On the bench: Francophile Spatz

The Heinkel 162 is one of those model subjects which tick all the boxes for me. Aesthetically it's slightly odd looking, technologically unsound from a development point of view, and when it comes to glueing and painting, there's not a lot going on with details to cloud judgement, spend money on resin and of course slow the whole process to a crawl. Did I say I have a love/hate relationship with detail? Truth be told I prefer painting to building, but profess to be not much good at either aspect of the hobby. So some detail is good, but where do you stop? A good question and one for another post perhaps?

Anyhoo, this particular project is one of the final subjects for the photography manual project (which, my intrepid friends, is nearly done) and is blue for a couple of reasons. One I'm currently bored with Luftwaffe schemes and two, I needed a predominantly blue subject to illustrate a section in the book.

I suspect we all go through a similar process of enthusiasm for a new project, trial and tribulation with the build process and angst over applying paint and that gloss coat decal ritual. I've managed to add not one but two house moves into the mix in the last 9 months. So the He162 along with a Hobby Boss F-84 and a Hasegawa F1M2 Pete (new posts on the way for these models) has had a long and troublesome gestation. Probably much longer than it took Herr Heinkel to sketch it out on the back of a soggy Heineken mat, clamp several sheets of ply together and then convince some hapless test pilot that he should take it for a spin (not literally).

So here's some in progress iPhone SE images of the Revell 1/32nd He162. There's not a lot going on to be frank but I did try some alternative painting techniques such as a diffuse effect with a ripped up green scouring pad. Experimenting with holding the pad close to the surface and then moving it further away to great a variance in the tonal values of the airframe brought back memories of my youth as a tyro airbrush artist and all that 80s freehand masking techniques. What goes around eh. . .?

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