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  1. Hi, it´s me again. I bought this decal sheet, and because Eaglecal´s profiles don´t give me much information regarding camouflage mottling, I wanted to know if you guys had photos of: 1) Fw 190A-3 Chevron and Wavy line, attached to I/JG51, painted in the temporary white camouflage scheme (I want to know if the aircraft had the normal Fw 190 camouflage before being painted in white). 2) Fw 190A-3 Yellow 5 and horizontal bar of the same colour, attached to 6/JG1 (I want to know if the aircraft had the outer guns and the bulges under the wings, or if it was a factory release of an aircraft without the outer guns and flat panels under the wings). 3) Josef Priller´s Fw 190A-2, attached to III/JG26. I was able to find a single blurry photo of this aircraft´s left side. I hope you guys can shine some light above these three aircraft. Thanks!
  2. This conversion is only my first build of 2018, it took a lot of effort to complete this build as my interest in it tended to lose its' way due to various non modelling factors! However I eventually managed to complete the build and I now would like to share the end result. The base kit for the AIMS conversion is the Dragon Junkers Ju88 family of kits, in my particular case I used a Ju88C-6 I had not yet got around to building. Basically one replaces the front fuselage with a resin replacement, removes the rear fuselage and again replaces with a resin replacement, a bulged bomb bay/recce pod also resin is added to the fuselage (see pics below). The wingtips were replaced with the extended resin ones supplied. Control surfaces, tailplanes, vertical tail surface, elevators, engine cowlings, props, spinners were all supplied in resin. A P/E sheet was also supplied with detail items to add to the conversion, also a excellent decal sheet and a cd with instructions plus excellent reference photos. Last but not least 2 vac form canopies which caused me an awful lot of grief which I won't bore you with!!! I leave you with some shots of the interior detail added:- One final note, model was finished using Mission Model paints in 82/83(81?)/76, the 83/81 colour was a mix of greens due to the awful colour Mission Models supply as RLM83 (if that is if RLM83 Green existed of course!). My aircraft is based on a photo appearing on the Ju388 site showing several machines abandoned on an unknown airfield at the end of the war. I have purposely weathered the upper surfaces of the aircraft as the elements would have had on these machines left out in the open and hardly flown due to lack of fuel and allied air superiority - that's my take anyway!!!! Cheers Andy
  3. pipthepilot

    FW 190D-9

    After completing my Hawker tempest I thought it would be interesting to build a Dora as it was one of the adversaries of the Tempest. I also wanted a kit that didn't need much correction or scratch building so I could have a relaxing build so I chose to build the Eduard 1/48 FW 190D-9 kit. Cue obligatory photo of a box! Now, I did say I didn't want to have to have to scratch build but then as I started putting the cockpit together it really struck me how boring some of the PE parts are, especially the seatbelts. I had just seen a tutorial on how to build detail with Milliput so I thought I would have a go at creating my own belts rather than using the PE ones. Well, you know how it goes, one thing leads to another and the next moment I'm scratch building the instrument panel as well. So much for not wanting to scratch build anything this build
  4. Hello all, I am trying to find out the exact location where a relative of mine crash landed his FW190 F-8 in February 1945 due to engine troubles where he was wounded but survived. He's not a direct relative but a family member who is English married a German woman and her father was the said pilot. I have a loss report which states he crashed in "Map Quad Pl.Qu.52746". These coordinates mean nothing to me and my basic research hasn't revealed anything. I believe the Germans used their own grid system for specific areas which is what I imagine this relates to. Any experts out there have any idea please? I can tell you he was based at Grossenhain, east Germany, at the time of the crash and being towards the end of the war and with the range of the aircraft suggests it was either near Dresden or into the border of what is now North-West Czech Republic or Western Poland. His outfit was 'Schlachtgeschwader 2' who were a close air support group led by Hans-Ulrich Rudel flying the Stuka and later on the FW190. Any information would be appreciated please.
