Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8
by Dr Hilton de Mello e Oliveira
Tamiya's 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190 F-8 (ref 61039) can be easily modified to the A-8 version.
I built the Tamya kit almost out-of-the-box, adding only True Details wheels and photo-etched seat-belts. As with all the Tamiya kits I have built, it was very pleasant with no real construction problems.
I wanted to depict "Pips" Priller's famous Wurger, "Black 13 - + -", at the time of his appearance over Normandy in June 1944.
His aircraft was the light armament version of the Fw 190A-8, so some minor modifications were necessary. The only tricky job was to build the rack for the fuel tank.
I used the Trimaster rack, and placed it according to the Trimaster instructions. It is a very delicate rack - a little difficult to accurately align. Also it was attached a little to the rear of the regular position of the rack.
The other modifications is that the outer wing MG 151/20 need to be removed. The canopy was the early flat type.
I used Gunze-Sangyo acrylics according to the Trimaster instructions. The camouflage is RLM 75 and 70, under surfaces RLM 76.
I used Trimaster decals for Priller's markings.
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