Italeri's / Revell's 1/48 scale
Henschel Hs 123
by Roland Sachsenhofer
Henschel Hs 123
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Here is my 1/48 scale Henschel Hs 123.
Construction of this sturdy little biplane started as a fast in-between build to try out a winter camo, but soon evolved to a rather complex project. I had two kits available, one distributed by Italeri, the other from Revell. The both contain the old Esci forms, which a rather dated indeed…
So I had to re-build or scratch a whole bunch of details: etched parts enhanced details in the cockpit as did some self made seat belts, I also completely cut of the four struts of the auxiliary tank and made new one of reduced diameter, the tanks piping was also recreated with wire-insulation. Another area not to be build out of the box is the engine and the cowling, there some piping was attached and, most important, the triangular mounting of the cowling was entirely replaced by a scratched version made of copper wire. No replacement but a enhancement have been the small rudder horns on the tail plane. The kits front windshield is much too thick and was rebuilt from a small piece of plastic card, hypothermic needles serve as the prominent pitot tube on the wing strut.
The scratched and weary appearance was achieved by several layers of colours; on certain stages of this process, liquid masking solution was applied to cover some. Rubbed of it results in a rather weary looking surface. This was repeated several times.
The decals stem from the Italeri kit, which are far better in quantity as in quality than the Revell counterparts.
If you are interested in that building and the painting process, have a look on the workbench at the JAM Forum: http://www.razyboard.com/system/morethread-henschel-hs-123-revell-148-raidenjack-2086023-6193382-0.html
My Hs 123 depicts an “Obergefreiten”, as this planes were commonly named, of a Schlachtgeschwader in the East in the crucial winter 1941/42.
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2012 by Roland Sachsenhofer
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7 January, 2013
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