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Heinkel He 100D-0
(Heinkel He 113 Propaganda Jäger)

Special Hobby, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Special Hobby SH 72115 He 100 (He 113)
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 39 mid-grey plastic parts on two sprues, 1 injection moulded clear canopy, 27 PE parts on one fret and one clear film for instruments plus a 6 page A5 sized instruction booklet with history, parts plan, 6 build diagrams and 1 page of paint/decal drawings.
Price: GBP£11.25 available online from Hannants and specialist model retailers worldwide
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Rare and interesting subject, good detail and decals.
Disadvantages: A small amount of clean-up will be required.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Reviewed by Glen Porter

 Special Hobby's 1/72 scale He 100D-0 will be available online from Squadron.com



Surely only MPM would consider releasing a model of the Heinkel He 100D-0, God bless 'em.

On opening the box, I was taken aback by how small the Heinkel is, which is strange because I've always assumed it was about the same size as a 109 and it is. The smaller of the two sprues has just the three main wing parts. The rest of the parts are on the main sprue and Special Hobby has made an effort to produce some detail in the cockpit in plastic with-out have to put a lot of PE in there. In fact, the only PE for the cockpit is the instrument panel, seat belts and rudder pedals. The fin/rudder is separate from the fuselage and oddly, there may be another He 100 coming out from Special Hobby because the is a spare fin/rudder plus a prop and spinner of slightly different shape which are shown “not for use”.


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The rest of the PE is for the undercarriage, leg scissors, inner and outer gear doors plus actuators, aerial mast and pitot tube.

The injection moulded canopy is one-piece but in the instructions are details on cutting it open and if you do there are two small PE handles to go on the rear of the windscreen.

Now for the decals. Although the He 100 wasn't selected for general production, about fifteen were built. A small number were sold to Japan and Russia and the rest were used in a propaganda campaign for “The New Powerful Luftwaffe Fighter”. These aircraft, called He 113s, were photographed in the colours of various non-existent night fighter units. The decals, by Aviprint, represent these bogus markings. In the past, I've had trouble with RAF war-time reds from Aviprint but that is not the case with Luftwaffe markings. All the necessary markings are there including National, Unit and Tactical plus a host of stencils. The register is spot-on with minimum carrier film as we've come to expect from this company. All aircraft are in the RLM 70/71/65 colour scheme which was used at the time.

I am told that when MPM first went into business, the Heinkel He 100 was one of their first kits. Now, knowing what some of those early kits were like, quality wise, this new moulding of the He 100 is a vast improvement. I wonder if they intend to up-grade any of the others like the FW 190S, FW 190 V18 or the Wirraway? Here's hoping.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.

Review Text Copyright © 2006 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2006 by Brett Green
Page Created 03 July, 2006
Last updated 03 July, 2006

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