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  1. Hello guys, my most recent project was this 32nd scale Fw 190F-8 from Revell. The kit was really nice to build, but I messed up the engine fit, which refused to fit between the two teardrop panels in the nose. I ended up removing the engine mounts and glued the engine to the cowling, which was then mounted to the fuselage. The aircraft chosen was Black 2 from Schlachtgeschwader 10, found in Czechoslovakia in May 1945. The sharkmouth on the main bomb was shown only in the White 70/Black 6 option, but I liked it so much that I decided to add it to Black 2.
  2. The first of the much anticipated new 1/72 scale Focke Wulf Fw190D series of kits from IBG Models has arrived in stock here. These are without a doubt (in my opinion) the best Doras in the scale at the moment and great value for money too. Link to the item page: https://www.blackmikemodels.co.uk/products/ibg-models-1-72-focke-wulf-fw190d-9-cottbus-early-production-kit Link to the item page: https://www.blackmikemodels.co.uk/products/ibg-models-72540-1-72-focke-wulf-fw190d-15-torpedo-bomber-kit The RRP for these kits is £20.70 however the BlackMike Models price is £16.95 + P&P (£4.00 or free postage above £60 if you want to fill your cart). Duncan B
  3. One of the things one can say about the Luftwaffe during WW2 is the sheer amount of projects, prototypes and machines that did achieve frontline service. The Focke Wulf Ta 154 is not one of them. Originally designed by Kurt Tank at Focke Wulf as a plane to counter the legendary RAF Mosquito, its first flight was on July 1st 1943. The plane was also to be built using wood, with a especial glue, Tegofilm, used to hold all the wooden parts together. However, as luck would have it, the RAF bombed the factory that manufactured the Tegofilm in Wuppertal, putting the factory out of comission. A replacement glue was used, but it disolved the wood, and that caused accidents. After the accidents, Tank ordered to halt the project, being accused by Göring of sabotage. Lots of to and fro was done and, in the end, the project was cancelled. I bought this kit yesterday with the Spitfire from Revell/Hasegawa in 48th. One of the things I did before walking away from the hobby shop was to check if the wings were warped (as Tom Cleaver had mentioned in his Modelling Madness review). Luckily, they weren't so I walked away happy. There're a total of six sprues, five in grey plastic and a clear one. There's no flash present. Decals, though being from 1999 (22 years old) looked OK. Not like Revell's current decals printed by Cartograf, but OK. I tested a small one and was happy to see it didn't break and it moved from the backing paper in no time. The single option is for Ta 154A-0 TQ+XE. Anyways, enough talking! Here are the photos. Boxart: Instructions and decals: Sprues (bagged to avoid losing parts):
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  5. Another future Hobby Boss 1/48th Fw.190 announced, the Focke Wulf Fw.190V-18 - ref.81747 Test build at the 55th All Japan Model & Hobby Show. Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/blog/1509254 V.P.
  6. Hallo In near future it will be reality, a dream: https://www.zoukeimura.co.jp/en/sentiment/oyajiblog_113.html Happy modelling
  7. Here are the photos of my most recent model, the Eduard Fw 190A-8 (new tool) modifed into an A-9. I used the 14 bladed cooling fan, paddle bladed propeller and Aeromaster decals to make an Fw 190A-9 from Schlachtgeschwader 10. My only complain is that the swastika seems too big, but I didn't want to use the one from the kit.
  8. Inspired by the ' the Grand Duke' comics, I want to build a Dora in the main characters scheme. As you can see there is a lot going on in this scheme and I'm not really up to speed on late war ('44-'45) Luftwaffe camo. Using some sites with RLM colours on I came to this: Wings top: RLM 81 Brunviolett RLM 75 Grauviolett Wings bottom: RLM 79 Sandgelb Aluminium Fuselage top: RLM 81 Brunviolett RLM 80 Olivgrun Fuselage sides: RLM 05 Elfenbein RLM 81 Brunviolett RLM 80 Olivgrun Fuselage bottom: RLM 05 Elfenbein RLM 78 Hellblau Does this correspond to any actual scheme?
  9. A quickie I did of a Fw190D-9 running up it’s engine..
  10. Here is my latest completion, Tamiya's elderly Focke Wulf 190 in 1/48. A really well engineered and easy build kit. Not up to Eduard standards but very easy to build with a decent level of detail OOTB. Totally brush painted with Humbrol and Revell acrylics, and the kit decals, which although a bit thick conformed well with decalfix. Thanks for looking, Cheers Greg
  11. Mini Art is to release a 1/35th Focke Wulf Triebflügel kit - ref. MA40002 Source: https://hobby.dengeki.com/event/755604/2/ http://www.moxingfans.com/new/news/2019/0508/5793.html https://www.facebook.com/tetramodel/photos/a.2474802349220072/2475722415794732/?type=3&theater V.P.