  5. This will be my first Work In Progress thread, and I thought I’d kick off with what I hope might turn into a good one. Be prepared, though, for some lengthy gaps in progress as I only let myself work on play stuff when I feel I’ve earned the time. I am self-employed, and I suppose I’m lucky enough to be a full-time professional model maker. I generally specialise in railway subjects, at O gauge (1/43rd scale), and so building model aeroplanes is very much a relaxation for me. Some background about me, for those who didn’t see my New Member thread. I am very focused in my collection. Well, I was focused. Working to 1/72nd scale, my aim was to make representations of at least one of each type of plane that flew in the Battle of Britain. Starting out with just RAF Fighter Command (Spitfire, Hurricane, Defiant, Blenheim, Gladiator) and the Luftwaffe and Italian forces ranged against them. The Battle has been an obsession for me since my school days, around the time of the 40th anniversary. I soon started to spread my wings, as it were, backwards in time to encompass Operation Dynamo, then the Battle of France, the Phoney War, and in the end, I’ve decided to include the Night Blitz and even extend to the Norway campaign. I now find I’m collecting aircraft that operated in the Northern and Western European theatres for the whole of 1940. So, that’s all the RAF commands and support squadrons, Fleet Air Arm, Dutch, Belgian, French, Norwegian air forces, Luftwaffe and the Italian contingent. At some point, perhaps I should start a gallery thread to show the aircraft I’ve built so far, and those that will be added in due course. That’ll be for another day. All that is a rather long-winded way to introduce the theme of this build, the Dornier Do17P. The Do17 development history is long and complex, and I can do no better than point you at the various online resources, including Wikipedia. Suffice to say, I already had the main Do17Z variant represented in my collection, in both the old Revell (ex-Monogram) boxing from some decades ago and the more recent Airfix one. I hadn’t originally intended on acquiring an earlier variant, though Airfix had produced the kit for the Do17E/F until relatively recently. However, a trip to a model show earlier this year saw a Do17E/F up for sale at a fair price on a stall - how could I resist? The 1986-style box was a little tired, but I was assured everything was in there. In fact, the stall holder insisted I should check all was in order. Sure enough, although some parts were rattling around loose, it all seemed complete. The moulding is in a hard light blue plastic. I was taken right back to my early days of sticky-fingered model building on the kitchen table! Surprisingly little flash was evident, though there were signs of age in the mould with mild sink marks and slight misregistration here and there. I was surprised to see quite a lot of detail available to fit out the cockpit. When was this kit first made? Crikey! 1971! Colour me even more surprised about the interior details, then! Outside, the Haldane Place Demon Riveter had been somewhat restrained, and there were even - gasp! - recessed panel lines. The instructions are old enough to still list the Airfix enamel colours. More memories came flooding back! The problem I had, though, was the Do17E was properly old hat by the start of 1940. I rummaged through my references to see if I could find any instances of an E or F in squadron service anywhere during 1940. All I could turn up was examples of the Do17M and P, meteorological and photo reconnaissance variants. As far as I could tell the biggest difference between the 17E and 17P was the engines. The E had BMW V1 inline units, the M and P had Bramo Fafnir radials, like the Z series. An idea began to form in my mind. A couple of decades ago, I built the Revell Do17Z to represent an aircraft that was brought down near Maidstone during the Battle of Britain. I threw everything at it, PE details, resin wheels and so on. I used the kit transparencies, as they were preferable to the vac-form alternatives I could find. Me being me, I wanted to open the pilot’s sliding window - and I cracked the transparency beyond repair! I went out and bought another kit, just for the cockpit greenhouse. Those were the days when I could afford to do such things. The remainder of the Revell kit remained untouched in the box ever since. I wondered, therefore, if I might be able to combine the Revell and Airfix kits and produce a Do17M or P. I had noted the Airfix kit used the same basic assembly arrangement for fitting the wings to the fuselage. If I was lucky, I might even be able to replace the whole wing assembly, rather than graft the engine pods onto the Airfix wings. Digging out the Revell box, I feverishly taped the wings together. I did the same with the Airfix fuselage halves. Now, that was encouraging. Some mild surgery, and no doubt a fair whack of filler, but this approach might well work. The Revell box might also yield various alternative parts, too. It looks like I can definitely create a Frankendornier to get a Do17P for my collection. Since my quick tests, I have decided to invest in aftermarket transparencies, PE details and resin wheels. If I’m going to do the work, I may as well do it properly! So far, no glue has been deployed, and it might be a while yet, but I wanted to start the thread to whet my appetite and see what you all think.
