by Jamie "Haggis" Haggo
Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5
1/32 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5
is available online from Squadron.com
This is Hasegawa's Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5 in 1/32 scale.
The kit is basically straight from the box apart from a couple of
enhancements. I used the MDC instrument decals and was very impressed. I
couldnít justify the money on a new cockpit when not much of the office
is visible but the decals do add that edge over dry brushing. The other
addition was the etched harness again from MDC. This is the first time I
have used this companies products and I am very impressed.
I didnít add anything to the wheel wells, you should really shallow the
dimples on the roof as they are too cylindrical but as my models just
sit on the shelf I couldnít be bothered, no ones going to see up there!
The basic construction took less than a week - pretty good for a 1/32
scale kit. One near disaster I had was I built the cowling and painted
it before adding the engine. AARGHHHH! The engine does not fit in
behind, you have to add it during the construction of the cowling, much
cutting, scraping and swearing later I managed it but I nearly had to
take the cowling apart again!
Once the model was primed and pre shaded I painted the RLM 76 using
Xtracrylics from Hannantís. The rest of the camouflage was mixed up
Tamiya colours from Modeldadís list and sprayed free hand while the
yellow cowling was a Tamiya yellow mixed with their gloss varnish. A
quick buff with a soft rag and it was ready for the decals. The black
portion on the fuselage sides were masked and sprayed as were the wing
crosses. I usually paint all the markings on Luftwaffe aircraft but I
had run out of Eduard masks.
The decals were from EagleCals and absolutely first rate. I was a bit
nervous of the checked nose but they went on lovely. After a quick wash
the model was Flat coated with Xtracrylics matt varnish.
I did light weathering on this model, a bit of a departure for me as I
usually like really beat up looking models. The paint chips were done
using a silver artists pencil and I post shaded the model using the
technique suggested by the inspirational Chris Wauchop (10% Tamiya
black/red brown, 90% thinner).
The final things were to add on all the fiddly bits and she was done.
Thanks to Modeldad for the paint charts, MDC for their amazing
products, Mr Crandall for the superb decal sheets and Mr Wauchop for the
loan of the post shading technique.
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below to view larger images:
|Focke-Wulf Fw 190
Modelling Manuals 20
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
May 25, 2002
Details: 64 pages; ISBN: 1841762687
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2005 by Jamie Haggo
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