Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8
Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8
Hasegawa's 1/32 scale Fw 190A-8 is available
The 1/32 scale Hasegawa
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A kit has been around for many years in various boxings,
with a plethora of decals, and has even recently been re-released under
the Revell-Monogram label as an Fw 190F ground attack machine.
It is a popular subject, a
good seller, a necessity in any good 1/32 scale collection of prop jobs.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that this
kit is 70’s technology in a recessed-panel-line-overpriced-resin-photoetch-till-you-go-blind
modeler’s world. It’s an antique, and builds like one. Fit ranges from
fair to “get in there you $#%^*&@!!!!!!” , panel lines are raised and
inaccurate, and then there are those hideous kidney bean-shaped cannon
breech covers on the wing root. Replace those with Cutting Edge’s neat
little replacement covers.
News that Hasegawa is
releasing an all-new-tool FW190D is very welcome, I just hope a new A or
an F comes as well.
For now, there are lots of
aftermarket parts available from Eduard, Cutting Edge, Jerry Rutman, and
others, to change this Grandpa into something resembling a real FW190.
After getting all the stuff you need, it’ll cost nearly as much as a real
Fw 190, too. But, who looks at the financial aspect of our hobby? We’d all
be crying in our thinners if we did!
On to the surgical work.
Most of the kit cockpit goes in the parts bin. Eduard’s extensive interior
detail set (itself a bit long in the tooth) replaced the office parts and
canopy interior. A coat of RLM 66 Dark Gray, a wash, some drybrushing, and
away we go!
There is a complete engine
in the kit. Just what engine it’s supposed to be I don’t know, because it
doesn’t resemble a BMW radial very much. Oversized molded-on pushrods,
inaccurate cylinder heads and crankcase cover…..ok, you get the picture.
I added some wiring and
plastic bits here and there to try and spruce it up a bit. At least the
exhaust ring fit pretty well.
I hacked open the front end
of the fuselage with a razor saw to show all this stuff, sprayed the
interior with flat black, and heavily drybrushed it with Model Master
Titanium. If you choose to leave the front end closed up, you need only
wire the front cylinders, as the cooling fan behind the propeller will
hide most of the engine.
Eduards parts replaced the
so-called wheel wells in the wings (and the Eduard set is VERY
fiddly to get right). The wells got a coat of RLM 02 Grau , a heavy
dirt-brown wash, and a shot of Testor's Acrylic Semi-Gloss Coat.
I hate the landing gear legs
that come with the kit. They look too long and spindly, but then again……so
did the real Wurger. The heck with ‘em - paint ‘em RLM02, and in they go,
with wheels shot with Gunship Gray, a heavy brown wash and a drybrushing
with slightly lighter grays. Eduard supplied the new hubs.
My kit was a very old issue.
I think it came out when girls were still screaming at Leif Garrett and
David Cassidy. I preferred Farrah Fawcett myself, but…what was I getting
The decals! Mine were the
color of parchment and just about as dry, so thanks to good guys Tim
Valdez, Chris Novak, and Larry Hawkins, I was able to get the exact
markings I needed for a JG 3 (“Udet”) bird. I shot the nose semi-gloss
black, masked it and shot on the Polly Scale Acrylic.
scheme over a few nights, Gloss coated, added decals, a wash, a little
chipping, a few pastel chalk stains, Testors Acrylic SemiGloss, and
finished with some brass tube gun barrels to replace the wing cannons in
the kit. Not necessarily in that order.
Inaccurate as it is,
Hasegawa's kit is still the only injection-moulded 1/32 Fw 190A available.
Hopefully that will soon change, and this kit can join the old Revell Bf
109 in everybody’s parts box.
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2003 by Rick Cotton
Page Created 07 February, 2003
17 March, 2004
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