  6. Sturmovik

    Opinions on Airfix´s 1:48 Bf 109E-1/3/4

    Someone offered me this kit as an alternative to the more expensive Hasegawa 109E with a Galland resin body, so I wanted to know your opinions about it regarding the type of plastic, the quality of the decals, fit, and particularly the size of the sprue gates (if you had any troubles removing the parts from the sprues). Any comment is appreciated.
  7. Sturmovik

    Question about Hasegawa´s 1:48 Fw 190s

    Having built three of them and with two more on the stash, I wanted to know if someone else has had issues fitting the gear doors to the struts because of their length, because when the time comes, I have to trim both doors to get them to fit, am I doing something wrong? Thanks.
  8. Here´re the photos of my latest model, Revell´s 20 year old Me 262A-1a. The model had an overall good fit, except for the front nose piece, which curves up and the canopy, which has a terrible fit (worst fitting part in the entire kit). I added a 30 gram lead weight in the frontal bulkhead of the cockpit, and discovered after attaching the wheels that it was just enough to keep the model from being a tail seater (I bought some 10 gram weight that I´ll cut in half and glue them as forward as possible for the next time). I´m also accepting advice regarding how I should take my photos.
  9. It was nice to finally open again Revell Germany´s rectangular blue box. I had built this model twice in the past, both times I ended up with a mess instead of a plastic model (the second time I ended with melted plastic because I used too much glue on my weight in the nose), but this time I got a fully assembled aircraft without much trouble. Time has not been kind to the model, the moulds are worn, resulting in a lot of flash, particularly in the lower nose assembly. Instructions forget to mention to open holes for the lower antennae and the circular one over the fuselage. I was able to open the hole for the circular one, but the lower one won´t be present on this model. Tomorrow I´ll try to begin and finish painting it, so I can decal it the next day.
  10. In my effort to build the kits with as little changes as possible/effort, I´ve decided to build the A-6 as Gerhard Vivroux´s aircraft, because it doesn´t need any modifications for the lateral armour plating (White 20 was in fact an A-7 and White 1 needs to have a panel line added to the armour plating). The Fw 190A-8 will be built as the tiger striped mount of Ernst Schröder following Tamiya´s painting instructions. And last but not least, the Me 262 will be built as White 19 from Kommand Nowotny, Achmer, 1944. I´ll guide myself from a couple of black and white photos and some colour profiles found on the internet. The Me 262 will be built first because of its simplicity and smaller size, perfect for a 4-day holiday. It´ll also serve as a test bed for my seam filling and weight to use (when I added weights the first two times the plastic melted, totally my fault).
  11. Hi all I have decals for Schaufer's 110 but cannot find any images online. Any help appreciated http://s1079.photobucket.com/user/HappyBunny26/media/ME 110g_zpse2ekspni.jpg.html Thanks in anticipation
  12. So I've finally decided to bite the bullet and post a WIP here. I've challenged a friend's son to a model build (we have a month), and I've decided to incorporate this aeroplane into my ongoing (so far not published) build. A while back (OK, a few years ago), I read a book by Hans-Werner Lerche (1914-1994). He was a Luftwaffe Test Pilot during WW2, and flew over 125 different aircraft types, including evaluation flights of many allied aircraft, most of them after only visual examinations of the aeroplane (so no training or handbooks!). He was the principal pilot of the Luftwaffe test site at Mecklenburg Rechlin 1945. In his book he describes his career, and lists the aircraft he flew, quite a few with enough detail to be able to depict a reasonable model. I have spent the last few years putting together as much detail as I can, and purchasing as many of the aircraft as I can in 1/48th scale. I plan to use this thread to document the builds. Rivet-counters- please close this thread now, as I don't plan to do perfect- near enough is good enough for me, especially after having had a minor stroke 9 years ago, three shoulder surgeries in the last two years, and an ulnar nerve surgery last year. My eye-hand co-ordination is not close too what it should be, but I'm doing this as therapy. I should also add that I'm old-school- brush only. So, to kick this off, here is the start of my 1st documented build in this long-term project- a 1/48th Henschel Hs 123 A-1. Unfortunately there is not much beyond the fact that he flew the Hs 123 in the book, and I have not been able to firmly identify a colour scheme, so I will be going with a generic 70/71/65 machine as per the instructions. The box cover for the 1/48th Henschel Hs-123 A-1- I picked it up at a reasonable price not long ago. The sprues of the 1/48th Henschel Hs-123 A-1.