  12. Good night guys, after completing my Mustang, i decided to build next my second Academy Ta 183. It's a lovely kit with good details. Everything fits together nicely. Boxart: Decals: Sprues: Cockpit:
  13. German WWII National Insignia for Bf.109G-10 & Fw.190A-8 (3 sets) 1:48 Eduard Eduard’s decal range just keeps expanding, and as with their PE sets, they arrive in resealable foil bags with instructions to the front and the decals to the rear with a sheet of translucent paper protecting the printed adhesive side. Each set has a set of profiles to assist with placement, and where there are swastikas, they are provided in two-part decals for territories where the symbol is frowned upon where the corner will be snipped off, and a dotted lined corner in one part for those where it isn’t. Bf.109G-10 MTT/WNF National Insignia (D48035) This set includes two each of three types of crosses for both upper and lower wings, along with eight fuselage crosses and four swastikas of both double decal and single or missing flavours. Fw.190A-8/R2 National Insignia (D48036) This set includes two each of the wing upper and lower, two fuselage crosses, plus four swastikas in both double decal and single or missing types. Fw.190A-8 National Insignia (D48037) On a wide sheet this set has two crosses for the upper wing, four for the lowers, and another four for the fuselage, with four swastikas in parts, plus four more if you’ve not had them nipped off the corner by the importer. Conclusion Useful sheets with very specific subjects in mind. Decals are printed in-house in good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Hi all and just finished this one for a 'What If' GB elsewhere. Build thread is here but to recap: Kit: 1/72 PM Models Ta-183 Build: Mostly OOB Extras: Tape for belts and some plasticard in the u/c bays. Cut the one-part canopy open Paints: Revell Acrylics by airbrush, mottle effect with some kitchen sponge. Panel line wash. Decals: Some from the kit, others from the spares for JG7, 1945 A small kit...here beside an Airfix Fw-190 Not the most detailed kit by a long-shot but as a blank canvas to try out new skills or for those just getting into the hobby, I think it makes for a nice little build. Thanks for looking! Dermot
  15. Airframe & Miniature 3 Fw.190 Early Series (Radial Engined) and 7 Fw.190D & Ta.152 Update Editions A Complete Guide To The Luftwaffe's Famous Fighter Valiant Wings Publishing The Fw.190 was first developed as a replacement for ageing Bf.109 and to counter the British Spitfire, but it ended up serving alongside its Messerschmitt stablemate. When first encountered by the Spitfires it gave them quite a shock with its different flight characteristics and more nimble flight envelope, spurring on development of the Spitfire in a continual game of leapfrog throughout the war. Its design was to mate the most powerful engine they had to the lightest possible airframe, which resulted in the diminutive 190 with its blunt nose and wide tracked undercarriage that gave it better ground handling characteristics than its nose-over prone brethren. This is the welcome re-release of a series of two books, the second of which covered the genesis of the 190 through to the end of the war with later redesigns up until the end of production, the first covering the later 190D or Dora with inline engine that gained the nickname of Langnase or long nose due to the changes wrought on the shape by the different engine type. It also covers the re-designed Ta.152 which was to be the high altitude variant that saw very little service due to the deteriorating state of the war at the time. They also cover the oddities, which will be of interest to anyone that is interested in the almost or what-if possibilities of this versatile airframe. Both books are perfect bound in a card jacket and printed on glossy paper with spot colour throughout. The author for each one is the prolific Richard A Franks, with Richard J Caruana providing the colour profiles as usual with this interesting series, plus Jacek Jackiewicz who is responsible for the isometric and the plans. Attached to the rear of each volume are a set of plans that will be of great use to any modeller that likes to compare and contrast their plastic replicas with profiles and plans. The plans in #7 are thicker and have additional pictures and diagrams of airframe parts in addition to the 1:48 airframe plans. Airframe & Miniature 3, Fw.190D & Ta.152 – ISBN: 9781912932078 Consisting of 176 pages, it details the development of the 190D from prototypes, initial production and the introduction to combat with changes made from there. The major redesign of the Fw,190D that changed name to Ta.152 (designed by Kurt Tank) takes up a good portion of the text and photos, as there were a number of series planned, with more that were on the drawing board at the end of the war. Airframe Chapters Evolution – Fw.190D The Fw.190D series The Ta.152C series The Ta.152H series Projects and drawing board designs Camouflage & markings Stencils Colour Profiles Miniature Chapters Fw.190D & Ta.152 kits Building a selection Building a collection In detail: The Fw.190 & Ta.152 Appendices Fw.190D & Ta.152 kit list Fw.190D & Ta.152 accessories list Fw.190D & Ta.152 