Heinkel He 112 V6
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|Rest Models RM 4809 - Heinkel He 112
|Contents and Media:
|47 parts in green-coloured resin; 2
clear vacform parts; photo-etched fret; markings for one aircraft
USD$65.00 plus postage online from DMC Models' website
|Beautifully cast and detailed; no casting blocks;
simple parts breakdown; amazing engineering of fuselage; excellent fit
of major components; positionable control surfaces; good decals.
|Some minor flash to clean up; a few
Reviewed by Brett Green
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Rest Models was a new name to me when I saw this kit advertised
recently. The Ukranian company has previously released several pre-war
Soviet aircraft including the I-3, I-5, I-15 and R-5. They even offer a
1/48 scale GAZ-AA truck as a handy airfield accessory. However, having
not actually seen Rest Models' products before, I had no expectations
when their 1/48 scale Heinkel He 112 V6 arrived on my doorstep early
On opening the box it is immediately obvious that this is a stunning
Rest Models' 1/48 scale Heinkel He 112 V6 comprises 47 parts in pale
green resin and two vacform canopies. Remarkably, there are no casting
blocks on any of the parts. The resin, even the large components, will
be ready to assemble after minimal cleanup of flash around the edges of
a few parts. Surface detail is by way of extremely fine yet absolutely
consistent recessed panel lines.
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The jewel in the crown is the one-piece hollow fuselage.
There is a tiny raised seam along the top and bottom centreline. These
will easily be scraped off (I would recommend using the back of a hobby
blade) and polished out. The interior of the fuselage contains locating
ridges for the instrument panel and the rear bulkhead, plus structural
detail on the inside of the cockpit doors. These doors may be cut out of
the fuselage if the modeller wishes, and separate resin doors may be
glued in the open position. The upper cowl intakes and locating holes
for the exhausts and the wide propeller shaft are flashed over. Removing
this flash is a very minor task.
The cockpit is very nicely detailed, with separate
sidewalls, seat and floor in resin, and a sandwich of photo-etch and
acetate for the instrument panel. A photo-etched harness is included
too. Two styles of gunsight are offered.
The wings are equally impressive. They are cast as a
single part, with structural detail inside the deep wheel wells. The top
centre of the wing is formed as a saddle with a raised ridge around the
inside. The fuselage sits on top of this saddle. I have brought the
wings and fuselage together without glue, and the fit is tight and gap
free even before touching either of the parts with a sanding stick.
All control surfaces are supplied separately, so the
modeller can choose to drop the flaps or deflect the rudder, ailerons or
elevators as required. Even the radiator flap may be positioned.
The modeller is not expected to fabricate even the
smallest details. Rest Models provides pitot tube, all gear and door
struts, and trim tab actuators.
Casting quality is generally excellent. The only flaws
were some pin holes in the bottom of one tyre and inside one of the
Markings are supplied for the sole He 112 V6 in Spain.
The aircraft was bare metal with white trim in the usual Condor Legion
Instructions are supplied on two sheets of A4 paper.
One of these sheets provides history and photographs, while the second
describes construction in 16 illustrated steps.
In recent months we have seen a number of new companies step up from
the cottage industry with some remarkable products. Rest Models has
added its name to that Honour Roll.
The master design, the finesse of detail, the modeller-friendly parts
breakdown, the precise fit and the overall professionalism of the
package combine to bestow a real air of luxury to this model.
We modellers live in fortunate times to be presented with such a
great choice of niche subjects. Considering the amount of work required
to prepare and assemble resin kits as recently as a few years ago, the
very high standards offered by some of these new generation kits is an
unexpected but delightful windfall.
Rest Models' 1/48 scale Heinkel He 112 V6 is a true gem - a modern
classic in resin.
Review sample kindly
supplied by DMC Models
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