Glen had requested that I magnetize the model so he could swap out the larger and smaller gun versions (I think the smaller gun is for mid war). The guns were originally separate pieces you glue to the main body depending on which version you want. The base also attaches to this (this is an old model, new version may be different). To magnetize them, I drilled a hole into the base of the aircraft the size of a magnet (about 2mm or so). I drilled it as deep as two magnets. I then glued one magnet inside of this. On the guns I drilled a small hole for the magnet and glued the magnet so it was sticking out a bit, creating a bit of a post to go into the plane when the magnets came together. Fortunately the magnets are strong enough to hold everything in place pretty well when it is finished.
|The little gun|
I've only played against the Hs129 one time but it was very effective in that one game! Glen and I played No Retreat. The Hs129 was sporadic, but managed to come in and destroy 2 Shermans (another was bailed by something else), making my Sherman and Firefly platoon run off the table without doing anything (they only took two shots in total!). The rockets with anti-tank 15 on side armour is very effective. At the very least, it serves as an effective deterrent and makes the other player spread out his forces.
My painting has really slowed down lately so it was nice to finish off my first model in a little while. The nice weather, summer sports, and a bit of painting burnout have all lead to a lull in model productivity. I have lots of 75% completed models that I just need to finish off over the next few weeks. As always, thanks for visiting!