decal list Bibliography Glossary Fold-Outs Scale plans – Fw.190D early & late, Fw.190D-9, Ta.152H-0/1 Airframe & Miniature Volume 7 – Fw.190 Radial Engine versions (A, B, C, F, G & S) ISBN: 9781912932085 With an expanded page count up to 240 pages, this volume documents the development of the early Fw.190 from initial prototypes to the maturity of the airframe up until the point that the output from the BMW radial engine was holding them back. The changes involved many dead-ends, including new engines and ancillary positions such as radiators, turbojet powered redesign and just about any kind of aerodynamic of mechanical updates that the engineers thought could give them advantage over the Spitfire and eventually the Mustang, Thunderbolt and many other late war heavy fighters. The page breakdown is as follows: Airframe Chapters Evolution – Prototypes and A-Series Prototypes A-Series The F and G-Series F-Series Ordnance Test Trials G-Series Conversions, Projects & New-Builds Training Aircraft Fw.190C Series Fw.190E Series, Projects Modified, New-Builds Miniature Chapters Fw.190A to G kits Building a Selection Building a Collection In Detail: The Fw.190A to G Cockpit & Canopy Fuselage Engine, Cowling & Propeller Wings Tail Undercarriage & Wheel Wells Armament, Racks and Drop Tanks Radio, Electrical and Camera Equipment Miscellaneous Appendices Kit List Accessories and Mask List Decal List Bibliography 1:48 Scale Plans Fold-Out Fw.190 V1, A-3, A-6, A-8/R2 Fw.190A-9/R1, S-8 Conclusion As we have come to expect from this series, indeed any of the Valiant Wings publications, the text is interesting, the photos of high quality, and the drawings are crisp with lots of informative captions. The colour profiles are of high quality, and the isometrics that show the differences between marks are my personal favourites, and there are a lot of those in this pair! There is plenty to interest the aviation enthusiast as well as the modeller, but the modelling section is great for us plastic lovers, with models of the highest quality being showcased with tips and tricks to obtain similar results (talent willing!), with all major scales represented from many manufacturers. This series has become a great source of knowledge for those of us that don't know everything already, and with them in hand, you are poised to do a better job of your latest 190 project, especially if you're looking at detail. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Come back frim home with 19 photos of my most recently completed model, Hasegawaga's 1:72 Dora.
  17. Hello again, I sincerely hope you don't mind me asking two consecutive questions about similar subject but I am planing a multi build of Eduard's Fw 190 A-3 and would like to find a proper references for the decal sheets I have! This time I am looking for a photo reference (or any secondary source of info) regarding Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-3 featured on Cutting Edge Decal sheet CED48196 "Fw 190 Reich Defenders Pt2" (can be seen here: http://fineartofdecals.com/goodies/148-treasures-axis/ second decal described on the page) Decal sheet instructions are mentioning the photo but they do not list any references which we could check to make our own assumption! I somehow remember this machine from some of the discussions on some of the forums over the last 20 years and I thought I have saved the photo & even the discussion in my "archive" but I am unable to dig it out! From the decal sheet: "First is Fw 190A-3, Red 7/Blue 1 (starboard) AND Blue 1/Red 7 (port), of an unknown unit. This very interesting A-3 features a late-war ground concealment scheme consisting of RLM 82/83 over the original 74/75. It IS possible that was an eastern front aircraft and received the infamous JG 53/54 experimental schemes using Russian paint stocks. There is no evidence of a yellow stripe under the fuselage cross visible in the photo. The exact colors of the numbers is also unclear. The 7 is darker than the yellow undercowl, but much lighter than the 1. The 1 is lighter than the Swastika. We think the colors are as shown, but the one could be black, and the seven could then be yellow or blue. Since the 7 is applied in the standard number position for the Fw 190, it appears the 1 was the new number for the aircraft during its final days." Is anyone able to help me locate a photo or two of the mentioned machine... I would really appreciate it! Thank you very much in advance! PS It's the first machine from the top - in the decal instructions:
  18. More or less in a month, I´ll be having my Winter recess (after an exam in which I don´t have anything to study from aside for a bunch of schemes thrown out there without any words), and from the seven kits I have on my stash, I picked this one to become sixth build. The model itself is over 40 years old, from the now gone Frog. It doesn´t have much flash, but it does have some moulding defects, and the propeller was designed to turn to the wrong way. The kit comes with only one decal option, Green 9, Willi Reschke´s aircraft. I saw on a video build for this aircraft that the only area with gaps will be the wing/fuselage join, so I may use filler on said gaps (I don´t want to use any, to preserve the panel lines).