  13. Hello Everyone, I have been building the FW190 over the last couple of weeks and originally wasn't going to submit it in RFI because I had a few issues but in the end, I decided I would. The Eduard kit is very nice, the panel line and rivet details are absolutely amazing and the fit of every piece is perfect. The problem I had was with the decals, I managed to smudge the port wing cross whilst it was drying and then just made it worse trying to fix it. I then decided to remove both decals and start again but just ended up messing up the paint! I ended up having to paint the upper wing surfaces again and as I didn't have any replacement decals I painted the crosses. Its one of those things that you wouldn't notice unless someone points it out but I know its there are it bothers me, the only upside was I really liked the painted crosses so will paint them on more often in future. Despite the issues, I enjoyed building her and I am quite pleased with the result but any constructive criticism is more than welcome.
  14. I bought Revell´s Me 262A-1a, and I´m inclining to build the aircraft as the mount of Erich Mikat, but I have doubts about the camouflage. Revell´s instructions show an aircraft with high fuselage demarcation line of RLM 76 with several squiggles of RLM 81 and a splinter pattern in RLM 81/82 on top, however, Osprey Aircraft of the Aces "German Jet Aces of World War 2" show the same aircraft with a solid RLM 82 (or 83) camouflage and several RLM 76 squiggles on the fuselage. There´s one real life photo of the aircraft, but its too small to figure something out. Anything is welcome (and if I can´t convince myself, I´ll go with the second camouflage option).
  15. Phoenix - A Complete History Of the Luftwaffe 1918-1945 Volume 1 - The Phoenix is Reborn 1918-1934 ISBN : 9781910294505 Helion and Company Casemate UK The Phoenix here is referring to the rebirth of the Luftwaffe following the end of The First World War. This series of books is based on an amazing 40 years of research and covers much more than famous aircraft, battles and aces. Areas such as Training, organisation, and areas not normally researched such as Anti-Aircraft guns, signalling and medical services are also examined. This series of books will examine five major themes from the history; (A) Strategy and Command, (B) Ministerial Activity, (C) Technology and Production, (D) Infrastructure and Training, and (E) Operations. This will enable readers to look at a particular area if it suits them, and look at the relationships between, and holding these aspects together. This first volume covers a period which has not been extensively researched before. That immediately following the first world war, and the intervening secret build up of the Luftwaffe prior to its public unveiling in 1935. A great deal of development / preparatory work was done in this period not only in training, and aircraft development but in organising all the various parts. It shows how Goring and Hitler essentially inherited an air arm in waiting – a product of covert military professional endeavour over a period following the end of WWI. This volume is split into two parts. The first part deals with the years 1918 to 1932. The book calls this the period of secrecy where the emergency of the new German Armed Forces was kept secret. It follows from Germany in chaos after WWI, through the building of a new military, ordnance development, civil aviation, training of pilots, the development of the Flak Artillery; and the development of German Naval Aviation. The second part follows the rise of Hitler from 1933 to 1934 when all of the military activities came more to the fore. Conclusion This book should provide readers with a complete understanding of the early years of the Luftwaffe while is existence was still in fact a secret to many. You can see where the 40 years of research have gone to provide such an in depth look at this period. The book is hard cover slightly larger than A5 and 650 pages long. There are two sections with black & white photos. Highly Recommended. Vol I Review sample courtesy of
  16. I thought I´d share 15 photos I took while visiting IWM Duxford when I was in London some time ago. Why doesn´t this aircraft have more markings apart from the crosses and Swastika? Was it restored?
