Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-3
by Dr Hilton de Mello e Oliveira
I started out building military models.
When I began building airplane models about seven years ago, I saw a very nice diorama called "Verlinden Luftwaffe Environment". I searched for a Verlinden product with that name in every catalogue I could lay my hands on but found nothing.
I therefore decided to recreate the scene myself. It was a maintenance area, with an anti-aircraft gun at its edge. Some figures, accessories and two airfield carts also added to the busy scene. All of these extras were from Verlinden.
I had already bought a Trimaster FW 190 F-8 kit and a Verlinden Super Detail set for the Fw 190 - I was in a Verlinden phase of my modelling career! When this kit was almost finished, Tamiya released their 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190 F-8 with the option of a Mediterranean camouflage. This option showed the wing crosses and tail band over painted. I painted the model in these colours and used the Tamiya decals.
I built the diorama myself using a base of dental plaster. I added natural balsa wood on top of the base for the plank hardstand, and various vegetation from Woodland Scenics brand (designed for railway models).
The AA gun is Verlinden, while the figures are Verlinden and Monogram. (When I took the photos I realise that I have to improve my figure painting skill... The figures are ugly).
I was very happy with the diorama. Everywhere I took it, I got an award!
The diorama was destroyed in the long trip home from the last contest I took it to (in Rio de Janeiro) about one and a half years ago. I rebuilt it with a Tamiya Fw 190A-3 for a contest in Rio Claro (near Campinas, my home town) There I won a Tamiya award, the last before the attached pictures were taken. After the photos I decided rebuilt it again with the original figures and plane. As soon as I finish this rebuilding job I will take more photos and it will appear on HyperScale.
These photos are from the rebuilt diorama, with the Tamiya Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-3.
Tamiya item # 61037 Fw 190 A-3 8./JG2, France 1942.
Built almost out-of-the-box, with True Details wheels and PE harnesses.
Gunze-Sangyo acrylics, the most similar to the reference photos I could. The reference draw in the kit's instructions is very acurate, according to the photos in Squadron in action.
From the box. Please note the werknummer (2_181) on the tail, as in the photos.
Tamiya's 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-3 was a very nice kit and easy to build. All parts went together without problems with no filling needed, only a little sanding.
Painting the camouflage was a real pleasure. I'd recommend the kit to anyone.
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Model, Text and Photographs Copyright ©
2000 by Dr Hilton de Mello e Oliveira