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Grunhertz    1,150

1/48 scale Bucker Bu181 Bestmann Panzerjagdstaffeln, Special Hobby, No. SH 48189

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This kit I have already reviewed some time ago so for a more in depth, in box review refer to the review below,

 

So this boxing is for the Panzerfaust armed variant that has three different variants included and I will be doing this one as a build review so stay tuned folks,

So whats the difference?

Well the only differences are a slightly larger PE fret as below and a new decal sheet with new markings for three different aircraft all of which are RLM 70/71/65 and are as follows

1 W.Nr 201236 Ofw. Alfred Buchsteiner, 3.Panzerjagdstaffel April 1945

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2,W.Nr unknown Dietrich Losener 1. Panzerjagdstaffel May 1945

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3, W.Nr 502167. yellow 10 Uffz Hans Ficker 3.panzerjagdstaffel-west April 1945

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the PE fret includes a few extra parts for mirrors and a rudimentary sight for the Panzerfausts.

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So that's about it for the differences. not much i think you will agree son now it's time to see how it builds keep an eye here to have a look

 

 

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Jockster    553

Puts me in mind of 'The Great Escape', I'm thinking that this was the type of aircraft that James Garner and Donald Pleasance stole? I think I'll watch that this afternoon!

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Grunhertz    1,150

1st update time,

Being a kit with a relatively small parts count  the first thing I did was remove all the plastic parts from the Sprues and clean them up this was quick and painless and then I did a test fit of the components. this showed the fit to be not too bad. but in need of a bit of a fettle in places.

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As you can see the wing roots weren't great nor was the seam, so out with the sanding sticks and a couple of things were causing the problems firstly the mating face for the wing roots on the fuselage weren't exactly flat and the lugs on the wings needed reducing in size a little to make them fit properly. with any short run kits of any sort I always do this because it tells me early on if i need to do any major surgery and also its easier to rectify problems now than when the cockpit is in painted and fragile. the mating seams were sanded square to start with to enable a good join between the parts. At this point all sanding is carried out with the cockpit floor and back plate in place so that i can check what the actual fit will be not just one part in isolation.

So after sanding the mating faces for the wings we now have this

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the dips and hollows can be seen now but it makes for a better fit as can be seen below

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it still needs a bit more but its getting there

till next time

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Miggers    200

Can't beat a smidge of fettling mate.

Times certainly were desperate back then in 1945 though,I don't think I'd like to go up against a Wiilys Jeep with a

couple of  bods armed with Thompson M1928's("Tommy" gun for those that are wondering)never mind a tank in a Bucker Bestmann.

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Grunhertz    1,150

My thoughts as well Migs, but I you needn't worry the bestmann is good at putting up a fight. I've been spoilt by other special hobby kits lately , the Yak 3 and the Seafire are quite nice well fitting kits but this is something else.  the cockpit goes together well you just need to clean everything up properly. the PE makes the pit and i did try the decal on the instrument panel but it is a bit thin and it folds over itself easily and i ended up with a ball of decal (you've been warned), i was glad i tried it now rather than with the markings. so I ended up painting the panel. the belts are the out of the box sprayed with Tamiya XF55 Picked out with silver and then given an oil wash. it was then time to put it all together.

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Oh dear! Even though I put it all together dry fitted it and spent loads of time squaring the edges up it all went a bit Pete Tong (showing my age) first a couple of ejector pins block the Instrument panel so they had to come off, then out came the sanding sticks and filler until its where you see it now.

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On 9/10/2017 at 1:03 PM, Jockster said:

Puts me in mind of 'The Great Escape', I'm thinking that this was the type of aircraft that James Garner and Donald Pleasance stole? I think I'll watch that this afternoon!

Same here, first thought when seeing one of these is always The Great Escape!!

On 9/13/2017 at 6:15 PM, Miggers said:

Times certainly were desperate back then in 1945 though,I don't think I'd like to go up against a Wiilys Jeep with a

couple of  bods armed with Thompson M1928's("Tommy" gun for those that are wondering)never mind a tank in a Bucker Bestmann.

My thoughts exactly, it must have been a virtual suicide mission, think DH Chipmunk versus T-72!!

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