Focke-Wulf Ta 183B
by Francisco Carlos Soldán
Focke-Wulf Ta 183B
1/48 scale Ta 183 is available online from
I love Luft '46 project aircraft, so when AMtech's
1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Ta 183B kit was released around a year ago I ordered
one from Squadron straight away.
When I received the model I was pleasantly surprised.
The surface texture, engraved panel lines and general detailing was
It is a shame that the canopy is supplied in one
piece, but it is a simple matter to cut the part in two so that the
excellent kit detail can be displayed more effectively.
Weathering and Markings
The only serious problem with this kit is choosing a
In the end I decided on a typical late-war scheme in
RLM 81/82/76; but with the rear fuselage/empennage and nose finished in
another combination, RLM 75/76. This is intended to depict components from
All colors used were by Gunze Sanyo and Tamiya
The cockpit interior is painted an equivalent dark grey to RLM 66 from
Vallejo. The landing gear and wheel wells are also painted with Vallejo
They are perfect for this sort of application. The
effect of depth and shade is acheived with heavily thinned oil paints.
I painted lines where the panels joined on the upper
fuselage to represent putty. I used oil paint to show the effects of
previously painted panels.
The area around the cockpit was weathered to
represent the damage at the wing root and fuselage sides caused by pilots
and ground crew.
Finally, with a Number 1 paint brush, I applied
"chipping" of the paint with special emphasis on the front of the
aircraft. The wings, which were made of wood, did not receive this
chipping treatment. I only dirtied up these parts.
The crosses and the swastika were made with masks.
This technique let me give them a paler weathered appearance.
number “10 blue” is a decal. This was cut close to the digits and applied
with the assistance of MicroSol and MicroSet.
I also added a Green RV Band to the tail, consistent with service in JG 27
at the end of the war.
The only kit decal used on my model declares “Hier
sieth man Fritz, den muntern Knaben, Nebst Huckebein, dem jungen Raben”,
which means “Here you see Fritz, the alert boy, next to Huckebein, the
Once the work was finished I sealed it with a flat
varnish mixed with semi-gloss by Marabú.
The result is the replica of a powerful machine that really does look like a clever crow
ready to catch his prey!
Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2003
by Francisco Carlos Soldán Alfaro
Page Created 18 May, 2003
17 March, 2004
HyperScale Main Page