| Heinkel P1078
He P1078A Special Hobby Kit - Injection Moulded # SH 7207
John Clarke N.Z.
The He P1078A was the first of 3 designs under the project number 1078 which was also had the most conventional layout of the 3.
This kit comes in the normal Special Hobby light weight cardboard box, the box cover art is also of the normal high quality. Inside the box the kit comprises of one large sprue of 29 parts in a light grey plastic, also in the box is the decal sheet, clear vacuum formed canopy, etched brass detail sheet and instructions.
The layout of the kit is normal for SH short run injection moulded kits, the wings come in 2 pieces (top & bottom) and are without locating pins. The parts themselves are flash free. With these kits the cockpit area normally needs work to make the cockpit floor and accessaries fit, also some times it is necessary to reinforce the wing fuselage joints. The wheel wells show some detail that was missing from some of the early SH kits. The instructions are clear and the decal sheet provides markings for one aircraft.
All in all this is a clean no frills kit which would be a useful addition to anyone's collection. This kit may no longer be available in 2000 - try NKR Models , Hannnants etc.,.This is a photo of the completed one from the 99 IPMS Nats - USA - from Mark Hernandez followed by scans of the Special Hobby kit. On the second row ares some scans of the resin kit kit from CMK which is rather flashy though simple in construction with the wings and body as one piece .
|Heinkel He P.1078B
Czechmaster - 1/72
Dan Johnson - completed March 23, 1997
I primered the kit in a light grey, and then this kits glaring problem became apparent: hundreds of tiny holes! I know a lot of people use Mr. Surfacer, but I can't get it around here, so it was time to sit down and actually putty each tiny hole. After I sanded and primered again, I had to putty the holes that I missed on the first go 'round.
For the actual paint scheme, I chose an overall RLM 76 light blue with a RLM 83 Dark Green upper squiggle pattern. Of course, all interior landing gear bays and landing gear were painted RLM 02 Grey.
The cockpit parts are rather spartan, consisting of a seat, stick, instrument panel and two rudder "wedges". The seat went into the spares box and I used a Reheat photoetch seat and seat belts. There is one vacuform clear canopy included which has to be cut out and carved/sanded into shape.
The landing gear is pretty spindly, and since the fuselage/wings are one hunk of solid resin, I don't think that they will support the weight of the kit for an extended time, especially in the summer! I carefully drilled out the landing gear struts and inserted a piece of stiff wire to help support the weight of the kit. In the long run, I'm going to use a couple of trestles to hold up the kit except when photographing or showing it.
The decals I used came from a wide variety of sources, including Revell, Microscale and Aeromaster, and the markings scheme came from my imagination, as all of my Luft '46 kits are....
Please visit my Luft '46 page, for a more thorough description
this aircraft and to see more
CzechMaster He P.1078B model photos:
Accuracy: Well, it looks like a He P.1078B, except only two gun ports are on the starboard nose, where some of my references show three or four. 8/10
Assembly: Since the kit is already largely assembled, all you have left is to stick on the details, and it's nice not to have to worry about wing root sanding. 9/10
Material: The kit is entirely in a nice cream colored resin, the bad part is the main piece (fuselage/wings) is full of tiny little holes. 5/10
Instructions/decals: The instructions are like all CzechMaster kits, one exploded view showing more or less where everything goes. No decals are included. 7/10
Overall: If not for all of the pin holes present, this kit would get a higher rating, but it still is an excellent kit, and the only kit of this unique aircraft.My recommendation is, get it if you can find one..... 8/10
Below is the kit before assembly and the final lovely product from Dan.
|Heinkel P 1078C
Airmodel - 1/72 - Resin
|This is another of those nice
easy small Airmodel kits that will require little effort to make .
Excluding the u'c there are 12 parts . The body has a wandering mould
line with a few holes along it with nicely cast wings requiring a
gentle rub and 2 or 3 air bubbles filled . The area behind the intake
will require a little Dremel work which should be done after the rest
of the body is assembled . No real problems anticipated here . The u/c
bays could possibly do with some detailing given their high position on
the body .
The main problem with this kit is availability as Airmodel have stopped production according to Hannants. Buy it if you can find it.