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  1. Wow what a beauty! Excellent model. I need to start working on a Sea Fury asap...
  2. Finally finished, more pictures on RFI here. Despite its dreaded reputation, this is a very good kit overall and I really enjoyed building it. Compared with the Hasegawa A4, the old-tooled Eduard 190 Anton is far superior, in almost every respect. Yes indeed, the old-tooled Eduard Fw190 is over-engineered and unnecessarily complicated. But treated with care and patience and planning and dry-fitting before every move, I discovered that the kit is amazingly precise for such a complex model. The fit was very good to excellent all the way, the only flagrant exception being the MG151 covers. Besides the before-mentioned cannon covers, the only other major problems of the kit were: - the vertical stabilizer leading edge is too thick (very ease to solve); - I didn't liked the attachment system of the main gear legs. The position and geometry of the FW190 landing gear was pretty complex and the attachment system designed by Eduard is not up to the standard of this kit. In fact, this is the only area in which I have found the Hasegawa kit to be superior. Otherwise, this is a really great kit. Thank you all for watching and for your kind comments. Cheers.
  3. Hello Britmodellers. I just finished my Fw190A5 with the markings of Uffz. Walter Kohne from I/JG1, based at Deelen/Netherlands sometime during July 1943. I liked this marking because of the yellow nose and somehow unusual armament configuration. From what I read, although Walter Kohne himself hated the heavy WGr 21 grenade launchers, because it was transforming his 190 in some sort of truck, he was nevertheless able to shoot down at least two heavy bombers using this weapon. This is the old tool Focke-Wulf from Eduard, the over-engineered one. I started the build somehow fearful because the complexity of the kit and its dreaded reputation (as an over engineered kit with bad fit) but I have to say that, to my surprise, it was actually a very enjoyable experience. Until now I have completed very few models (I think this is my 8th or 9th), so it is difficult for me to compare it with other models, but I can tell you for sure that this is by far the best kit I have built to date. The model is not without problems, but this was intended to be some kind of test build for the rest of old-tooled Antons that are waiting in my stash (at the time of their acquisition, I was some sort of compulsive collector, otherwise I cannot explain). So I hope that the next ones will be better. This model was built in parallel with a Hasegawa Fw190A4 and if you are interested the build log for both models, you can find it right here . Hope You’ll like it. Thanks for looking and cheers.
  4. I have finished the main work on the A5 airframe. At the time of this particular 190 (summer 1943), JG1 was working from large and very well equipped west-European airfields and the airplanes were pretty well maintained. Therefore the only weathering applied to the model was some exhaust fumes and some oil spilling on the lower engine cover. Everything was sealed with Tamiya semi-gloss clear, minus the wheel wells and the exhaust areas, where I used flat clear. The MG17 and MG151 barrels are from the dedicated metal Master barrels set - highly recommended, they are far superior to any plastic barrels. Nearly there:) Soon to RFI, I hope. Thanks for looking and cheers.
  5. Ok after a short pause it's time to go on with the remaining 190, namely Walter Kohne's A5. Auxiliary tank finished (tank+tank mount+fuel lines): Main pieces of the landing gear are also ready: Hope to be back soon with some more progress. Cheers to all and thanks for looking
  6. Hi Guys. I usually do 1/48 kits, but I received this little one as a gift from a friend and I just gave it a try with 1/72 also. This small plane is also very dear to me, since I learned to fly on one of the descendants of the Zlin 126. The kit itself is very small and cute, reasonably fit, good decals. I just added some small details and that's it. Hope you'll like it. Cheers,
  7. Thank you Guys for your kind words. I'm really glad that you liked my 190. Regards,
  8. Typing error, sorry, I just corrected it. Thank you very much Ham:)
  9. Well, no holiday for me, Christer:) However, I was also working on the Hasegawa A4 and I'm happy the report that this bad boy is finally ready for the shelf. More pictures in RFI here. Hope you'll like it. Thanks a lot for your interest and kind words. Now hopefully I'll be able to finish pretty soon the Eduard A5 also.
