Well, we knew this was due, and now the kit itself has arrived. Revell have done a 1/32 scale Heinkel 111. The backbone of the Luftwaffe bombing arm throughout WW2, and of course one of those iconic images of the attacking Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain, and on into the Blitz.
It is of course a big kit for this twin engined bomber, and I have to say at the outset offering great value for money in the marketplace these days. These are on sale at about the £60 mark, which if you compare that to well over £100 for a Spitfire in the same scale from Tamiya, then you are getting excellent value for money.
The box itself is big, and when you open it you find it packed full with the parts sprues. The external detailing, and neatly engraved panel lines, is excellent at first glance, while there is also lots of interior detailing to keep you busy as well. The cockpit with all that glazing round the nose is an obvious candidate for the extra detail available in this large scale, but there is more within the main fuselage, particularly the stout framework that makes up the bomb racks, complete with a full complement of bombs to go within them. The ventral gondola is equally detailed, and the large hatch in it can be modelled open (or closed of course). Then the detail within the fuselage behind the bomb compartment, even with spare magazines for the M.G.'s.
The undercarriage and bays are well detailed, and you will have quite a job of work to do each element of the aircraft as part of the assembly process. With the way it looks, you will be repaid for the effort you put into this one. I am sure there will be update sets and detailing sets become available for those who want the extra detail, and of course the added expense, but frankly I think that many modellers will be really happy with what comes 'in the box', with great detail both inside and out. In terms of the time and care you could put into building this model, I think it offers great value for money these days, and you won't be disappointed. The main issue for such a large model aircraft though may well be where to keep it once you've built it!
There are 3 colours and marking options provided for, and they come on an equally large sheet of transfers. One represents an aircraft based in Germany in 1940 while another was based in France and hence part of the bombing fleet that took part in the battle of Britain. The third one is that of a preserved aircraft, sitting today in a Norwegian Aviation Museum.
This is one of those models which I think is likely to really tempt you into it. It could make a great diorama if you can find and add some suitable crew figures. If you let yourself watch something like the film of 'Battle of Britain', I reckon there will be a lot of modellers who are then tipped over into wanting to go out and have a go at this iconic aircraft of the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain. While talking of the film, you can check lots of detail if you visit the IWM at Duxford, where one of the Spanish Air Force examples used in making the film in the 1960s is seen today in a part dismantled state, enabling you to see some extra elements of detail that might help you.
Our thanks to Revell here in the UK for our example.
Available from most hobby shops, and check the Revell Germany Website here for Europe, or Revell for the USA and Canada.