I am not really sure, was just wondering what you came up with. I had the He 177 build on my radar for quite some time and this miniGB has whetted my appetite
I started to look into whether I can build the A-5 with the black undersides. The AirDoc title has a nice "black" profile of 6N+HP of 6./KG 100 with a corresponding photo on page 33. That the 6N+HP was an A-5 is corroborated by both the Warpaint #33 title (page 18) and Classic He 177 (page 201) titles (see my He 177 project for more info on these books).
In the process of verifying this, I am trying to understand how the A-5 version differed from the A-3. Thus far I was unable to find any scale drawings that would authoritatively help identify the differences. The https://military.wikireading.ru/14353
source has profile drawings of the said versions, but no wing detail. On page 181 of the Classic He 177 title is the following description of the A-5 version:
Designed primarily to carry external loads, such as the LT 50 torpedo and the Fritz-X and Hs 293 missiles. Based on the A-3 but with a further strengthened wing, shortened undercarriage oleo legs, cable instead of servo controls, and armour plate on the underside of nose removed and replaced by Plexiglas to improve forward visibility. The Fowler flaps along the outboard wing sections were also removed.
Based on that, I would say that modifying the A-5 into A-3 would involve the following:
1. Removal of any fuselage/wing mountings for the LT 50 torpedo, Fritz-X, or Hs 293 if present.
2. Strengthened wing (thus far I was unable to find whether this affect the wing appearance in any way).
3. Modifying the undercarriage (thus far I was unable to find any details how exactly the two differed).
4. Simulate armour plate on the underside of nose (I would guess that painting the clear part will do just that)
5. Remove Fowler flaps along the outboard wing sections (presumably the ailerons from AIMS accomplish just that).
6. Strengthened wing (thus far I was unable to find whether this affect the wing appearance in any way).
All this said, I must admit that my cursory study of the photographs left me more confused that wise. For example: many photos tagged as A-5 version show the bottom section of the nose armored (or were they just overpainted?). The 6N+HN tagged as A-5 in the AirDoc title (page 32) shows the AIMS-style ailerons (were these not on the A-3 only?). And on and on.
My apologies if I am going too deep into this, but I tend to get little over-interested in the accuracy when I should be building
Certainly no matter what you do, the model will surely be magnificent
29. September, 15:34