Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-4
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1/48 scale Fw 190A-4 is
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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.
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
Additional work included:
Medallion cockpit and wheels
Cutting Edge details for correct
gun panels etc.
Exhausts hollowed out
Brake lines from fusewire
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.
The main reference was Schiffer's "Luftwaffe Planes of the
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Model by Chris Wauchop
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Page Created 25 November, 2001
Last Updated 25 November, 2001
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