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Hasegawa's new-tool 1/32 scale
Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8

by Carsten Christ


Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8


Hasegawa's 1/32 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8 is available online from Squadron.com




This is Hasegawa's 1/32 Fw190A-8. It is finished in the markings of Lt. Hans-Ulrich Dortemann, France 1944 (2./JG54).

The kit was built straight out of the box without additional accessories, apart from the photo etched Luftwaffe seatbelts from Eduard.



Of course there are some modifications, as follows:

  • The gun camera and the MG’s were replaced with tubes made of brass

  • The nose on the drop tank received a little detail (also a small brass tube)

  • The DF antenna loop was rebuilt with a small strip of brass plate

  • Isolators were built with a drop of wood glue and then painted

  • Brake lines, bowden cables and pipe clamps were added to the landing gear using fine wire



  • The gun camera lens was filled with wood glue and then painted with Tamiya Smoke

  • The wing cannon muzzles were drilled out

  • The canopy was polished and waxed with Tamiya Model Wax

  • All instruments were filled with W5 floor wax (a kind of German “Future”)

Basic construction went fairly smoothly and the assembly of the well-fitting parts was a real pleasure.


Painting and Markings

Due to the fact, that I had no good reference pictures/profiles (of course there are some good books available), I decided to realise the camouflage pattern by my own inspiration.

The model was painted with the Aztek 470. I used different self mixed shades of Tamiya colors for the camouflage (RLM 76, 74 and 75) and Vallejo Model Air as clear coat.

The final coat is a mix of matt and satin varnish to maintain the contrast.

The crosses, both red “1” / bars and the blue RV band were masked and then sprayed. For the rest I used the orginal decals from the kit, which seemed to be too thick. All RLM shades I’ve used on this model were a self mix of different Tamiya acrylics.


I used different weathering techniques, like pre- and post-shading, a washing with heavily thinned oil colors. Chipped paint was realised with a silver artist’s pencil and some enamel colors. Exhaust stain was realised with different pigment powders from Kremer.


Additional Images


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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 © 2006 by Carsten Christ
Page Created 21 August, 2006
Last Updated 21 February, 2007

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