series of Luftwaffe figures. I primed it in gray and hand painted using acrylics. Shadowing and highlights were done with inks and pastels.
This was an absolute fun kit. Everything fit supremely well, the kit went together very fast, but painting took up a good time. The options for finishes are as open as the weather, so any scheme is possible and by far no one is limited to the model's instructions, which I did. The only fault I find is not with the kit, but that Revell-AG engineers can give us modelers a kit this good, when it could have done a real airplane that is so missing from the 1/72 scene; a real good P/F-80 or F-86 series.
Caz Dalton August 2001
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