The Mark I Models kit is quite nice with 35 plastic parts, 1 clear part, a nice and sharp PE fret with parts for seats, cockpit and antennas. A small cardboard base representing an airfield section is beside the kit as well. Four decal options are available, two German, one each for a captured US and Czech aero plane.
There is some flash with the plastic parts. They will need some extra work to clean up the parts as usual with Mark I Models kits. But this is modelmaking
17. September 2015, 10:24
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17. September 2015, 20:49
Hehe Win, yep you're welcome to follow
Ok here we go, first step to get an overview oft he main parts and the fit. First look – the fit is awful. A lot of filling, sanding and rescribing panel lines and details will be necessary to get a smooth fit and look of all of the parts. But no lamenting, the race is on
18. September 2015, 17:44
That looks promising, Christian. But your models are always excelent
18. September 2015, 19:22
pe parts in that scale must be murderous
I even could't see them
18. September 2015, 20:17
Just a moment, I'll get my magnifying glass. hehe. Good luck to your watchmaker work Christian.
18. September 2015, 20:25
19. September 2015, 06:53
Holy Moly Gentleman, thank you all very much for all your interest, kind comments. and best wishes.
@Stephan, PE in that scale is quite ok for me because I most work in smaller scale 1/350 with PE. I will post some photos soon.
@Pierre-Christian, yes painting is a bit a challenge in that scale. I paint the tiny birds most with my airgun. You have to be much careful handling and masking the parts as well as to be careful with the pressure not to overflow the parts with paint. But the subtle mottling will be the biggest challenge I think!?
19. September 2015, 12:01
Hi Christian. Can I make a suggestion for the markings for the cammo. ?
I have used blue tack (Silly putty) in small pieces and shaped them into place with a flat tool.
These were applied after the colour that the splotches were going to be was sprayed on first, then the top coat is applied after you have placed the putty spots the way you want them. Have a look at a Ju-87 I did using this method.
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20. September 2015, 00:19
Thx for the hint Kerry
I'm not sure if this will work pretty well in scale 144. Seems to me both, airbrushing free hand or applying all the blue tack is something like a challenge. Well, there is some time before I have to decide which way to go
20. September 2015, 09:39
Or.!!! for i/144 th, Maybe use dobs of masking fluid and shape it with the tip of a sharp wooden match ? and a really thin application of paint and remove the MF quickly before a 'hard edge forms around the dobs. !! ?
20. September 2015, 10:40
@Stephan, you'll find now a detail photo of the PE.
@Kerry, yep I'll think about it till it is time to start the paint work. It sounds like a good idea but time consuming as well
The main problem will be to remove all the splotches fast to avoid and damage because of already dry paint.
Well, first work is done. Nacelles are fixed to the wing to prepare it for the further work, filling, sanding and re scribing.
The cockpit floor is in place. There is a big ejector pin mark on the port fuselage halve I have to fill first before I can go on with the cockpit. I will try to add some details at the more or less naked side panels. I guess some thin styrene and the one or other 0,1mm copper wire will bring some life to the cockpit. The canopy is in one piece but it should be possible to cut it off carefully to allow me to present an open cockpit – mmmhh let's have it a try.
The radiator cowling is just in a close position. I'm not sure if it was open when on the ground, but it will look much better to have them open – mmmhh let'have it a try too to make them new!
The whole project reminds me to my close friend Peter who sadly passed away last year in May. He was just 62 years old. He was a good friend to Georg-Hermann Greiner, a former Night Fighter Pilot and last Commander of IV. / NJG 1 . As a legacy out of Peter's library I got the book Hunters of the Reich – Night Fighters by David P. Williams. Peter got from Mr. Greiner as a birthday present in 2001 with a personal dedication. Well a good book to read and good to remember my friend!
20. September 2015, 13:34
Hi Christian, thank you for showing us this very small PE parts - this is sooooooooo small.
How to handle and glue them in place- it's a mirical to me!
but when I see your results -even with your small scale ships - I know there must be a way.
20. September 2015, 16:30
Wow this kit seems to be extraordinary, PE cockpit details in 144, and even a baseplate provided - you can hardly want more ! I'll be watching........
