Revell's 1/72 scale
Blohm und Voss
Bv 222 Wiking
by Roland Sachsenhofer
Blohm und Voss Bv 222 Wiking
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The Bv 222 was one of these classic flying boats being typical for the late 1930s. Having been intended as civil transatlantic airliner for the Deutsche Lufthansa, carrying up to 24 passengers, it ended as a transport for the Luftwaffe.
All nine prototypes and the few production machines served in various theatres from the Atlantic, Norway to the Mediterranean from 1941 onwards to 1945. V6 and V8 got shot down flying supply missions for Rommels Afrika-Korps, while V3 and V5 sank after being bombed in their mooring areas. The remaining Bv 222, if not scuttled by their crews, fell into Allied hands.
V1, the specific Bv 222 depicted by my model, had a different fate: one of the first “Vikings” to fly supply missions in the Mediterranean, it was heavily armed during a refit in Hamburg in the winter of 41/42. Afterwards it returned to the theatre and was part of the newly formed Lufttransportstaffel (See) 222 –or Air-Transport Squadron (Sea)- based in Athens.
After flying combat missions for another year, it was destroyed in a landing accident in February 1943.
This is a truly huge model as the real thing was a true giant- being the largest production aircraft of any nation involved in the conflict. Revells kit is wonderfully executed with more than adequate detail and pleasing fit of parts. The parts layout provides a very rugged and stable construction when assembled- that´s not an unimportant matter on such a gigantic model!
The Bv 222 was done out of the box with the exception of some further details in the cockpit and opened side windows made from polythene foil.
I used Vallejos RLM 72 and RLM 73 shades for the upper sides, all other paintwork was done with Gunzes acrylics.
If you are interested in the quite pleasant building process, please have a look on the workbench at Scalemates: https://www.scalemates.com/profiles/mate.php?id=10148&p=albums&album=40097
The Bv 222 V1 rests on a towing carriage from CMK. If interested you can find an article describing the resin parts and the building process here on Hyperscale: http://www.hyperscale.com/2018/galleries/bv222dockwagen72rs_1.htm
As ever, remarks will be appreciated: email@example.com
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