  17. Since seeing an article in Airfix Magazine in the early 70's on converting the Airfix 1/72 Bf109G-6 into the two seater G-12 and attempting the conversion non too successfully, I've wanted to add both Luftwaffe two seater conversions of Bf109 and Fw190 to my collection. It has taken me 40 odd years to actually get these models built. I collected and stashed away the Falcon vac form conversion, the MPM Fw190S short run kit but just never got round to building them! With the introduction of the excellent Eduard 1/48 Bf109 and Fw190 series, I took a look at the other 109s and 190s in my stash, with the Hasegawa 109s being slighly inaccurate in the fuselage I decided to use a G-4 and a G-6 as donors for conversion. I also decided to use 2 Dragon Fw190s for conversion purposes. With the following results:- All the schemes shown were taken from photos in books or off the net. It is unknown which units these four machines came from! I used a lot of spare parts for these models mostly taken from the large amount of spares Eduard give us in their 109 and 190 kits. A short summary of parts used:- Bf109s :- Eduard wheels,exhausts, Fusion resin spinners/props, Aires and FCM resin interiors (front cockpits), Falcon vacform canopies and rear fairing. Fw190s :- Eduard u/c legs, 2 x cockpits, ailerons, 1 x rudder, MPM resin interior, resin spinners, rear fairings from MPM and Falcon kits. Whilst I can see a fair few flaws in these builds I at least now have fufilled my ambition to add these types to my Luftwaffe collection. Cheers Andy
  18. Sturmovik

    RLM/Revell paint conversion chart

    I never saw a conversion chart for RLM/Revell colours, so I´m publishing one I made in 2015 with hopes of helping those who also paint with Revell. It can be used both with the acrylics and the enamels. The most recent colour added was 361 Satin Olive Green. RLM 01 (Silver) Revell Metallic 90 (Silver). RLM 02 (Grey) Revell Matt 45 (Light Olive). RLM 04 (Yellow) Revell Matt 15 (Yellow). RLM 21 (White) Revell Matt 05 (White). RLM 22 (Black) Revell Matt 08 (Black). RLM 23 (Red) Revell Matt 36 (Carmine Red). RLM 24 (Blue) Revell Matt 56 (Blue). RLM 25 (Light Green) Revell Matt 48 (Sea Green). RLM 65 (Light Blue) Revell Matt 49 (Light Blue). RLM 66 (Dark Grey) Revell Matt 77 (Dust Grey). RLM 70 (Black Green) Revell Matt 40 (Black Green). RLM 71 (Dark Green) Revell Matt 39 (Dark Green). RLM 72 (Green) Revell Matt 39 + Revell Matt 15. RLM 73 (Green) Revell Matt 47 + Revell Matt 45. RLM 74 (Green Grey) Revell Matt 69 (Granite Grey). RLM 75 (Violet Grey) Revell Matt 47 (Mouse Grey). RLM 76 (Light Blue Grey) Revell Matt 49 (90%) + Revell Matt 05 (10%). RLM 77 (Light Grey) Revell Matt 77 (Light Grey). RLM 78 (Light Blue) Revell Matt 49 (Light Blue). RLM 79 (Sand Yellow) Revell Matt 17 (Sand Brown). RLM 80 (Olive Green) Revell Satin 361 (Olive Green). RLM 81 (Brown Violet) Revell Matt 46 (NATO Olive). RLM 82 (Light Green) Revell Matt 65 (Bronze Green). RLM 83 (Dark Green) Revell Matt 68 (RAF Green). RLM 84 (Green Blue) Revell Matt 59 (Duck Egg Blue/RAF Sky).