20. September 2015, 17:43
Christian, I see you mentioned the 'edge' that will be left after the removal of the splotches and the method I have always used to alleviate the problem of the remaining excess is to press the sticky side of some masking tape onto the surface and lift it off rapidly, and it usually happens that the soft edge will be removed and then all that is left to do then is sand the finished surface smooth.
I have used this method on all areas I have had a masking agent applied where I was left with that hang edge and I have usually had good results when it is done before the paint goes too hard. :-/
20. September 2015, 19:00
Well Stephan, the main problem is applying the super glue to fix the part at the model and not at the tweezers
Mhhh Hanno, the kit is well provided with PE, display and decal options, but the quality isn't as good as usual with this company. Even less parts all need a lot of attention because of overflush and mismatch in mold. Nothing to be too worried about, but some extra work.
Thx Kerry, I will keep this in my mind and give it a try
P.S. any ideas about the interior color? I guess it should be RLM66
21. September 2015, 17:13
I agree with you Christian super glue and tweezers is not a good combination - Its always a tricky thing to apply this small parts right in place
but your a doing a great job.
21. September 2015, 17:42
22. September 2015, 18:48
Hi Christian, I am wondering how the 'clean up' of the joins went mate, as I see the tape holding it fast so far.
28. September 2015, 21:03
Mhhh Kerry I hope they will went well, but I did not start to clean them already.
I first start detailing the more or less naked cockpit a little bit. The excellent progress you have shown in your WIP helped much. The small and tiny interpretation in my Uhu's cockpit does not correspond the original one but it is just thought as an illusion to catch the eye. The seats are made of PE, they're quite nice as well as the still missing instrument panel. Next I will paint the cockpit and add a light and subtle washing.
After that I can glue both fuselage halves together to start cleaning up the joints, etc.
I thought about some extra details not coming with the kit – open canopy, extended flaps and some new landing gear struts, but time will tell.
29. September 2015, 17:47
You have my full attention Christian, and just the way you tell it is exciting, as this small scale really fascinates me and I am surely going to try my hand at one as soon as possible.
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30. September 2015, 09:46
Christian, I do admire your ability to work with such fine PE and the miniscule plastic bits you have added to the cockpit area.
My hat's off mate.
30. September 2015, 09:51
looked it up and ordered one myself... the A7 variant, and some l-39 albatrosses too...
30. September 2015, 12:27
1. October 2015, 17:53
Your not only am amazing modeller Christian, but a great salesman as well. !! :-O
But now I do know where to look and what to get.
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2. October 2015, 06:55
Thx for the explanation, will keep these in mind for a next buy...
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2. October 2015, 07:16
How could I miss this one.... I never saw an UHU in 1:144 before. Great start!
2. October 2015, 07:39
Yep Martien, one of my favorites. I much like the Coastal Command scheme.
@Christian, no problem and many thx, glad you like it
2. October 2015, 08:59
Cockpit and front wheel well are painted. I useed Vallejo Model Color 056 Blue Grey. When completely dry I will paint some of the consoles, boxes etc. in black. The finish will be done with a slightly wash and by highlight the details. Seats are painted Blue Grey too, they need some extra color for the belts etc.
4. October 2015, 16:03
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4. October 2015, 18:22
Looks like a great start, Christian. Klein aber fein
4. October 2015, 18:44
You are achieving wonderful results CB, and the seats just blow me away.
Like we all want to know, just what are you going to add to that cockpit. ?
Great work mate.
4. October 2015, 19:58
You are right Kezza, that tiny tiny seats have real impressive detail.
5. October 2015, 11:45
There are some awesome skills being exhibited here, and what a place to see them.
5. October 2015, 11:55
nice progress so far, counting the time till mine arrives..
5. October 2015, 12:35
Bart, I am looking forward to your build appearing here, and BTW, there is no need to rush when you start, as this build will be taking some time.
5. October 2015, 13:28
Wow, I was overjoyed by all your very kind comments and feedback about my progress. Thx a lot mates!
Well, Pierre-Christian I guess I'll use some dark grey and brown wash and highlights in light grey. Before I may will add some dots in green, white and red to represent switches etc. But I most thing of such details when I start the work. So time and progress will tell and I'll let you know
And yes there is no rush. I plan to do some extra work like extended flaps, open cockpit etc. to keep up with the excellent big birds in progress in this group build
5. October 2015, 18:32
I am enjoying the pace and exhibitions of everybody's skills here, and all are of top quality.
