1/48 Hasegawa Henschel Hs 129B-3

Gallery Article by Greg Goheen on Apr 6 2010


Inspired by Ian Robertson’s Hs 129B-2 of SG9 with its unique winter scheme I was lucky enough to find the rare 1/48th Hasegawa Hs 129B-3 (#09583) kit a few months ago. The kit features another interesting scheme used by SG9, as well as a resin cannon pod, resin gun-sight, turned brass cannon barrel and pewter/white metal mantel. This model was build entirely out of the box with the only addition being seatbelts made from scratch. The fit of this kit is exceptional with only minimal filler needed to blend the seams. 

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The standard splinter scheme of RLM 70/71 was painted on the upper surfaces with RLM 65 below using Gunze/GSI Creos Mr. Color paints. The scheme was taking from the painting instructions and MM Flat White enamel was freehand painted over the splinter scheme using my Iwata CM-B Custom Micron® airbrush. The paint was heavily thinned with lacquer thinner and pressure set to approximately 8psi with the airbrush nearly touching the surface to lay in the distemper white effect. The nose and underside wingtips were masked and painted MM RLM 04 enamel and when dried the topside of the nose was masked and painted MM Flat Black enamel. 

Exhausts were painted using a blend of Alclad II lacquers including Copper and Duraluminum before exhaust stains were laid in and spread across the top of the wings. Future was airbrushed over the entire surface to apply decals, which were set in place using Walthers Solvaset. Finally, the aircraft received several light coats of MM clear flat lacquer to seal this build. 

Greg Goheen

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Photos and text © by Greg Goheen