  19. First aircraft I built after coming back to scale modelling. It was brush painted with Revell acrylics 45/39/40/49 (RLM 02/71/70/65), the pattern masked with common masking tape and the paint ridges sanded down as best as I could with a 1000 grit sandpaper. Note: I currently have four models, this one, two Fw 190A-5s, and an A-4B/P, none of them with their seams filled. I´ll try to use CA for my fifth model. Edit: I forgot to add that I had to cut and trim the tailplanes struts because they were molded too long. The Academy kit looks the same as the Hasegawa Emil kits, I don´t know if the latter has the same issue (I´ll make a topic about that later).
  20. Sat thinking the other day, I've not done a kit review and build for ages because along with a quite a few of our like, I seem to have lost a bit of Mojo! Anyway, I saw this sat on the shelf and thought, why the hell not use your semi-interesting, A-Level journalistic training and do a bloody review... so here it is! Eduard 1/48 Avia B.534 III One of the last mass-produced biplane-fighters, the first of the type flew in August 1933 and an initial order of 100 units was placed by the Czech Army Air Force with deliveries taking place in late 1935. Main users, were the Czechs, Bulgaria and the Luftwaffe and in 1939 after the German occupation of Bohemia and Moravia, large numbers of B.534s were acquired by the Slovak Air Force and used against the Russians. Powered by a 850hp Hispano Suiza HS-12Y in-line engine, it had a max speed of 245mph, a range of 360 miles and a service ceiling of 35,00ft! The Kit Standard Eduard 'Weekend Edition' of no frills, no extras and minimal marking options. This cames with 2 sets of livery and I'll be doing the Luftwaffe version totally OOB build with no extras and what could be described as a 'quick build'. Four crisp sprues of grey plastic and one transparent greet you when opening the box and still one of the things that bugs me about Eduard kits is their insistence on sticking everything in one bag! Nice, clean decal sheet and finally an A5 sized instruction/construction manual. Theres plenty to be built before you have to think about paint, so the cockpit and fuselage sides were built up before being primed and painted in Vallejo Silver. Sub assemblies of the radiator and instrument panel were primed and painted and wings were also primed to check for any flaws. It's looking far too clean so tomorrow will be an oil wash on the tub and murk it up a bit. So although I only spent an hour or so on her today, progress seemed swift but I suppose that is the idea of the Weekend series kits!
  21. I can't quite tell from the pictures that I have found, but does anyone know, of the captured Luftwaffe or Swiss P-51B Mustangs (or even other a/c types for that matter), when they were repainted, would the original english stenciling / data have been left on and in any places where they were painted over, would they have been replaced in either Country's own language?
  22. I am getting near the painting stage for my Airfix 1:48 Canberra B.2, which I am going to finish as 99+35 as used by the Luftwaffe. Unfortunately I can't make up my mind which paint is the closest to the Orange that these aircraft were finished in - photos from the interweb vary from red-orange to orange-yellow! Humbrol 18 seems to be too dull, whereas Humbrol 209 looks to be too bright! Any advice, suggestions, recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Martin
  23. I was chatting on the forum after posting some pictures of a finished project when I was asked ‘What next?’ I explained that I wanted to do a detailed diorama based around the Revell 1/32 Fw 190 F-8 having been inspired by a diorama on the LSM forum by a gentleman with the on-screen name of Colt6, it’s well worth a look if you’re over that way and I thank him for the inspiration. The comment, 'I hope you're going to do a WIP?" is responsible for what follows! So, what am I planning; the title means ‘Brake over, back to work!’ or at least I hope it does as I used an online translator. It is based around a FW190 F-8 undergoing minor servicing in the field, the crew are taking a break and having a quick game of cards and are caught by the crew chief and pilot. The basic layout plan is this: The main elements will be: · The Revell 1/32 Fw 190 F-8 Kit augmented with: o Eduard Brassin Engine o Eduard Brassin Cockpit o Eduard Brassin MG131 guns o Eduard Brassin Wheels, prop and spinner. · Italeri’s 1/35 Kublewagen · Dragon’s 1/35 Kettenkrad · Verlinden Productions diorama accessories of: o The Luftwaffe Service Cart o The Luftwaffe Power Cart o The Luftwaffe Bomb Trolley · Various other diorama bits and pieces including MB and Verlinden Production figures as well as some scratch built stuff! I am breaking considerable areas of new ground with this diorama and my aim is to show how an average modeller copes (or not!) with something new and challenging. The aim being to encourage other modest modellers to ‘have a go’ and stretch themselves. I have started some elements of this build so I will catch them up in the relevant areas as per Forum instructions. I think this is probably enough for the first chunk though, I’ll be back here soon with the build of the VP elements listed above.