5. October 2015, 18:51
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6. October 2015, 16:47
, wenn ich meine 48er 219 nur im Ansatz so detailreich schaffen kann , dann würde ich mich in Zufriedenheit nach hinten lehnen
was noch sehr interessant ist , die tschechische Kennung der 219, dürften ja nicht viele gewesen sein, und leider auch keine, auch nur in Teilen erhalten
6. October 2015, 18:45
Moin Holger un Jens, Dank för dat Loff
Alles gut Jens, Du kannst Dich ruhig nach hinten lehnen! Mir gefallen Deine Fliescher auserordentlich gut!
Well back to English, the cockpit is finished! I add some points and details painted in white, red and green. The seat belt are painted in bright olive green with some details in olive green. The head rest was painted dark red brown. I did not add a wash because I thought the cockpit will look to dark in that scale. So I decide only to highlight all surfaces very carefully to get some depth effects. Once finished I glued the fuselage halves together. The fit isn't as good as on Mark I's Ta-152. But some filling, sanding and rescribing will make it all smooth. I used Tamiya Extra Thin Cement and later I filled all seam lines with Super Glue.
Photo no. 22 give you a close view to the cockpit. The opening of the cockpit is just 20mm in length. From my point of view it looks quite nice for that scale. There is only one topic I was not really confident with, a big splotch of glue on one of the seat belts
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6. October 2015, 19:02
Thx Christian. It is an most enjoyable build because of all your respectable society
I like to follow yours and the others progress on their Uhu.
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6. October 2015, 19:14
The loan of the electron microscope camera was helpful in getting all the images of this fantastic 1/144 Uhu posted, and It is just a superb example of how skilled Christian B is, and all our mates are.
6. October 2015, 19:21
6. October 2015, 19:27
I couldn't agree with you more Guido. Exciting stuff.
6. October 2015, 19:35
Wow what a great job here ! Christian, how can you paint all these so small details so well ? The seats for exemple, your painting is perfect on the seat belts, great job mate ! Cheers.
7. October 2015, 05:29
Thx mates for your very kind comments. I much appreciate it and I'm glad you like the these tiny bird. Well Pierre-Christian, a steady hand, good brushes and paints and a lot of patience help much. Next to this it was a long way to get a more or less good result even under the watchful eyes of the cameras microscope lenses
7. October 2015, 19:29
7. October 2015, 19:50
Hehe, you know the enemies of all model kits. Dust, finger viewers on modeling shows and macro function on a photo camera
8. October 2015, 18:05
Yes, I too experience these problems, but the show must go on hey. !!!
8. October 2015, 21:43
I think I will ignite the next phase on my He-219 and start to scratch build an engine to represent on of the nacelles open. I'm not sure if this will work proper and look like I expect it should look in that scale but I'll give it a try. The excellent photos you have posted in your WIP Kerry will help me much. So stay tuned on this mates.
9. October 2015, 19:45
Building a DB-603 in this scale should be no problem for a man who can fold and rig the wires on the wings on an "Albatross" and add a fuel cock to it as well.
This will be something wonderful to watch Christian,
9. October 2015, 20:49
Yeah, go ahead Christian, and don`t you forget the oil lines and the superchargerfan !
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10. October 2015, 12:45
If anyone can make that happen, then it is Christian, the master of the almost invisible .
10. October 2015, 18:20
10. October 2015, 20:10
No pressure at all mates, just motivating
Thx for that mates
Well the engine nacelle is cut of and a firewall was added. I sealed the seam line with PVA glue. Guess it will ok when painted. The DB-603 was made of flat and round styrene. The size is guess work, but it fit well to the firewall and the cowling will fit smooth too. I tried it but did not make a photo, because I will add some more small details as well as the four hinges at the firewall.
Took some time but it was fun to scratch build the tiny part. May you can imagine how small it was – or
10. October 2015, 20:21
We can all imagine just how big the grin on your face was as you put these miniscule bits together mate. !!
But the pencil hasn't show up yet.
10. October 2015, 20:44
10. October 2015, 20:46
And Thomas, lol, he does this with every build he does mate. !!!!
10. October 2015, 20:49
I know - his work is so inspiring that I just bought a 1:144 kit to try it myself.
10. October 2015, 20:56
Engine detail on a 1/144th scale !!
