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Heinkel He 177 A-5 by Airfix (1/72)
« on: October 07, 2014, 06:02:46 PM »
Hello everybody,

18 years ago I built this kit but left it without markings... Some two months ago, after having removed dust I decided to finally finish it. I wanted a airplane with a story. I found He 177 A-5, WNr 550062, code F8+AP which was seized by the French Résistance at repair works in Toulouse-Blagnac. This plane was adorned with French markings and was to be given to the Allies i.e. the UK to the RAE in Farnborough. For this flight, the invasion stripes were painted to avoid confusion with "real" German planes. On 10 September 1944, with Cdt Clark at the controls the plane took off from Blagnac and landed 2 h 45 min later at Farnborough where it was intensively photographed before the British markings were applied. In January 1945 the plane went to Boscombe Down.
Camo of this plane consisted in RLM 71 on uppersurfaces with remnants of the splinter scheme. Undersurfaces were RLM 02 with hand-painted blotches in RLM 65. Undersides were also very dirty...
This kit is very old being issued in 1969 ! I had to improve the airscrews, add interior details, etc.
 

















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Re: Heinkel He 177 A-5 by Airfix (1/72)
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2014, 06:15:04 PM »
Very good my friend, excellent history based kit project!!!

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Re: Heinkel He 177 A-5 by Airfix (1/72)
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2014, 06:21:20 PM »
great !

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Re: Heinkel He 177 A-5 by Airfix (1/72)
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2014, 06:48:04 PM »
Thank you very much, mates.
I must add something to finish the story.
In 1967 has been published a booklet upon the He 177 by Aero-Publisher. We can see inside two photographs of this plane, one with british markings and, aloso the SAME pcture with the plane in German markings with the code K9 (yellow 9)+NL, the legend telling this He 177 A-5 belonged once to the KG 26, forgotting the fact that KG 26 was coded 9K and that they never had any he 177... This photograph was obviously a fake.
The British picture :

Coll. JCM

The fake :

Coll. JCM

Unfortunately, in 1969 Airfix chose this false code for their kit... Here you are the first one that I built in 1969...






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Re: Heinkel He 177 A-5 by Airfix (1/72)
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2014, 06:51:49 PM »
 :-clap :-clap :-clap

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Re: Heinkel He 177 A-5 by Airfix (1/72)
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2014, 08:14:06 AM »
Splendid!

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Re: Heinkel He 177 A-5 by Airfix (1/72)
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2014, 04:45:46 PM »
Great thread! Lovely models of a very interesting machine.