  19. No it's not a joke. Kitty Hawk is to release a 1/32nd Focke Wulf Fw.190A family: - ref. KH32025 - Focke Wulf Fw.190A-8A-5 - ref. KH32026 - Focke Wulf Fw.190A-8A-8 Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2129165307342083&set=a.1874930699432213.1073741830.100007459027346&type=3&theater 3D render V.P.
  20. Fw.190A-8/R-2 Sturmbock (03874) 1:32 Revell The Fw.190 was one of the primary German fighters in WWII, and was intended to replace the Bf.109 but ended up fighting alongside it for the rest of the war. Its appearance gave the Allies a shock that spurred further development of the Spitfire, which it outclassed in terms of speed initially. Continuous improvement of the A series led to the A-8, which benefited from previous iterations and used the BMW 801 engine with an emergency boost system and adding extra armour to protect its power plant. The R-2 field modification had the two 20mm outer wing mounted cannons replaced with 30mm Mk.108 cannons as they had a similar muzzle velocity but packed a bigger punch. This extra punch led to it being given the nickname Sturmbock, which translates to "Battering Ram". The Kit This is a reboxing with additional parts based on the initial 2015 tooling of the F-8, which was then re-released as an A-8/R11 nightfighter later on. It arrives in one of Revell's large end-opening box that folks aren't so keen on, and inside are nine sprues in Revell's usual pale grey/greenish styrene, three small sprues of clear parts, decal sheet and instruction booklet in the new colourful style, which also has the colour profiles for the markings on the rear pages. Detail is good throughout with engraved panel lines and fasteners, although if you're expecting a full complement of rivets all over the model that will be down to you and your riveting tool, plus a few hours of careful work. The clear parts are good where they are single layer, but where they are double-layered to depict the additional armoured glass, the thickness has caused some shrinkage that gives the finished articles a distorted look. Construction begins with a choice of wheels up or wheels down, and whether you will use the stand, which informs the number and position of holes that you need to drill in the multipurpose upper and lower wings. With that out of the way the cockpit tub is adorned with rudder pedals, control column, seat and the lower section of the instrument panel, for which there is a dial decal included on the sheet. The upper instrument panel is made up separately with its own decal then inserted into the coaming from below along with the gunsight and its clear lenses. The nose-mounted gun deck is then made up and attention shifts to the tail gear to allow you to close the fuselage. There is a choice of two sizes of tail wheel tyre with a two-part hub and two more parts for the tyres, which are then fitted to one of two struts depending on whether you are deploying the landing gear or not. The coaming and tail wheel are fitted to the starboard fuselage half, which will require painting before you proceed as it would be too much to get it done after joining the halves. The rest of the cockpit is inserted from below before the wings are added and the empty gun compartment floor is put in place. The lower wing is full width and has a short spar added to its inner surface that also makes up one wall of the landing gear bays, and have the barrels for the cannons projecting through it. The barrels are slide-moulded with hollow muzzles, but the breech isn't included and behind the bulkhead another stiffening panel is added flat against the wing part. Each bay is a single part with bay detail moulded in with a large square socket for the landing gear to be added later, and at the aft edge of the bays near the centre, the vertical ammo boxes are dropped into place by lining up with the spent casing chutes. Before the wings are finished, the beginnings of the engine mount is glued to the firewall, then the lower wing is fitted under the fuselage and the top wings halves are decked out with ailerons and cannon bulges as befits the type then attached to the lower wing and fuselage fairings. Only the external barrels of the Mk.108 cannons are supplied for the outer station, but these at least have hollow muzzles The flap bays are moulded into the upper wings with simple ribs portraying the detail and allowing you to pose the flaps open or closed by using different parts. The tail has all posable parts that attach in the usual tab and slot manner, and then the engine becomes the focus. The BMW 801 radial engine is where the majority of the detail in this kit is to be found, and comes complete with two banks of pistons, push-rods, exhaust collector and hollow-tipped outlets, plus all the ancillary equipment except for the wiring harness that you'll have to weave yourself. It is fitted between the two bulged "cheek panels" that attach to the leading edges of the wing and fuselage, with the nose ring added