Now you are just mocking us Christian
10. October 2015, 21:24
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11. October 2015, 07:48
Well Kerry, the chief was off duty Saturday evening and took the pencil with him. Guess he want to write a check list how many beers he had or to write down the addresses of the Ladies he met
Gentleman, thx for your encouraging and overwhelming comments
Some more and clearer photos show the arrangement when fitted to the engine nacelle. I guess there should be some stringers downside, left and right to hold the engine cowling, I will add later.
I'll try to add some fine wire to represent the cables and pipes fitted to the engine, just a little bit illusionary work. Rest will be done later with some paint and weathering effects.
11. October 2015, 09:20
A watch maker with a hobby who chases chicks on his night's off, with a pencil no less. lol, , and ain't we lucky to have him here. !
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11. October 2015, 09:31
Oh, of course mate, of course. hehehe, but I do like the look of the pre fit and it will be stunning >
11. October 2015, 09:33
11. October 2015, 09:41
I asked Christian to send some photos of his instructions to represent the open engine cowlings as best as possible. I just think how to do them. I'll give transparent paper a try. It should be thin enough and it could be slightly bended. Finally covered with super glue it should stay in shape.
11. October 2015, 09:44
Some years ago I built an engine cowling for a Wildcat using a yoghurt cup. Some of these cups are very thin and the shape is almost there. Please send me Your email adress for some scanns.
11. October 2015, 09:54
Mhhh, could work too. Thinking about your idea, the bottleneck of wine bottles is covered with a thin foil! Mhh, I'll try something later.
Email address – done
11. October 2015, 10:00
or a empty can of Cola/Red Bull?
what's the size of the engine in cm's?
11. October 2015, 10:02
Mmhh, the material is to thick I think. Whole length 10.8mm or 0.39in.
11. October 2015, 10:12
I see, your earlier wine bottle idea (did miss that post) is probably a good one. 1,8 cm... is crazy isn't it
11. October 2015, 11:58
11. October 2015, 13:12
Thx Guido and Ingmar
With some additional information I thought a while what to do, because the engine was placed to far forward. First I thought to start building a new engine, but that I noticed, that the firewall at the nacelle was placed wrong. I had to cut out the nacelle much more and I had to add a new firewall placed more aft. That all worked well and I only had some minor changes at the engine. Once replaced it looks much better, see photo no. 35- left old, right new. I than add some more details like tanks, cables, pipes etc. Inside of the nacelle I placed the hinges and some stringer. All in all it looks quite nice for that scale.
11. October 2015, 17:40
Do I feel like I've been passed on the right ? Yes! Not enough with oillines and supercharger, no, it had to be two oil tanks plus filler caps !!!
Christian the sixeyed magician !
11. October 2015, 18:13
Awesome work and that in this scale.....
11. October 2015, 18:17
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11. October 2015, 18:55
Holy "Don't stop me now" Batman, !!!! Do you think he will next build the radiators and cowl opening struts too. ????
Oh Robin, don't be silly, he would never attempt something like THAT. !!! :-/
11. October 2015, 20:26
12. October 2015, 05:32
excellent work on the engine... like Pierre-Christian says, crazy build... even a little crazy modeller...
12. October 2015, 06:57
Wow, can't think of much else. The detail is amazing in such a small scale.
12. October 2015, 11:00
Christian B will surprise you when you least expect it.
He's a genius.
12. October 2015, 11:23
Holy Moly and crazy modeler Batman and genius Robin
Thank you all for your encouraging and very kind comments. They're all a good impulse to make the best of everything and I much appreciate it
I did not thought to add struts Kerry, but I just noticed you posted some inspiration in your GB
By the way, does any of you have a good photo source about the Westerland airfield in 1944 / 1945? I'm most interested in any photo of the hangars, inside and outside!
13. October 2015, 18:08
RUI, Where are you when we need you mate ?????
13. October 2015, 20:17
I was being cheeky with my radiator and cowling struts comment Christian, but I reckon you could do it actually. :-O
Your the man. !!
13. October 2015, 20:20
Kerry it's "you're the man"
cheeky I know but good grammar is the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you're shit haha
Anyhow Christian, Kerry is right, you're the man !
your plumbing on a 1/144 engine is humbling for the rest of us mortals
13. October 2015, 20:38
Choppa, You certainly have a way with the Queen's English mate.