  10. Hi Guys, I just finished my Hasegawa 1/48 Fw190 A4, with the markings belonging to Hannes Trautloft, Kommodore JG54, Russia, at the beginning of 1943. It was built in parallel with an old-tooled Eduard Fw190A5, which is still in progress at this time. Anyway, I'm happy that I finished one of them and I hope you will like it. The entire build log is here, if you are interested to see it. Thanks for looking and cheers,
  11. Auxiliary tank ready for painting. The support strip around the tank is evergreen strip.
  12. In the meantime I realized that although I finished the painting stage for the Eduard A5 also, I completely forgot about the auxiliary gas tank. The Eduard instructions says that Walter Kohne's Fw190A5 was equipped, at the time of its deployment to Deelen/Holland, with WGr 21 rocket launchers under the wings but also with auxiliary tank. As I said earlier, I seriously doubt that at that time this machine was equipped with the auxiliary tank, but since I made this research only after I installed the rack under the wing, now I have no option than to go for the auxiliary tank also. The problem is this auxiliary tank had some sort of metal strip which was used in order to secure it to the rack, besides the 4 connection points with the rack itself. Well, Eduad had represented this metal belt molded-on the upper part of the auxiliary tank, and I don't like at all this approach. So I removed it completely I I have to see later on how I will represent it in a better way. I also detailed a little bit the auxiliary tank support and some pipes for the incoming/outgoing gas circuit. Now I have to see how to represent that metal strip which was coming around the tank and I can go further on with the painting stage.
  13. Armed and looking for trouble: I finally installed the gun barrels...they are a mix of elements from different sources: - the mid/wing MG/FF's are coming from the de dedicated metal barrels set from Master which I'll be using on the Eduard A5 (which is in 2 cannon wing configuration, so the FF's are not needed); - the MG 151's installed in the wing roots are made from Albion Alloys brass tubes...just love these products, they are simply great; - the engine MG 17's are plastic from a new-tooled Eduard 190. Now she's almost ready, I have to install only the landing gear and some other small details...
  14. Sorry to hear about your problems. I'm using Tamiya X22 diluted with Leveling thinner (Mr. Color) as a gloss coat and I had no problems whatsoever in removing the excess of the AK panel liner. Until now I was also using only oils for enhancing panel lines...with oils you almost cannot make mistakes...but what I liked about AK panel-liner is that they are offering a dedicated panel-liner (color-wise) for this grey-blue cammo. They also have a different color for green-brown cammo combinations, I used it on the green area of the tactical markings, on the fuselage sides. This color variation makes the difference and it is difficult (at least for me) to get it wright each time by combining different oils. As a downside, indeed since is an enamel-based panel-liner, it has a quicker drying time (comparing with oils). But since it can be applied with a small paint brush directly on the panel line, the tide marks should be limited...it is a much more "cleaner" method that the one tried on Hasegawa A4, for example. On the Eduard A5 the result of the panel -lines washing was produced by these AK solutions, minus the yellow cowling, for which I used oil color (burnt umber wash). Indeed with the Flory models wash you have a lot of cleaning work to do. However, I heard from a fellow modeler that he is using the Flory models wash in the same way like the standard oil panel line wash: just applying it with a thin brush along the panel lines or rivet lines/other details, without spreading it all over the model. Apparently it works this way also and it is not producing such a mess. Maybe I will give it a try some time, just to check the results of such an approach. Thanks for your thoughts and comments guys, see ya
  15. That's why for the other 190, the Eduard one, I have tried another approach. This time I decided to use an AK Interactive panel liner dedicated for grey and blue models. It is an enamel-based product, applicable as it is (you don't have to dilute it or something like this) and it going very well along the panel lines. Any excess can be easily removed with cotton buds. Both methods are a fist for me (the one tried with Hasegawa A4 and this one on Eduard A5) and I have to say that this one is much more cleaner and subtle and therefore I prefer it. Anyway, this is how the Eduard A5 looks now: For the yellow cowling panel lines I used burnt umber oil wash. The looks of the Eduard A5 is enhanced (when comparing it with the Hase A4) by the fact that the kit is partly riveted. I don't even dare to think how cool the new-tooled 190's will look, since they are fully riveted! Thanks for looking and cheers.
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