Here’s my Airfix Blohm & Voss BV-141B finished mostly OOB as NC#RA (V10) from the Erprobungstelle at Rechlin in Germany in 1941. I don’t have a lot of information on this particular aircraft. The other kit option is for GK#GH from Wenzendorf, Germnay in early 1945. As far as I can tell this one was found abandoned at the Blohm & Voss works at the end of the war. Some have surmised that because the codes for this particular aircraft are out of sequence with the other BV-141’s, that it may have been the one used for operational trials.
This is pretty honest build. It was tricky where you’d expect it to be tricky, but even then it wasn’t beyond what an average modeler could handle. It was my first attempt at large scale rescribing. I’m not too happy with the new panel lines, but does help the kit look a bit better. Overall I found the build pretty straight forward. Airfix has a smart parts breakdown, and the fit is generally good. Probably the biggest area on the kit that could use some work is the cockpit. With all the glazing up front a lot of the interior can be seen, and the kit as provided by Airfix is pretty sparse. I added a few control boxes and an instrument panel up front. It helps the cockpit look a little more full. A proper scratch builder could have a field day with this kit. I was pleasantly surprised to find the fit of all parts was quite good, particularly the canopy sections. I only used a little filler around one wing join. The instructions don’t mention it, but you should leave the bomb racks off until after the decals are applied. If there ever was a kit for an aftermarket canopy this is it. Don’t get me wrong, the Airfix canopies were fantastic, about as good as you can get from injection molding. But a nice, thin vac formed canopy would show off the interior even better, and should be considered. It’s also worth mentioning the small hole in the front of the main windscreen. It appears that this was for one of the two fixed, forward firing machine guns. It isn’t mentioned in the instructions at all. I filled it with a left over .303 barrel, which did the trick.