I totally agree with you.
Christian CAN do it.
13. October 2015, 22:33
lol yeah he definitely seems highly capable
and thanks, the attempt to be funny is always worth the risk, even if I fail monumentally but especially when I succeed
But if I am honest I probably fail more often than not.
13. October 2015, 23:51
14. October 2015, 00:09
Hehehe, a pleasure to peruse your conversation
, reminds me to a conversation of elderly married couples
Mates, thank you very much for your kindest comment, but I don't think so Choppa that anyone of you have to hide away his talent and work. Stalking around here on Scalemates you can find so many talented modelers and their high quality modelmaking as nowhere else – and a lot of likeable craziness too
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Ah and by the way, most important are photos from the Münster-Handorf airfield instead of Westerland airfield. Any help is much appreciated!
TIA, Cheers, Christian
14. October 2015, 18:47
Ah, An other satisfied customer.
...........................................NEXT. !! :-O
14. October 2015, 20:43
14. October 2015, 20:49
I'm sorry, but I don't have a licence to sell cheese. !
14. October 2015, 21:02
but this is a cheese shop, what do you mean you don't have any cheese ?
14. October 2015, 21:10
14. October 2015, 21:26
Scalemates - your number one provider for links to Monty Python clips.
14. October 2015, 21:28
14. October 2015, 21:32
You crazy man.. I love that engine, I have built a Merlin in 1/144, but not any of German ones, will need some for Me-109.. Thanks for inspiring work
15. October 2015, 14:54
I much like their bizarre and black humor
My favorite Fawlty Towers The Germans:
Back to modeling - thx Edgars
15. October 2015, 18:08
That episode really caused a stir too, but funny as it gets.
15. October 2015, 19:35
15. October 2015, 21:03
haha, classic !!
six episodes just wasn't enough
And now for something ever so slightly different
I found this amusing, especially the moment where he removes the waffer thin mint
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15. October 2015, 21:40
Some mates asked for more information, what kind of materials I used and how I did the engine. Please feel free to pick up the main dimensions and additional information.
I cut part 1 in length. Then I cut part 2 diagonal in half to get two pieces of triangular cross section. You can use triangular profiles but I did not have them. I than glued part 2 left and right to part 1 in a level to get the 5,2mm in general height. Cut out a 1,5mm long edge left and right of part 1 through the level of part 2. You need this cutout to add the radiator part 3+4. For the basic part of the radiator cut of a small piece of a 1,5mm diameter rod. Scroll another 0,5mm rod with a drill until it bend round in approx. 1,5mm inner diameter. Glue both parts together and add it to the left side of the engine block. The front part is just to hold and fit the engine inside of the cowling. I used a diam. 2,4mm rod of approx. 6,0mm. I add a thin piece of flat styrene (scrolled until it is round) on the side of the engine block to get a bigger diameter. All the rest, some bits and pieces of 0,3 – 0,5mm thick flat and round styrene to make it looks like an engine. I use some 0,1mm copper wire and 0,8mm brass rod to represent some valves, cables etc. For the small tanks left and right you should calculate the size for your own once your engine is finished to make it fit smooth.
16. October 2015, 18:19
16. October 2015, 18:21
Simple when you know how.
Master classes are held and diplomas in miniaturization can be collected at the Christian Bruer school of fine scale modelling, all at no charge.
16. October 2015, 19:32
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18. October 2015, 08:41
The first layer of White Putty was laid down along the gap between wings and engine nacelles. Seems to me a lot of sanding and rescribing will be necessary to get a good shape and fit. Well, time will tell!
18. October 2015, 13:12
With your abilities, This won't be much of a problem mate.
It is coming along as well as I expected from you Christian B
18. October 2015, 14:16
Well Kerry it is just the handling of the small and tiny parts. The outer side will not be a problem, but it isn't easy to sand the inner side of the nacelles. I think I will need one or two more layers to get it in shape. I had the same with the nacelles of my Tigercat.
18. October 2015, 17:02
I'm sure you'll get it right. But of course this is time consuming and a better fit is always more fun. At least for me.
18. October 2015, 19:07
I do not mean to sound "Glibb" when I say that I know you can overcome problems Christian B, but your abilities always astound me and entertain me and I take it for granted that you are such a gifted modeller.
