Wednesday, September 21

Build review Pt II: 1/35th scale V-1 Flying Bomb w/ Interior from Takom

Takom's new 35th scale kit of the V-1 Vergeltungswaffe 1 or "Vengeance Weapon 1" is the subject of Clayton Ockerby's latest masterwork, He gives us his step-by-step guide on how to make this kit into something special. See how just how he does it in his guide...

Build review Pt II: V-1 Flying Bomb w/ Interior from Takom 
From Takom
1/35th scale
Kit #2151
Designed in collaboration with Snowman Studio.
4 marking choices are included in the kit
Previous part of this story:
In-boxed: 1/35th scale V-1 Flying Bomb w/ Interior from Takom 

Build review Pt II: 1/35th scale V-1 Flying Bomb w/ Interior from Takom 
I did an in-box review of this kit a few weeks ago. As mentioned, the kit looked reasonably straight forward so I was hoping for a trouble free experience with the view to possibly posing it sitting on the trolley in a small vignette.

The parts inside the box.
You may recall I was critical of the lack of interior detail and had made the decision early on that I wouldn’t be posing the model showing any of the interior. I will however, for the sake of the review, build the interior sections so you can at least see what is on offer.

The build begins...
Construction begins with the timber bracing in the wing sections. The stem that will run through the body of the missile relies on the holes in these supports to help align the wings …so the bare minimum was used for the right-hand wing, and the full complement was added to the left wing.
The interior pieces were prepared. As you can see, detail is very light on and is barely acceptable if you were planning on showing the innards of this model.
The mesh intake for the rocket section would benefit with an etch grill. Given it will be quite dark in this area once the pieces are assembled I was hoping the kit supplied piece would be acceptable once painted and weathered.
The large rod is the pole that sits perpendicular to the body of the missile and will hold the wings in place. The disc sections are the walls of the fuel compartment.
The interior sections of the rocket were painted using a burnt exhaust colour – a brown-black custom mixed from lacquers. Painting at this stage is a quick and easy process. Trying to get coverage in this section once the parts are assembled would be just about impossible.
The interior pieces are now fitted in the body of the missile. One of my criticisms of the kit was the lack of interior detail and seeing the pieces now fitted it justifies my fears. Of course, you could improve the look with some lead wire and some scratch building…but to get an accurate representation of the interior would take a serious amount of research and work.
As an example of the level of detail in the auto-pilot mechanism can be seen in this image. When you compare that against the assembly in the model, I think you would agree that it just doesn’t stack up.
The kit comes with the top halves of the wings and the left-hand side of the body as a clear section as an option should you wish to build the model that way. The clear pieces have no panel or rivet detail. I have dry fitted the part for the sake of the review. The clear parts are some of the clearest I have ever seen.
The two halves of the model are now attached and glued in place.
Like most aircraft kits, the main assembly had a seam line running through the centre line of the body. The gap was filled, sanded and painted with a coat of primer to check the finish.
A small maintenance hatch for the rear of the missile is provided. It is a shame it just sticks over the top of the part and it isn’t a section that could be posed open. In saying that there is nothing inside to see anyway, but the controls for the elevators and the rudder would be in this area, so it seems like a bit of a missed opportunity.
Panel lines lost during the filling and sanding were re-scribed.
Fine rivet detail was also lost during the filling and sanding process. This was replaced using a punch and die set and lead foil.

At the risk of spoiling the surprise…you can see the finished trolley in the picture, so I’d better back track a little and cover the construction of this little gem.
So to back track a little, construction for the framework of the trolley is simple and goes together in a matter of minutes.
The wheels and grab handles are attached and glued in place. The wooden arc supports are dry fitted to test fit. These pieces will soon be removed for painting.
I wanted to present the trolley in a well-used and beaten-up condition. The chipping colour was created using a mix of Alclad and SMS Lacquers.
The wooden supports were base coated in Camo Brown from SMS. This would represent the colour of chipped wood.
Once dry, the assemblies received two coats of hairspray and were painted in the appropriate colours. Even though the instructions called for the trolley to be painted grey, I wanted to do something a little more interesting and used a desaturated green colour. Almost immediately after the top coat was applied, an old brush moistened in tap water was used to start removing the top layer of paint to reveal the chipping colour.
The timber sections received the same treatment. However, I was mindful if trying to simulate the grain in the timber and how paint may chip from that.

