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1/48 FW-190s...WIP


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I haven't done a "full build" here in a while, and these two won't be too extensive, so I thought I'd post this from start to finish....follow along if you like!

I'm building these two FW-190s to try to do some Lufwaffe camo schemes. I got a new Iwata airbrush for Christmas with a .2 needle that should finally allow me to do free hand work, mottling, and squiggles; all of which were used on German schemes in WWII. I'm sorely out of practice, and thus these two relatively "quick" builds are meant to give me a chance to do some of that. One is the old 1/48 Monogram FW-190A-5, and the other is the much newer Tamiya FW-190A-3. This will give me two different types that I can also do in two different color schemes.

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The first two pics show the basic builds of each kit...the Monogram kit in green plastic and the Tamiya in gray. The Tamiya kit is strictly OOTB. The much older Monogram kit needed a bit of help since it had no wheel wells. I used an old Medallion Models resin update set to add those, and also sanded off the rivets and rescribed it a bit to bring it more "up to date". The old Monogram kit actually has a good cockpit for its day. But, only a main panel decal was originally provided, and since it was eaten by silverfish (you should see the instruction sheet!), I had to build a new main IP for it.

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This shows both of them after their initial priming...

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This shows the main Tamiya components with the front cowl (a separate part) set in place on the fuselage. This one is pretty much ready to start painting.

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This shows the Monogram components at the same time, though as you can see, it has taken and will need more work to be ready for painting. Note the the kit engine fan has been cut back so it can be slid into the front of the cowling after painting. Also note the main gear has been assembled and altered to be fit into the wings later...the original Monogram plan was to trap them in place when the wing was built; and they'd be in the way. The Monogram kit molds all the guns and pitots in place on the wing and then tells you which ones to cut off for the version you choose. I chose to cut them ALL off and substitute steel tubing for the barrels and the pitot. The original Monogram main canopy come with a frame and separate clear piece, making for seams. Long ago I put one together and sanded it smooth to make a vac mold. You can see one of my older vac canopies from an old build masked off to be repainted. I also vacked a new copy to go over the kit frame to make a new one. I'll use whichever comes out best in the end. You can also see that the cockpit IP cowling has been painted. It needs the gunsight glass added, and then the windshield can be added and blended in. Once that's done, this one should be ready for painting. The resin wheels are from the update set.

The earlier Tamiya A-3 version will be in the earlier Black Green/Dark Green/65 Hellblua scheme using kit decals. The Monogram A-5 will be in the later 74/75/76 (gray/dark gray/light blue) scheme with some aftermarket bright, Eastern Front markings.

More pics after the camo has been done! Questions, comments, and critiques welcome, as always!

 

Gil :smiley16:

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Shouldn’t the A-3 also be in the 74/75/76 scheme, just like the A-5? Unless you’re doing one of JG-54’s green schemes...?

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"Oughta" be? The kit instructions show the kit A-3 I'm doing in green/green AND the top color profile in one of my FW-190 "In Action" books (which shows the same plane/markings) is done in the earlier green/green scheme. Perhaps both are mistaken (and I'm betting Tamiya based their decals on THAT color profile), but since I'm not an accuracy Nazi, I don't care. This way I'm following my references, I'm able to use the kit decals, and getting 2 different schemes at the same time.

That's one of the cool things about Luftwaffe schemes...while there was a lot of German consistency, there were also a LOT of variations and mods depending on time period, front, and squadron; so you can't say "THIS" is the way it was with ABSOLUTE certainty.

Gil :smiley16:

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I was just going off time frames as a color scheme guideline. The 74/75/76 scheme was was introduced and became standard early in 1941 on fighters from the factory, aside from those bound for North Africa. The A-3 was introduced in 1942, so it should come from the factory in 74/75/76. But like I said in my first post, JG-54, amongst other eastern front units, field applied the 70/71 scheme on their aircraft to better match the prevailing conditions in Russia. And yes, like you said, there was plenty of variety within the Luftwaffe for camouflage schemes away from the standards. I’m not too keen myself on model company instruction sheets as the last word in references, but a photo of the actual subject aircraft is always golden. Even if it is in B&W and needs our own interpretation/analysis for best estimate of colors. Don’t get me started on those guys who computer colorize WWII B&W photos... lol!

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Progressed to the pre-shading and first color stage....and I already really like the new Iwata MUCH better! I can tell that I'M going to have to practice making my hand steadier, because the brush will do what I need to, but I'm VERY out of practice being so "precise". It seems to be atomizing ALL of my paints much better too, making for smoother applications overall!

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GIL :smiley16:

 

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Yes, Iwata's are fantastic brushes. Looks like you're doing another fantastic job so far; I don't see any sign of being out of practice. Looking forward to seeing more.

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Got the underside Blues applied today......

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Though hard to tell the difference here, the left one is RLM-65 (early war) and the right one is the later war RLM-76. The 65 is bluer and the 76 is grayer, as far as the bottom colors go. It took more time than I thought it would to sufficiently cover the pre-shading, which means (I think) the airbrush was applying a much finer coat of paint than my old one.

Tomorrow I'll try getting the top colors and mottling done all at the same time! We'll see........

 

Gil :smiley16:

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The undersides look great Gil. The difference in tones is visible in the photo. Looking forward to seeing what you did with the topsides.

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Got the camo done on both of them......had to do more touch ups than I'd hoped for, but as I said earlier, part of this is ME having to relearn things like formulating thinner paint ratios, use lower air pressure, and get used to being "dainty" when painting! Overall, I'm happy and it'll do for these models!

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Still have some trim colors to add, but overall they're almost ready for the gloss coat to prep for decalling.

 

Gil :smiley16:

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Looking real good Gil. Those mottles are nice and tight! 

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