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Quick start on a long thread! I have in the stash a number of fw200 condors. The first was from a local shop which I acquired back in 2007ish! I started to hand paint it but gave up on the interior parts! This thing predates my acquiring an airbrush! It's been sitting for a while........ then i "saw" the newer boxing c4 bomber kit, I went home with that.....finally I found a trumpeter c3 on half price. Yeah, I got that too. My plan is to build dönitz personal aircraft, but the info seems confusing/misleading, I have the of decal set for it. I will need some more bits and a load of hacking to complete this build. It needs more windows, more seats, less bomb bay and a couple of turrets, or just one? Depending on where you find the profiles. The trumpeter box will represent the longer range conversion trials aircraft, or one of them. The third kit, well, that's still wrapped up nicely......for now. I will post some pics, but I need to shoot them first. I have the kagero book fw200, winkle browns wings of the Luftwaffe, something from osprey, another periodical and some internet references. I am going to need help, especially with scratch building..... For me this will be an epic conquest.
The Man, This is not my image. Josef Pips Priller was born on 27 July 1915 at Ingolstadt in Bayern. In 1935, Fahnenjunker Priller was serving in Infanterieregiment 19. Oberfähnrich Priller transferred to the Luftwaffe and began his flying training at Salzwedel in October 1936. On 1 April 1937, Leutnant Priller was posted to I./JG 135. In November 1938 the unit was redesignated I./JG 233 and again on 1 May 1939 to I./JG 51. In July 1939, he was serving with I./JG 71 which was to be redesignated II./JG 51 in October 1939. On 1 October 1939, Priller was appointed Staffelkapitän of 6./JG 51. He gained his first victories on 28 May 1940 over Dunkirk in aerial combat with RAF fighters. He claimed six victories during the French campaign, including his 6th on 25 June, when he shot down a RAF Spitfire fighter near Desvres. By the end of August his victory total stood at 15. On 17 October, Oberleutnant Priller claimed his 20th victory resulting in the award of the Ritterkreuz on 19 October. He claimed at least fourteen victories in the Battle of Britain. On 20 November 1940, Priller was transferred as Staffelkapitän to 1./JG 26, succeeding Oberleutnant Eberhard Henrici (7 victories) who had been lost in aerial combat over the Channel three days previously. Despite much combat with the British, Priller was unable to add to his score before the end of the year. That winter, JG 26 was withdrawn from the Channel front back to Germany for a rest. On his return to the Channel Priller enjoyed a remarkable run of victories between 16 June and 11 July 1941 shooting down 19 RAF aircraft, including 17 Spitfire fighters, to bring his victory total to 39. On 14 July, Priller shot down his 40th victim. He was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 28) on 19 October for 41 victories. Hauptmann Priller became Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 26 on 6 December 1941. By the end of 1941 Prillers score stood at 58. He recorded his 60th victory on 27 March 1942 and his 70th victory on 5 May. By the end of 1942 Priller had 81 confirmed victories to his tally. On 11 January 1943, Priller became Kommodore of JG 26, replacing Major Gerhard Schöpfel (45 victories, RK) who was taking up a staff role. He was awarded the Schwertern (Nr 73) on 2 July 1944. Oberstleutnant Priller brought up his 100th victory on 18 July 1944 when he brought down a USAAF B-24 four-engine bomber. On 1 January 1945, Priller led JG 26 and III./JG 54 in the attack on the Allied airfields, codenamed Operation Bodenplatte, at Brussels-Evére and Brussels-Grimbergen. On 28 January, Priller was appointed Inspekteur der Jagdflieger Ost, a position that required he cease operational flying and which he held until the end of the war. Post-war Pips Priller managed the family brewery business. He died on 20 May 1961 at Böbing in Oberbayern following a heart attack. Josef Pips Priller flew 1,307 combat missions to achieve 101 victories. All his victories were recorded over the Western Front and include 11 four-engine bombers. He was the most succesful pilot in battles with Spitfires claiming at least 68 of them. The machine, (Link to WIP) http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234966349-harrier-hiatus-airfix-fw-190typhoon-1b-dogfight-doubles/
Focke-Wulf FW190A-8 Airfix 1:72 Designed in the late 30’s, the 190 was a product of experience. Kurt Tank wanted much more than just a high speed machine, he wanted something that would prove reliable in the field, not just in the air, but on the ground. Unlike the top performers of the day, namely the 109 and Spitfire, the 190 had a wide track undercarriage to improve ground handling. It also utilised electric controls over hydraulic to reduce the risk of system loss in combat and the design enabled minimum use of trim adjustment throughout its flight envelope. The 190 deviated from the norm in comparison with the mentioned thoroughbreds above in that it used a 14 cylinder radial engine with a clever NACA cowling system to allow a low drag profile for such a powerful engine. Despite early teething problems, it first entered operational service over France in August 1941. Needless to say, it created a huge shock for the RAF whose Spitfire Mk.V with its 1440hp Merlin, the best available at the time was outclassed by its firepower and all round performance, particularly at lower and medium altitudes. The Fw190A-8 was quite a latecomer to the party going into service in 1944. As well as the enhancements throughout the 190’s mid war evolution, it featured improvements such as extra fuel, improved armour and nearly 2000hp output with emergency boost. In just 14 months, more than 6,600 A-8’s were produced, the most widely produced variant of them all