  24. Dear fellow Britmodellers, last weekend I took a long walk at Vienna's Central Cemetery, one of the largest in Europe. It holds a number of graves of interest for aviation historics, such as that of Franz Wels (Wels-Etrich Taube) or Franz Mannsbarth (designer of the first Austro-Hungarian airship). Also, Austria's most successful fighter pilots from both World Wars have been laid to rest here. First picture is at the grave of Godwin Brumowski, the most successful fighter ace of the Austro-Hungarian empire. He was credited with 40 victories (some sources say 35). He went on to become a flight instructor with Austrian Aero Club after the war. In June 1936, he got killed when an airplane piloted by one of his students crashed at Amsterdam-Shiphol airport. This is the grave of Walter Nowotny, Carrier Of The Golden Honor Ring of the city of Vienna, youngest Major in the Luftwaffe and commander of the very first operational jet squadron in history, credited with 258 aerial victories. He died November 8th, 1944, when his Me-262 crashed near Epe, Westaflia/Germany. The inscription reads: “Carrier of Oak Leaves with Swords and Brilliants to the Knight’s Cross, Eternal is his fatal fame”. May we never forget, never repeat history! With greetings from Vienna, Roman Schilhart
  25. May I present my rendition of the new tool Eduard 1/48 Fw190A-4. This kit has been built out of the box with only the addition of Master Mg FF gun barrels, a replacement pitot tube (hypodermic needle) & a few detail additions such as brake piping, some extra detail in wheel well. This is a truly superb kit and is an easy build especially in comparison to the older tool 190s of Eduards, the kit as seems to be on a par with the new tool 109s in supplying many spare parts for future variants, which will come in useful building Eduards old tool and other manufacturers 190s. This kit has rectified the accuracy problems of the previous 190s, the tail fin is now the correct width, cowling shape more accurate & correct width wheels (2 pairs). My only uncertainty is all the recessed rivet detail - overdone??? Being a kit builder of the old school and having probably sanded off thousands of rivets off kits over the years I may be a little bit biased about them!!! Anyway here she is:- This photo shows the effect of the rivets after painting:- The rivit detail has not been specifically 'washed' although a panel wash was applied sparingly to the engraved panel lines, judge for yourself whether the rivit detail is a bit much!! I did not use the kit decals as they were matt finished & I wasn't going to risk trying them on this model, a bit of a retrograde step by Eduard? For those interested the unusual camouflage scheme came from the small b/w photo above on the right, it is of a Fw190A-4 of 4./JG 2 White 14 inTunisia 1943. I was intrigued by the camouflage scheme which appears to be the standard fighter scheme of RLM 74/75/76 however the 74 has a mottle which appears to be RLM 79? A closer scrutiny of the photo seems to show the lighter colour on the port wing matches the mottle on the RLM 74 so possibly RLM79 ?? The lighter of the colours on the starboard wing is darker than the light colour on the port wing so that colour could be the original RLM 75??? As the fuselage cross is just plain black could it be when this photograph was taken the aircraft was being repainted with tropical colours?? I have included a photo of my model in b/w to try & justify my conclusions, judge for yourselves!! I highly recommend this kit & applaud Eduard for re-tooling their series of 1/48 Fw190s. Cheers Andy
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