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Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-4

by Chris Wauchop

 

Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-4

 

text and images by Brett Green

 


Dragon's 1/48 scale Fw 190A-4 is available online from Squadron.com

 

Description

 

This is the Hasegawa boxing of Dragon's 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-4. This models is very accurate in outline and beautifully detailed but shares many of the problems with the other Dragon Fw 190A kits.

 

 

Construction

 

The biggest problems are associated with the fit of the nose. After forcing the pieces into place, they collapsed back into the six component pieces when put under pressure while drying. The fit at the wing root is also dreadful, although a spreader bar inside the fuselage might have improved this area.

The fit of the gear legs is indistinct, and alignment is difficult. Check your references carefully to ensure the correct forward angle and tow-in of the gear legs. The inner gear doors were almost always closed when the early Fw 190As were on the ground. This was easy to achieve. The tail wheel strut seems to be too long and was altered to a more suitable height.

 

 

The etched steel metal headrest was also difficult to position correctly.

Additional work included:

  • Medallion cockpit and wheels

  • Cutting Edge details for correct gun panels etc.

  • Exhausts hollowed out

  • Brake lines from fusewire

 

 

Painting and Decals

 

The model was painted using Gunze acrylics. The standard grey day fighter scheme was applied first, which was then oversprayed with white. The white overspray was actually a mixture of Tamiya Gloss and Flat whites. The entire finish was sprayed using the Tetsors Aztek airbrush.

The kit decals were used. Aeromaster decals were available for this project but the heart emblem was inaccurate and chevron.

 

 

Reference

 

The main reference was Schiffer's "Luftwaffe Planes of the Fighter Aces".

 

 

Additional Images

 

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Model by Chris Wauchop
Images and Text Copyright 2001 by Brett Green
Page Created 25 November, 2001
Last Updated 25 November, 2001

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