after. Later on the rest of the cowling panels are installed in either the open or closed position as you see fit, and they have some detail moulded inside them but the purists may wish to add more. The main gear of the 190 is a single strut with separate oleo-scissors and a captive bay door. The two-part tyres can be either smooth or radial tread and have two hub parts with a hole in the back to attach to the axle. They fit into the aforementioned slot and are set to the correct angle by joining up the retraction jack with a scrap diagram showing the slightly canted inward stance of the real thing. For the in-flight option a simpler set of struts and thin half-tyre/hub are supplied on the same sprue that attach to a different pair of doors and fit flush to the lower wing, showing a little rubber through the omission of the inner doors as was common on some variants. As the build draws to a close the canopy is started, adding the windscreen first then the sliding canopy with optional armour panels and different parts if you are posing it open or closed. The rail and head armour are common between each installation, and scrap diagrams show how far back the head armour should be in both positions. The crew step, underwing antenna, DF loop, pitot probe and clear wingtip lights are added around the model, and the prop with its spinner, backplate and cooling fan are fitted to the axle protruding from the engine block, then it's a case of building up the drop-tank and hanging it from the streamlined central pylon and deciding whether you're going to pose it on the stand or not. The stand is a substantial chunk of plastic with a large circular base that has chamfered sides, a tapering tubular stand, and yoke at the top that straddles the fuel tank and fits into the holes you're supposed to have drilled out if you are planning on using it. There are a few minor sink-marks on the flat top of the base that should respond well to some filler, and once painted it looks quite sturdy and professional. Markings The decals are printed by Zanetti for Revell and the large decal sheet contains two options, which are as follows: Wk.Nr. 682204 5./JG 300, Löbnitz, Oct 1944 Wk.Nr. 680718 12./JG3, Barth, Germany, May 1944 The decals have good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas, and include seatbelt and instrument panel decals along with a good number of stencils. Conclusion A good kit of the Fw.190 that suffers from mild glazing issues due to shrinkage, with a well-detailed engine and the added cachet that the impressive armament and nickname brings. Highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  21. Pepelatz is to release 1/72nd Focke-Wulf Volksflugzeug Entwurf I & II resin kits Sources: Volksflugzeug Entwurf I : https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=833464327025851&id=563609150678038 Volksflugzeug Entwurf II : https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=833465423692408&id=563609150678038 V.P.
  22. After the Fw.190F-8 - ref. 04869 ( http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234969323-132-focke-wulf-fw190f-8-by-revell-released/) Revell is to release in July 2017 a 1/32nd Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-8/R-11 Nachtjäger - ref. 03926 Sources: http://www.kitreviewsonline.de/revell-neuheiten-fuer-das-jahr-2017/ http://www.revell-news.de/display.php?M=166356&C=3f057b9cf49fc7b39cd8722d3dac6145&S=587&L=36&N=239 V.P.
  23. Amusing Hobby is working on a 1/48th Focke Wulf Triebflügel kit - ref. 48A001 Source: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/Nuernberg2018/Bilder_AT/MBK_Distribution_06.htm V.P.
  24. I decided to post this here and not on my local Facebook modeler´s group because you lot seem more, polite and civilised. The Strike Witches anime is based on an alternate reality, where the Earth has been invaded by an alien race known as Neuroi in 1939, and the only ones who can fight them effectively are young girls with magical powers called witches, who use machines called Striker Units to fly and fight the Neuroi in the sky. The girls and their Striker Units are based on famous WW2 aces and aircraft. One of the characters of this anime is Gertrud Barkhorn from Karlsland, who uses an Fw 190D-9 as her Striker Unit. I got the inspiration to build this model after seeing Hasegawa´s release: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10531089. Since I knew I wouldn´t be able to get it, I got into the task of getting aftermarket decals and spares to make this version. And yes, I have the Dragon 190D-9 with decals for Gerhard Barkhorn´s aircraft, but the model is covered with imperfections, so I´ll use the decals of that kit on the Hobby Boss one. I used Revell Aqua colours, Skymodel decals for Gerhard Barkhorn´s markings, and Eduard´s Iron Crosses from a Bf 109F-2. Stay tuned, because there´ll be an Me 262 painted in bright red from the same show in the future.
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