The handle was subject to the same techniques. I painted the handle section yellow just for a little bit of a colour pop. I have no indication that it was actually a thing.

Overall, I think the result was quite convincing.
The trolley was finished off with the addition of a sculpted tarp added to the underside frame. The edges of the wheels that would contact the ground were painted in Lead belcher from Citadel and shipping was added to the edges of those sections using a sponge and German Black Brown from Vallejo.
Back to the V1! The model received an all over coat of Mr Surfacer and then pre-shaded using Tamiya flat black. Pre-shading is a technique I had drifted away from of late, but there is something meditative about the technique, so I think I’ll be employing it more often moving forward.
A light coat of SMS Hellblau is applied, being careful not to lose the subtle pre-shading from the previous step.
The mix this then lightened with white from AK Interactive to highlight some of the horizontal areas.
The fuel tank section is masked off and painted in Schwartzgrun
The colour is then varied with a mix of Yellow Green and Dark yellow.
The mottled camouflage pattern is then applied freehand through the airbrush. It can be surprisingly difficult to remain ‘random’ with this process. We tend to try to follow patterns, so be sure to take time to stop every so often to review your work and then continue.
The masking was removed and a heavily thinned post-shade was applied with Red Brown and black. The technique helps re-establish shading lost in the painting process.
Rivet detail and raised sections were carefully dry-brushed to visually lift the detail. The mottled camouflage tends to flatten everything out, so this step was a necessary one.
The scheme I’d chosen had a decal for a red cross spanning over the sides of the fuel tank. I gave up on trying to manipulate the decal to fit. I just couldn’t get it to lay flat on the part. In fairness, the curves on the section are quite complex, but there didn’t seem to be any consideration for this with the shape of the decal. If you wanted to add this detail to your model, you may need to consider masking and painting this section. There are thousands of examples of differing paint schemes on these V-1’s so I made the call to just leave it off the model and figured it would still be historically plausible.
The decals for the stencils around the model are now applied. The model did receive a gloss varnish prior, however the decals did still seems really thick and obvious on the surface of the model. I am hoping once I apply a matte varnish the outline of the decals will integrate into the paint finish.
The model received a couple of coats of Semi-Gloss varnish and once dry a light pin wash was applied to recesses and details.
A lot of the reference pictures I’ve seen of the V-1’s show them in a reasonably weathered state. I set about trying to achieve that by initially grinding dry pigments into the horizontal surfaces of the model. That was then set in place by misting white spirit over the sections.
The mottled dust look was further created by sponging a diluted mix of dust coloured acrylic paint. The result was quite satisfying and something I’ll be trying again.

Overall, I was quite happy with how the model finished up. Whilst it would have been nice to show some of the interior and the workings of the rocket, realistically I was never going to use the clear sections. I would have possibly posed it with a few maintenance hatches open or something…but given the sparse interior it all got a little too daunting to try bring it up to a level I’d be happy with.

The completed model close up in detail...
I am planning on making a small vignette for this one, but that will be for another time. For the moment, I am going to simply enjoy the new V-1 on the trolley in the display cabinet.

A wider walk around of the whole thing...
From what I can see, the model is priced very reasonably and should be a popular subject. The fact it is in 1/35 should open up all types of possibilities for us armour modellers. I like the kit and do recommend it as a simple display model. If you want to show the innards, then as long as you understand you are in for a great deal of research and scratch building, then this kit will provide you with the perfect foundation to build on.

Clayton Ockerby

Thanks to Takom for sending this kit to Clayton to build and review
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