Recently, I finished my first “Sci-Fi” project ever. Squadron’s own Haunebu II kit. I never was a big fan of Science Fiction. Never warmed up on the idea of building a spacecraft, although I have to admit that as a kid in the sixties, I was a devoted groupie of the Apollo missions. Ever since, I can’t remember showing any further real interest in space related undertakings or at minimum, letting this creep into my model repertoire.
Yes, I know who Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock are. I’m aware of Han Solo, Princess Leah, R2-D2, C-3PO, Luke, Obi and Yoda (not to be confused with Hoda Kotb). I even know Darth Vader’s real name but believe it or not, I never watched the movies! Couldn’t get into the whole Star War/Trek hype!
I’m somewhat embarrassed about it, especially since some of my colleagues at work have steamed conversations around the water cooler when a new Star Wars movie hits the theater. At those moments, I’m just another face in the crowd with nothing to say.
When we as a team here at Squadron were looking into doing our first new tooled kit, the idea sprouted of creating something that would speak to the imagination of almost every modeler. Whether he is a plane, armor, ship or sci-fi builder, these topics all would come together in one kit. On top of that it was WWII related and after all these years, WWII related subjects are still the main core of what modeling is all about.
When the idea of a German flying saucer came up, I was somewhat sceptic but that changed very quickly when I started researching and reading up on it. The story of the Haunebu is fascinating!
For the Nazis, to explore the origins of Arian life, it was a necessity to leave planet Earth in an unconventional way, therefore experimenting with unconventional platforms and the relatively unknown forces of electro-magnetic power.
I got my Haunebu II kit today and wanted to say how much I like it! The box was super cool as is the subject. Nice instructions also. Good job!
I’m not going to explain at nausea the development of these experiments but would recommend strongly that if it sparks something into the chambers of your imagination, to peruse some books about it or at least google some of the history. Truly spellbinding!
The design of the box and sleeve itself bombards the model already to a level of being collectable. The box art captures almost immediately and truthfully the mystique and secrecy behind the Haunebu Project.
The kit contains over 120 parts and is very easy to construct. The main disc, top and bottom consists only out of five pieces! The whole diameter is 14” wide! So, it is a large model and very impressive once assembled.
Putting it together is not a problem at all and you can leave the putty tube in your drawer. Detail is au par and you have the choice of leaving the roof of the top turret unglued so, if desired, you can expose the “cockpit.”
The cockpit itself is detailed but we are working on a resin set that will add a lot more components. An update set for the guns is already on the market and there will be a few more that will give some extra dimension and features to the project. A very nice instruction sheet guides you through the entire build and the decal sheet allows the final touches that will make the Haunebu authentic to the era.
This was the chapter I was looking forward to the most! Painting and weathering. Once the model is finished, one cannot subside the sensation of “steampunk”. It is probably because of the manor of riveting and overall manifestation of the Haunebu concept. Nevertheless, my hands were itching!
In the instruction sheet, Squadron provides a color profile with a suggested 3-color scheme but that’s only optional. If you see it different, the sky is the limit since there is no concrete evidence on these devices.
We just thought that the RLM colors used by the Germans at the end of the war would or could be appropriate. I decided to stick with the program and used the colors mentioned in the booklet. I did do some free styling though with the pattern. It seemed a lot easier than to follow the splinters in the profile.
After adding the decals, a flat clear coat of Vallejo polyurethane flat was applied and let dry for about 36 hours.
Weathering was done mostly with Abteilung 502 oils. And let me tell you, that stuff is the greatest! The smoothest oil paint I ever laid my hands on! It made weathering and getting the right effect so easy. Also a few washes from AK were used to make the fuel spots and drips believable.
The rivets and recessed panel lines helped a lot too to get the right amount of seasoning and overall look.
For the base, I used a 15” x 15” ceramic tile and some cardboard stock which I weathered generously. I airbrushed most of the shading and dripped some AK fuel grime here and there. Some black and white stripes were also airbrushed on. Same for the yellow.
At the end, it came all together nicely. This is one for the books!
Building the Haunebu was a great experience where I got a history lesson about facts that I never would have known if I stayed stubborn in my view towards Sci-Fi. My next step or should I say goal is to binge watch Star Wars! I learned to appreciate the charisma of the unknown just by building a model. If you haven’t built one, you should. It’s worth every penny!
Try it, you won’t be disappointed and…CLICK HERE to get yours now!
If you need any help with the build or otherwise, hit me up at the HELP DESK and I’ll be happy to assist!
“May the Force be with you!”
P.S. This year at EagleQuest 26, there will be a new award that it is appropriate for me to tell you about…‘Best Model Featuring the Squadron Models Haunebu II.‘ Now is the time to get yours so you can start your award winning build!
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