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Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-4

by Jamie Haggo


Focke Wulf Fw 190 A-4, 1./JG 54
Oberfeldwebel Anton Döbele, Krasnogvardeisk, Spring 1943


Tamiya's 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-3 is available online from Squadron.com




Anton Döbele started his operational career in the Spanish Civil War albeit not in the cockpit of a fighter, he undertook training as a fighter pilot on his return to Germany. In the Autumn of 1941, Döbele was appointed to 3./JG54 which was stationed on the Eastern front. He was a bit of a slow starter compared to other fighter pilots on the Eastern front having ammased a total of 15 kills by 20 March 1943 on his 216th mission, he had however completed stints as a fighter pilot instructor in this period. His record started to rise however when he became part of Walter Nowotny’s Stab Schwarm, consisting of Nowotny (258 victories), Rudolf Rademacher (97 victories) and Karl Schnörrer (46 victories). Anton Döbele was killed in A-4 white 11 (W.Nr. 7082) when he rammed an Il-2 east of Vitesbsk on 11 November 1943. He had been credited with 94 victories in 458 missions all of which were over the Eastern front. On the 26 March 1944 he was posthumously promoted to Leutnant and awarded the Ritterkreuz.





This is the Tamiya 1/48 scale Fw 190A-3 converted to the A-4 variant.

The easiest way to do this is just to sand off the fin tip aerial mount and create a new aerial from plastic card. There are probably more changes required but this looked OK to me, but then I am not one for 100% accuracy, just as long as I am happy with the finished product.


The kit was built out of the box with the exception of the decals and the addition of Eduard’s wonderful pre-painted etched seat belts. This was the first time I have used this product and I will certainly be using them in as many models as I can.



Painting and Markings


The paint scheme is an interesting one. In the spring of 1943 1./JG 54 removed portions of the temporary white scheme to reveal the 2 tone locally applied green camouflage. No one really knows which colours these were, if they were locally captured soviet paints, local mixtures or in my opinion RLM 70/71. I first pre-shaded the panel lines in black to shadow the recesses of the panel lines, I was not bothered about the camouflage removing the pre-shading affect because I usually use the post shading technique but it does mean you don’t normally have to run a dark wash into the panel lines resulting in a much more subtle effect. The yellow theatre markings were sprayed first using Tamiya acrylic, then after painting the 76/70/71 scheme with Polly Scale paints I used Blu Tac rolled up to provide a soft edge to the white camouflage which was then sprayed on with again Polly Scale acrylic. I then used my post shading technique on the white (see my article in HyperScale’s Reference Library). After a gloss coat the decals were applied, they were all from the spares box (all aftermarket), the Green Heart emblem came from a Ministry of Small Aircraft Production sheet and is slightly too large but I refer you to paragraph 2!


After the last coat of off Polly Scale Matt varnish I was experimenting and came up with a new method of post shading. This involved using a ‘glaze’ along panel lines. I define a glaze as “dirty” varnish, i.e. a varnish tinted with in this case RLM 70 and grey. This method is advantageous because you apply it over the decals and flat coat to give a more even finish and it is one I will be using in the future for sure.

The final bits were added to the airframe and she was all finished.



Base and Conclusion


The base was MDF covered in Polyfiller, which when dry was sprayed with various shades of black and brown. The grass and foliage were added next as were the trees which came from my children’s Harry Potter broom sticks (shhhhh, they don’t know)!

The next thing was the partially thawed out snow which was Polyfiller applied with a moist finger (never thought I’d ever mention a moist finger in a modelling article)! This final thing was to give the mud a wet look which was simulated with Johnson’s Kleer floor wax. For consistency I should apply mud to the wheels and bits of the under side but the model is not always displayed on the base and I thought this might look out of place.

To sum up, great kit, easy conversion, interesting colour scheme and new techniques discovered and honed, for me that’s what modelling is all about.



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Focke-Wulf Fw 190
Modelling Manuals 20

US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publish Date:
 May 25, 2002
Details: 64 pages; ISBN: 1841762687
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Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2004 by Jamie Haggo
Page Created 10 May, 2004
Last Updated 10 May, 2004

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