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I am about to begin building Italeri's 1:72 FW 189 A-2. I was lucky enough to receive this kit for Christmas, having been keeping an eye on it on several online shops. I love the twin boom, and huge greenhouse effect cockpit of this aircraft, and in its winter distemper colour scheme of 'Heeres-Aufklarungsgruppe 32' it looks like a mean bit of kit. So let's look at what the kit has in store....

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As usual the box art is beautiful, and the instruction booklet is detailed and clear, has the option of 4 colour schemes and decals suit your choice of build.

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There are 3 grey sprues, which appear free from flash, and have a nice amount of detailing, with panel lines that are not too deep.

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Then there are four clear pieces, these are going to take quite a lot of attention and time to mask up properly (but should be worth it in the end).

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This is going to be a straight from the box build, with landing gear down. I have decided to build the scheme of FW 189 A-2, Heeres-Aufklarungsgruppe 32 based in Finland, 1943. This is the aircraft pictured on the box art, and I have chosen that scheme firstly because it looks stunning, and secondly because I want to test my skills airbrushing the winter paintwork. I only hope I can come close to doing it justice.

 

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I'm in for that one. Always liked that type and built the Airfix one as a kid. Nice one for its time. I guess the Italeri one is the MPM kit. So short run with no location pins. You have to be careful with the wings/booms joints. The canopy is very clear; so maybe some interior additions? The greenhouse would show it all. For the wintercamo maybe the hairspray method? Keen to see, how this goes together. I have one in my stash and very unsure of doing one again (Only restoring old die casts now due to space limits and some other nostalgic reasons.) Cheers

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I'll take a seat for this if I may, will be interested to see how you do the white wash scheme!

 

  Roger

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Since my first post I have begun work on the FW 189, firstly washing the sprues and giving them a coat of Vallejo primer. I then began work on the cockpit and interior sections of the aircraft, giving the interior of the fuselage, floor plan, seats and instrument panel a coat of RLM 2. Once this had dried I built up the flight deck, and began adding fine details by hand, before applying the decals to the seats and cockpit.

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While this dried I began masking the canopy and glass sections. I had already dipped them in Quickshine, and with a new blade painstakingly masked each little section. I have found some great hairspray technique tutorials on YouTube, and am very keen to use this on the winter distemper paintwork (I will copy a link at the end of this post), so have built up an old spare kit to use for practice. 

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I have to say I'm loving the detail on this kit and so far it's been great to work on. https

 

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Hi Michelle,

a really special plane you have chosen to build. I do not know this kit, but it should put the old Airfix to pasture.

The thing with winter distemper, is that so often it was applied on the plane using a brush, a cloth, even a broom or whatever else was available. Fairly seldom an airbrush!

So I wonder if a flat paint brush would not be more appropriate, rather than an airbrush giving a nice, smooth finish, with or without hairspray.

OK, I am just being a pain. Carry on with the airbrush and the airspray! This is a great occasion to learn a new technique....

 

Have fun!

JR.

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Hi again Michelle,

 

did I see a Yak 38, or did I dream it?

JR

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44 minutes ago, jean said:

Hi again Michelle,

 

did I see a Yak 38, or did I dream it?

JR

You did indeed see a Yak 38.......I'm using it to practice my winter distemper, it's from an old kit I picked up for pennies online. Great idea about brushing on the whitewash, like you say it was often applied hastily and not as smooth as an airbrush.

Thanks,

Michelle.

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Yes I would also recommending a brush and none too carefully.  Also unless you are depicting a freshly whitewashed airframe don’t use white but a very, very pale grey, I find the white to be too stark and clean.

 

AW

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Since my last post I have been concentrating on building the fuselage, firstly securing the clear top section and turret. This fitted well and was painless. I the secured the section over the rear gunner, this didn't fit so well and took some Sanding and pressure to make it fit smoothly.

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I then fitted the rear gunner and finally the (pointy end) rear cone section, and nose of the aircraft. Both went on well and with some filler, the canopy fits perfectly. 

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Quick build update. Half term means opportunities to sneak extra building time I to the day! With the fuselage built, I began work on the wings, gluing the halves together. Setting the wings to one side I started work on the twin tail booms.

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After a few dry fits I finally glues the tail sections together, and left them to dry.

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I returned to them later and began sanding down the seams, then filling the seam with Mr.Surfacer 1000. This sequence was repeated many times, untill I was happy(ISH).

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While the glue was setting on all these pieces, I began experimenting with the hairspray technique. First off I airbrushed the entire Yak RLM 83 (dark green)

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when this was completely dry I gave it 2 coats of hairspray (I recommend wearing a mask to do this, as it is very strong). Once this was dry I loaded my airbrush with some Vallejo white (I thought I would try using the airbrush first), and roughly sprayed the wings. I then got some warm water, paint brushes, and began brushing away areas of white.

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Low and behold it works! I now think I need to experiment with hand painting the white on to the build, using coarser bristled brushes and generally refining my skill.......that said, it worked! Last job tonight was attaching the wings and tail to the fuselage. This is a great kit, however, I'm none too keen on the way the wings attach to the body of the aircraft. They are now in place, but some filler will definitely be needed.

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It is nice to finally see the aircraft come together and look menacing and ready for business.

 

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Very nice progress looking like a Fw189 now.

Like your effects with the hairspray on your paint mule. Will be watching to see how it all turns out on the model, do keep in mind that at 1/72 scale you would not be able to see paint brush marks in the paint.

 

   Roger 

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