| He P 1077 Julia
Planet Models 1/48
Jim Sanderson & Gary Webster
I was also dismayed by the total lack of detail in the cockpit- even the "floor" is just lumpy resin. There are, however, a pair of spindly handles, reminiscent of the items I saw in several of the Huma treatments of prone pilot position cockpits. In addition to the Plexiglas "dome" in the front (which is represented with a vacuformed piece), there seem to be two or three other "windows" in the cockpit area, but these are indicated by scribed lines in the resin, which might go hand in hand with the lack of cockpit. I equivocate because the drawing on the box clearly shows windows on either side of the cockpit; there is a third outline on the top, the entry hatch, which may or may not have been clear. On a more petty note, the landing skid is represented by a square sided pair of long lumps sticking off of the bottom of the fuselage. I think these will be best handled by simply removing them and hitting up the spares box for a likely pair of skis.
Admittedly, this is a paper project; I don't believe that
any prototype built, and it may well be that there never was any more
consideration to the details of the actual aircraft than are offered in
the kit. Still, a little more "kit" would have been nice. I confess
that I bought this from SMO for $39.99 back when it first came out, so
fear my expectations were as high as the price.
History:This was the first design for the Heinkel P.1077 Point of Defense Intercept. The Julia was to powered by a Walter HWK 109-509 C Rocket motor and designed for vertical launch much like the Bachem Ba-349 Natter with the use of 4 solid fuel take-off assist booster rockets. This design featured a prone cockpit layout to afford minimal target area.
The Kit:This is what I call a basic kit. Consist of 9 resin pieces, 1 clear vacuformed nose and decal sheet. Castings are very clean with little or no flash.
Cockpit:You get a basic cockpit tub with no detail. The only provided instrumentation is two control arms and a small gauge panel. This leaves a lot for the imagination. I'm planning to take parts out of the Czech Models BV 40 which has a wonderful resin cockpit that includes prone pilot seat with straps detailed chin rest and foot pedals and upscale the detail on the Julia. The top of the cockpit is cast in a nice thin resin. This will allow you the ability to cut out the entrance door and side widows if you want. The glazed nose is not as clear as I'd expect, but within acceptable standards. You will have to cut out and supply your own clear parts for the side windows since none is supplied with the kit.
Body:Three pieces total - cockpit bottom, cockpit top and rear fuselage. One thing I do not like about the kit is the fact the landing skids are cast in the body. No chance to display the kit with landing skids extended unless you make your own modifications.
Wings:Rest of the kit consist of wing (cast in one piece) and tail (cast in three pieces). I did dry fit the wing to the fuselage. Make sure you have a tube of putty and sandpaper ready, for there's a bit of work required to fit this up. I've found this fit problem is common for most short run resin kits.
Decals:Basic as you can get, but the quality of Propagteam is always good.
Detail:Overall, fine engraved panel lines . You will need to fill in the appropriate air bubbles here and there, but nothing to bad.
Disappointments:Cost. This kit is way overpriced for what you get. I've seen some of Planet's other kits in 1/72 scale like the Gotha P.60 and you really get your moneys worth. Details: Like I said earlier I was disappointed with the lack of cockpit and landing skid detail. I'm also disappointed that they do not supply the 4 booster rockets with the kit. I've made resin copies from the DML Bachem Natter kit to finish the Julia off the way I'd like.
Heinkel P.1077 Romeo
Planet Models - 1/48th
History:The second design for the Heinkel P.1077. This time powered by a Argus pulsjet engine and designed for catapult launch much like the V-1. This design featured a standard pilot cockpit layout.
The Kit:A few more part then the Julia but still a basic kit. Consist of 13 resin pieces, 1 vacuformed canopy and decal sheet. Castings are very clean with little or no flash.
Cockpit:A little better then the Julia. You get a basic cockpit tub with limited detail. Only provided instrumentation is yoke, foot pedals, seat and small control panel. Leaves a lot for the imagination. The glazed canopy looks fine and you can position it open or closed as it was hinged on the right side like the Me-163 Komet.
Body:Five pieces total - cockpit bottom, cockpit top and rear fuselage. The Romeo does include the landing skids which were not retractable or extendible on this aircraft.
Wings:Here's the part I find interesting. The Julia and Romeo were supposed to be the same aircraft with different power plants. Now compare the photos of the wings for both kits - they're different! I don't know if they actually had different wings or not. Any one out there know? Rest of the kit consist of wing the tail assembly (cast in three pieces). I did dry fit the wing to the fuselage (A little sanding and putty and it's there).
Engine:The Pulse Jet engine is cast as one solid piece. You'll need to drill it out and add the air breather grill in the intake.
Decals:Exact same set the comes with the Julia. (You do get two sets of numbers).
Detail:Overall, fine engraved panel lines . Again you'll will need to fill in a few air bubbles here and there, but nothing to bad.
Disappointments:Cost. Same as the Julia, this kit is way overpriced for what you get.
Details:Like I said earlier I was disappointed with the lack of cockpit detail. Get out your parts box and have some fun.