18. October 2015, 20:00
Well I always try to make the best of everything and not to throw the towel. Once you have a good idea you can solve most problems. Think and you'll find a way
19. October 2015, 18:02
Hooray for thinking !!
a much under rated past time that has been sadly in decline for the last decade or two (if not more)
19. October 2015, 19:26
20. October 2015, 10:36
@Choppa, we hold the fort
@Rui, many thx for the information. I follow your informative album with great interest and noticed the photos you have mentioned here. Sadly they show only a small cutout and therefore I'm looking for a better overview of the specific hangars on Münster-Handorf airfield. But thx again for you kind support
20. October 2015, 16:26
Be welcome mate. It was what I found for now.
Glad to know that you follow the "MT" album, THX, for that.
20. October 2015, 17:12
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21. October 2015, 06:46
Hi Christian, I've found some other interesting photos of hangar interiors but with works in other German planes. Do you think it would be a interesting "MT" post to see?
Maybe for a brain storm in new ideas, hehe.
@Bart, Thx for your comment
21. October 2015, 08:31
21. October 2015, 08:34
Thx Rui, yes please I will soon take a look. Great, I have piqued your interest
21. October 2015, 19:04
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22. October 2015, 00:49
Guys, I am wondering if it is at all possible to find the information on these airfields and their structures that would have been recorded during the war that is in some national history archive that the public can access. ?
Now Rui, you bloodhound, there is a challenge for you.
22. October 2015, 01:24
22. October 2015, 07:07
Wim, Thank you my friend, I will certainly take a look.
22. October 2015, 07:18
In my research for the GERMAN HANGAR INTERIORS, I found a lot of photos of their different facades, as in photo 32 (just because of the HEINKEL) or photo 34 on MT2.
The problem was, that the captions on most of them didn't say where it was. Worse, I didn't find none with caption on specific hangars on Münster-Handorf airfield.
So, sorry Christian, but hey, I still have some more magazines and books to look into, so you never know.
BTW, Christian what got my attention, was your especial watchmaker work. Incredible
22. October 2015, 10:52
Hehe bloodhound, or terrier
@Rui, thank your very much for all your effort! I much appreciate it. I will take a look soon but I think you found out so many information that it doesn't matter not to have a photo of Münster-Handorf airfield.
And thx as well for your kind words about my latest work
22. October 2015, 17:39
Christian, be welcome Mate.
Are you willing to do a complete hangar with façades and roof, or only the side scenery panels?
22. October 2015, 18:38
Hahahaha, Rui is a private detective in his spare time too.
22. October 2015, 21:30
Hehe Kerry yep we're all in his focus of modeling detective work
@Rui, I plan to build a segment, two walls and maybe a part of the roof, but time will tell.
23. October 2015, 17:17
I'm just interested to see how it will go and if I can help.
No scrutiny here. I'm sure you will do a great job, good luck for it.
23. October 2015, 17:25
23. October 2015, 17:32
I'd love to have a beer with him Christian, as I reckon there would be a very funny story come out of him.
23. October 2015, 19:40
24. October 2015, 09:11
"Dear Doctor, I am in trouble." hahahaha
24. October 2015, 10:20
hehehe Hi mates,
You addicts watchmakers are so incredible creative.
Anyway now, I've to help someone else hehehe, catch you later.
24. October 2015, 11:03
JUST LEAVE THE PAIN KILLERS DOC. !!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
24. October 2015, 11:50
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24. October 2015, 13:49
I put this aside for a long time, but yesterday I put it back on the bench. I much like the open engine nacelle and want to finish this one day
Well, there was some filling along the nacelles requiered. I start sanding and rescribbing the necelles and start adding some more filler on the nose section to get a proper fit for the canopy. Some more filler at the tail section. Mhhh, I guess this little kit need more filler than my Kangnam Scooter. The overall fit isn't that good, the He 219 kit does not come close to the Ta-152 I have build from this company. But anyhow, this is modelmaking
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5. May 2017, 21:07
Very inspiring work Christian
5. May 2017, 22:12
I love your work. I just don't know how you do it on such tiny subjects. You are a master that is for sure.
6. May 2017, 01:23
Thank you Markus, Choppa, Alec and Clifford. I'm glad you like it
6. May 2017, 08:44
10. May 2017, 18:02
Man, I find 1/72 fiddly enough. And you work these wonders in 1/144!
