Revell 1/72 Blohm & Voss “Wiking” Build – Part 2 – Stages 49 to 64

2 With the initial construction phase of the BV 222 complete: see Revell 1/72 Blohm & Voss “Wiking” Build – Part 1 – Stages 1 to 48. The six Bramo engines were assembled. These units come in six sections and can be modelled with the maintenance access covers in the open or closed positions. Next the aileron, rudder and elevator actuators were added, as were all of the peripheral accessories. The guns and propellers were left until last whilst the aircraft was being masked in order to avoid damaging them. 6 Camouflage & Markings Of the two options available in the kit (the first an example that served in the Mediterranean theatre), I chose; BV 222, V2, “X4+BH”, SAGr.130, Norway, 1944-45. This aircraft was captured intact by the British liberating forces in Norway. The windows, canopy and nose gunners glazing were masked with Tamiya tape and the entire aircraft was primed with grey auto-primer. The undersides were airbrushed with two tins of White Ensign Models WEMCC ALCW03 Hellblau (RLM 65) and left to dry overnight. In the meantime, the top-turret was constructed and masked with Tamiya tape, primed and airbrushed with Humbrol Matt 241 (RLM 73 Grun). 7 The following day, the BV 222 was airbrushed with two tins of Humbrol Matt 241 (RLM 73 Grun) during the morning spraying session. During the evening, the upper-surfaces were masked in a Luftwaffe 1944 ‘splinter’ pattern. Using the Mediterranean 3-view colour profile in the instructions makes a perfect template for this job. The aircraft was then airbrushed with Humbrol Matt 243 (RLM 72 Dark Grun). Once dry, the BV 222 was masked using a combination of Blu-Tac and Tamiya tape before the ‘white distemper’ camouflage was applied with Humbrol Matt 34 white. The decals were of excellent quality and went on without any complications with the use of Micro-Sol setting solution. 10 The Blohm & Voss was allowed to settle overnight before post-shading and a wash of Windsor & Newton Burnt Umber and Raw Sienna was applied into the panel lines. I gave the BV 222 a ‘water mark’ using the same process. Since this aircraft was captured in April/May 1945, I wanted to give the impression that it had seen ‘heavy’ service. Black and white photographs of these magnificent machines show them to be in poor condition at the end of the war. 11 Final Construction The upper-turret, wing turrets, and FUG 200 radar were fitted, as were the guns in the four waist positions and the gun-barrel in the nose. Finally, the aerial wires were added. The wires were 0.2mm copper wire coloured black, kindly supplied by Paul Fitzmaurice of Little-cars who carry an extensive range of accessories, which add that final touch to your project. Link to: Little-Cars 12 Conclusion Another fine kit from Revell. How they can provide an aircraft of this size for £39.99 is beyond me. Add to that the fine exterior detail and a full interior, if you have the room, this kit is a must. Highly recommended. 13 Special thanks go to Bob and Chris Hext of Spot-On Models, Fleet Street, Swindon for this review sample. The in-box review can be seen on this site by clicking on this link: Revell 1/72 Blohm & Voss BV 222 “Wiking” – In-box REVIEW 14 GALLERY 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 3

Richard Reynolds.

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