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Heinkel He 111H

Italeri 1/72 Heinkel He 111H 'Battle of Britain' Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2020 Manufacturer Italeri
Subject Heinkel He 111H Scale 1/72
Kit Number 1436 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Beautiful subject Cons See text
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $42.50

First Look

Heinkel He 111H
Heinkel He 111H
Heinkel He 111H
Heinkel He 111H

The Heinkel He 111 was an outgrowth of Ernst Heinkel's desire to build the world's fastest passenger aircraft. In the early 1930s, Heinkel unveiled the single engine He 70 which easily stripped the Lockheed 9 Orion of its speed record. Many of the features of the single-engine He 70 were incorporated into a larger, twin-engine design which could accommodate a greater payload over a longer range. As the early versions of the He 111 entered commercial service with Lufthansa in the mid-1930s, the new German government wanted to press the aircraft into military service. Early versions of the He 111B-F bomber did see combat in the Spanish Civil War. The vast majority of the He 111s produced by the time the assembly lines were closed in 1944 was the H-model. The He 111H-4 was powered by the Jumo 211D or F engines and was distinctive by its conformal twin bomb racks under the fuselage. The He 111H-5 was similarly powered as the H-4, but it carried its bomb load internally. The He 111H-6 was powered by the Jumo 211F and replaced the two bomb racks with two torpedo cradles under the fuselage.

Here is Italeri's reissue of their 1/72 He 111H tooling first released in 1976. Molded in light gray styrene, this kit is presented on four parts trees plus one tree of clear parts. Among the features and options in this kit:

  • Basic flight deck
  • Choice of nose gun types
  • Choice of dorsal gun station open or closed
  • Choice of dorsal gun types
  • Choice of ventrail gun types and configurations
  • Choice of open or shrouded exhaust stacks
  • Positionable elevators and rudder
  • Choice of external bomb or torpedo racks
  • Choice of three bomb types

The kit provides five markings options:

  • He 111H-2, A1+DA, KG 53, Stab Leader, Battle of Britain, Sept 1940
  • He 111H-3, G1+BH, KG 55, 1st Staffel, Battle of Britain, Sept 1940
  • He 111H-2, 1H+JA, KG 26, Geschwader Stab, Oct 1939
  • He 111H-6, 1H+GP, KG 26, 6th Staffel, Grosseto, 1942
  • He 111H-6, VQ+BA, Sonderkmmendo Blaich, North Africa, 1942

Considering this kit was first released a few years after I joined the Air Force, it has held up rather well. While the interior might be a bit basic, you won't see that much through the clear parts (which are indeed clear) in this scale. Given its age, it isn't surprising that the surface detailing is raised, but it will look great in any of the schemes included in this release.

Thanks to MRC for the review sample.

Here is a list of colors Italeri identifies for use with this kit:

 
AMMO
AV
GSI
HAT
LC
MIS
MRP
TAM
TES
XTRA
Gray
RLM 02
0217
71.044
C060
H070
A023
C023
UA504
MMP056
050
XF22
2071
X201
XA1201
Dunkelblau
RLM 24
 
70.963
71.266
 
 
 
 
053
 
2074
X218
XA1218
Pale Blue
RLM 65
0231
71.255
C115
H067
N067
A029
C029
UA503
MMP057
058
XF2:7 +
XF23:1 +
XF66:2
2078
X202
XA1202
Black Olive
RLM 70
0232
71.021
C018
H065
A015
C015
UA501
MMP088
060
XF27
2080
X204
XA1204
Dark Green
RLM 71
0233
71.015
C017
H064
A017
C017
UA502
MMP087
061
XF26
2081
X205
XA1205
Sandgelb
RLM 79
0222
71.278
C119
H079
N079
A014
C014
UA505
MMP119
068
TS03
XF60
2088
X209
XA1209
Flat White
0050
71.101
C062
H011
N011
A101
C101
LC001
 
 
LP04
XF02
1768
 
Flat Black
0046
71.057
C033
H012
N012
A041
C041
LC002
 
020
LP03
XF01
1749
 
Rust
0039
71.069
H344
A135
C135
LC032
MMW002
358
 
1785