10. May 2017, 19:02
Thank you Spanjaard and Martin. Mhh, I come from 1/700 and 1/350 in ship modeling, so my definition of fiddly is a bit different
And may you notice I start with scale 1/72, so I double the scale
10. May 2017, 19:54
I intend to do my small scale stuff also first, my eyesight and handling doesn't get better while getting older...
, but it's very nice what you show here...
11. May 2017, 06:49
Mensch, das ist ja mal ne Augenweite. Der Motor ist top. Dein Feed ist abonniert.
11. May 2017, 11:01
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12. May 2017, 19:00
Ach Christian, so klein würde ich auch gern können... Aber das seh ich wohl nicht mehr ... Top work
12. May 2017, 20:08
Allein meine tattrigkeit, läßt mich 1:144 nicht machen. Aber Christian, dass ist echt ne coole 219!!"!!!!!
13. May 2017, 08:34
13. May 2017, 08:44
Thank you very much mates
Believe me, that thing looks huge looking through my magnifier
The rest is easy - with a glass of Schnapps - to get a steady hand
13. May 2017, 12:44
A lot of filling and sanding was required to get a good fit without any overlapping of the canopy. Not only filler was required on the nose but also a lot of material has to be removed from the fuselage sides. That wasn't that easy because of the size of the parts and a lot of panel lines, but after several hours of carefull sanding and rescribbing it seems to be ok. A first base coat of paint will show how it will really look!
15. May 2017, 17:35
more sanding along the seam line between the wing section and the fuselage. It was tricky sanding and rescribing along the contour of the wing. But with patience and only sligtly sanding it went out quite nice. A base coat will show if everything is smooth.
25. May 2017, 17:28
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9. June 2017, 11:13
Progress was made on my He 219. The seats, controll stick and front console are in place now, the canopy is pre painted and the engine is glued in place. Some small parts are cleaned and ready for some paint.
18. August 2017, 15:29
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18. August 2017, 16:15
Every year I have this kit in my hands in Berlin Gatow. Till now I didn't buy it. Looking steht your work I know that I can't do this. Great job Christian.
18. August 2017, 16:52
Thank you Acki for your kind comment. You should give it a try. You only need patience, some putty and sanding paper.
18. August 2017, 17:51
Thx for your kind comment. Mhhh, somewhere I will be an Alien
I have magnifying glasses and a bench to hold my arm, but most is patience.
18. August 2017, 18:44
... patience, putty and sanding paper .... you forgot to mention a "spoonful of modelling skills"
18. August 2017, 19:25
18. August 2017, 19:30
the tools can be purchased, the skills, can be mastered (sometimes). but the attention to detail and patience you have..... are a talent that it is a lot more difficult to come by!
excellent work Christian, as usual.
18. August 2017, 22:10
Totally agree Spanjaard.
It's always exciting to see what Christian comes out with.
18. August 2017, 22:22
Agree and even more when you think about the scale we are talking here....
18. August 2017, 23:18
The engine is excellent
18. August 2017, 23:24
Well a good experience was scale 1/700 ship modeling. I learned a lot of the techniques and even the handling of small parts I still use today. Again I have to mention patience, because of handling these small parts and looking for them on the floor because they jumped of my tweezers
Thank you very much Thomas, Choppa, Spanjaard, Kerry, Sören and Alec for your very kind comments. I'm glad you had a look in it
19. August 2017, 08:45
The canopy is in place as well as the undercarriage. I use acrylic gel to fit the canopy before I apply a little CA glue along the seam line to prevent any fogging inside of the canopy.
Finally the undercarriage is in fixed and the bird can stand on its own legs. Now wonder that the plane is a tailsitter. No problem, because the plane will be later fixed on its base. All in all the kit looks quite well and represent the elegnat lines of the He 219 suitable. Now there are only a few small parts to fit before I can start the paintwork.
20. August 2017, 09:05
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21. August 2017, 07:32
the nightfighter has it's wheels... splendid work so far... thought that it would be impossible to avoid tailsitting
21. August 2017, 08:46
Thx Bart, glad you like it
About the tailsitting, in this tiny scale this isn't a problem, because I glue the model onto its base. Otherwise there isn't that much space for any weight in the nose section.