and was still in production at the wars end. The kit The latest releases by Airfix have proven very popular and this one continues that trend. It is however not the first 190A-8 on the market, there was/are several already out including Heller, Revell, Hasegawa and Academy. Whilst the Academy and Heller kits aren’t as well regarded (based on reviews I've read), the Revell and Hasegawa kits are rather nice. Given that Hasegawa kits are usually much more expensive, the Revell kit has to be the nearest rival for the new Airfix offering and are currently going for similar prices online. The kit comes in the striking new format of a gloss finish red box with digital image of the aircraft in combat. On opening the box from the end, you’re presented with the bag containing 3 light grey sprues and one clear one. First impressions are of some very nice moulding, recessed panel lines which are more reserved than some of their other recent releases are an obvious inspection point. They are however more pronounced than the Hasegawa kit which are very refined, but in my opinion, not over the top. There is virtually no flash and I can't see any sink marks. Instructions are in the form on an A4 booklet with large clear diagrams, ideal for beginners and young children...and people like me who have worn their eyes out staring at small bits of plastic!!! Construction is very similar to the other kits on the market, starting with the cockpit. The tub is very nicely detailed with switch and panel detail on the side walls and rear combing. There’s also a small but adequate amount of detail on the inner fuselage walls too. A control column and rudder pedals add further busyness in the pit. The only thing I don’t like is that the main panel is void of any detail, the dials are supplied in decal format only, however I guess that is personal choice. A clever addition is a single part that goes between the two fuselage halves that protrude through to form the exhausts. I’ve heard of some fit issues on build reviews, so I’d recommend plenty of dry fitting before gluing the two halves together. I’ve heard of someone gluing the two halves together first then fitting the cockpit assembly from underneath afterwards, so this is an option to consider. The upper cowls including the nose machine guns fit into place. An error I’ve read of on Britmodeller is that the forwards upper panel actually protrudes over the nose ring rather than butting up against it as in the kit, so if you desire, filling the natural line and rescribing a new one is a possibility although quite fiddly I would expect. A separate rudder and the tail panes slot into place quite simply next before moving on to the wings. Surface detail on the wings look very good, the only thing that stands out is an overly thick trailing edge on the flaps which looks unnecessary. I will prefer to do what I can to thin this down, but I know from a build here on Britmodeller this can pose a few issues with how the sanded wing meets the root. Another little criticism is that you have to install the protruding wing guns before joining the top and bottom wings up. Whether you’re an adult with sausage fingers or a child with busy ones, I suspect that keeping all these on until the end will be quite a challenge! The gear bays are superb. I’m impressed with how the detail has been moulded into the upper wings without leading to any sink marks in the exterior surface. There’s a choice of either raised or lowered undercarriage and again, this is where clever design work has helped. The legs and wheels, whilst not the best I’ve seen in finesse, are pretty good, but I really like the retracted option that has completely separate parts. A retracted tail wheel option is also included The engine and nose ring fit simply to the front of the fuselage, but the sprue attachment points are quite chunky and in awkward locations. If care isn’t taken removing the ring from the sprue, it will be easy to damage quite a prominent part of the kit. The same goes with the fan part that sits behind the engine. If you’re planning to build this kit with quite young children (as I am), I’d recommend that you cut these from the sprues for them. Two canopies are provided, the earlier more angular version and the blown one that was introduced during the A-8 series. The instructions only indicate fitting of the earlier type, but the later part is there if you need it. One of my pet hates with older Airfix kits is the poor clear parts, but these are excellent with a separate windscreen if you prefer to have it in the open position. The Decals A single scheme decal sheet is provided in the pack. The quality based on appearance is superb. Incredibly fine and in excellent register, which given the thin red / yellow snakes along the fuselage sides is quite critical. There’s plenty of fine stencils/placards and of course the cockpit panel too. Unfortunately, the sheet doesn’t provide the tail Swastika’s, although I do understand why. The livery supplied is an aircraft of Jagdgruppe 10 based at Pachim, Germany 1944 employed in the testing of armament and tactics involved in fending off Allied bombers: Conclusions There are a few tricky bits to deal with as mentioned above, but at the price these are retailing at, I believe that Airfix are getting back to their roots in a 21st century style. Whilst I don’t have 1/72 plans to compare the kit against, on appearance, the shape and detail is very good is good and the kit has the scope to satisfy experienced modellers who like this subject in 1/72 scale as well as beginners taking their first dip into modelling. Perhaps providing a couple of decal schemes would have been a welcome option. That said, due to the deliberate omission of the Swastika’s, the purists may go down the aftermarket route anyway, or at least raid the spares box. Thanks to the people who have already delved into making this kit and who's feedback I've included in the review. Review sample courtesy of