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Heinkel He 111E


Roden 1/72

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Kit No. 027
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 160 parts in long-run injection moulded styrene
Price: USD$20.97  from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Nice detail; well-researched; “complete” interior
Disadvantages: Tricky fit; decals out of register 
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Robert Baumgartner

Roden's 1/72 scale Heinkel He 111E is available online from Squadron.com




Roden continues the series of the early He111 aircraft with the second military production variant. The difference with this kit compared to the previous releases is a new sprue to supply the different cowls, radiators, and Jumo 211A-1 engines that powered the “E” version. 

Having heard horror stories from those that had tried to assemble Roden’s earlier He111 kits, I was keen to see what the fit would be like on this one. I was relieved to find that a dry run on the major parts showed that it was not as bad as I had been led to believe.  

Yes, the parts do need care to align and yes they will fight back, but careful testing, shimming and sanding during the fitting stage will keep the demon at bay. This is an area where the soft plastic helps as it can be persuaded to go where the builder wants it. The problem stems from the “jigsaw” effect where maximum use is made of existing parts to manufacture the different variants. 

Five light grey and one clear sprue make up the more than 160 plastic parts needed to assemble this kit.

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As expected, Roden have done a fine job with the smaller items. Generally these have good clear detail with flash kept to a minimum.  

The major components will need a bit more attention. Roden have made the panel lines so fine on the fuselage that some have disappeared during the moulding process. This is not a major problem, as a light passing over with your favourite scribing tool will fix this.

Due to the softness of the plastic, even a pin or the back of a scalpel blade will suffice. 

While you are at it, the wing roots on the fuselage halves could do with the swipe of a sanding stick. There are a couple of blemishes that need to be eradicated. 

The wings fair much better and most of the detail has been maintained. Careful scrutiny will reveal that some minor touch ups, as per the fuselage, would not go amiss.

The instructions cater for the “E” by correctly tell you to cut away the radiators from the generic early series elliptical wings.

A nice touch is that the retractable ventral “dustbin” can be located in the raised or lowered position. 

The high quality of research that went into this kit is evident from the fully decked out interior. This includes the vertical bomb racks and even an instrument panel decal, which is correct for an “E” variant.

There is plenty of moulded on side wall detail which will show up nicely with some careful painting.



This detail didn’t cause any sink marks on the exterior of the cockpit area. The only sink marks being very shallow depressions under the top dorsal gun position of the main fuselage halves. If this bothers you, a simple smear with putty will fix it. 

The wheel wells, so often neglected in other kits, have some nicely executed structural detail. The landing gear itself is delicately detailed and is as near to scale as possible. 





Sadly the decals in the kit were badly out of register. So much so that only one marking option can be built from my example. 



To quote the instructions: 

  1. Heinkel 111E (GC+GE) from the relief effort during the final stages of the battle for Stalingrad. Winter 1942/43. A bonus here is that Roden provide the external containers that were mounted under the fuselage.

  2. Heinkel 111E (V4+AB), Kampgeschwader I/KG 1 “Hindenburg”, Polish campaign, September 1939.

  3. Heinkel He111E (black 25-92), Kampfgruppe 88 “Legion Condor”, Spain, 1937-38.





This is the most accurate kit of the He111E that you will find at present but there is a price. The fit of the major components will test your skill but patience will reward. 

The register of the decals is a concern, and negated those options that carried an insignia. Hopefully this was an isolated case. 

Those grips aside, the kit can be built into a very nice replica of an often neglected version of a very famous breed. 


Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.

Review and Images Copyright © 2003 by Robert Baumgartner
Page Created 13 August, 2003
Last updated 15 August, 2003

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