21. August 2017, 09:04
21. August 2017, 18:22
Oh Christian, Du beißt Dich da in einem Maßstab fest, wenn es aber glücklich macht, dann nur weiter.
21. August 2017, 19:16
Hehe Bernhard, nun ja 72er baue ich ja mittlerweile auch
Ist zwar noch nix fertig, aber immerhin
21. August 2017, 20:35
Time to start the work at the base. I had a hangar as a background in my mind. Yesterday I start with the basic frame made of 1.5mm flat styrene. Today I start detailing the hangar wall with stringers, windows and a sliding door as an entrance to a workshop inside the hangar. Some more work and details are required so stay tuned.
22. August 2017, 18:38
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23. August 2017, 06:53
Every house need a roof, so the hangar. The framework for the roof was made of I-beam styrene. Structurally it may not be as much correct, but from my point of view it looks quite nice. So more things come to my mind for more details
24. August 2017, 11:03
Just aw your project, Christian. I will follow with delight to see your talents and skills at work!
24. August 2017, 11:08
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25. August 2017, 18:47
Great work on this terrific scratch hangar, Christian. Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow and seeing it for real
25. August 2017, 19:04
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27. August 2017, 13:16
Looks Fantastic! This background is amazing! looking forward to see the painting!
27. August 2017, 13:51
Thank you Cesar
I made some progress with the hangar. Window frames, air pipe, electric box and wiring and a workbench are now in place. The floor is fixed on the base and I engraved a tile structure. More to come....
1. September 2017, 14:33
Great job on the hangar Christian
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1. September 2017, 18:23
Looking good those details... That door is really nice
1. September 2017, 18:28
Oh yeah! this door..... and those pipe installations! I am delighted and impressed!
1. September 2017, 18:37
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Thank you Edgars for your kind comment and glad to CU looking around
9. September 2017, 18:13
9. September 2017, 21:28
Thank you Stephan. I hope I can finish it till the SMC in Veldhoven this October?!
10. September 2017, 08:33
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10. September 2017, 10:52
I built this box culumn drill for the workshop on my He 219 diorama from scratch. I used flat styrene and styrene profiles. I found some references in the www. and the rest was made out of my mind from my apprenticship in the early 1980s. Still missing are the handles and some electical wires.
The hight of the maschine is approx. 15mm. The workshop master looks really satisdfied, so I guees it did it well so far.
15. September 2017, 17:49
Make a threaded drill bit for it..
amazing piece of art
15. September 2017, 18:18
You built a drill machine in 1:144 from scratch...wtf is wrong with you
That's truly incredible, and so clean for that scale
15. September 2017, 18:39
Christian, have you molded the figure as well?
15. September 2017, 20:18
The drill press is great Christian
15. September 2017, 20:32
Hi Chris, super result. I'm curious to see it live. Cheers Stefan
15. September 2017, 21:19
15. September 2017, 22:25
Thank you mates for the very kind comments. Alexander I do not really know, but my doctor told me it could be AMS?!
16. September 2017, 07:51
The plan was to add a roof with a contour cut out to have a good overview over the He 219. I use a 0,5 mm flat styrene and additional stingers for the roof. That now allows a good overview and a good background for later detail photos.
16. September 2017, 16:40
16. September 2017, 18:06
Knowing how you love the detail aspect, I am wondering if you will have a tool attached to the drill machine, and possibly, something that is actually being drilled. ??? Mmmmmmm? (The devil made me ask it.) hehehe
16. September 2017, 21:38
Thx Stephan and Kerry! Hehe, Kerry I hear the same devil
Some more details, electrical wires, handles, a workbench with a bench vise etc.
17. September 2017, 12:54
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17. September 2017, 13:28
the devil is certainly in the details.... and you have certainly listen to it
18. September 2017, 09:32
To say that´s "GREAT" seems not to fit describing that most adorable micro-wonder you are doing here
I simply can´t imagine how you are doing this.... but everything can be explained- maybe you have sold your soul to the devil? Which, as has been written, is in the details....
18. September 2017, 09:46
, that´s a hell of a job - respect Christian
18. September 2017, 16:07
Thx for all your very kind comments, I'm glad you like it
About the devil, what should I say mates? I asked the doctor several times what to do with the devil, but he only told me - let em out, let em out, so I do
18. September 2017, 18:16
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