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Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8

by Glenn Irvine


Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8
7/JG 300, Alternberg, Germany, 1945.

Glenn Irvine builds and details Hasegawa's new-tool 1/72 scale Butcher Bird in this short photo-feature:


  D e s c r i p t i o n

This model represents the aircraft depicted in a colour photo in Kookaburra’s "Luftwaffe Painting Guide" and, as such, differs a little from existing colour profiles & decal sheets. This is based on conversations with Richard P. Lutz, in whose collection the original transparency is located.

The main difference is the yellow undercowl that has been missed from earlier interpretations.



It was built from the Hasegawa 1/72 scale "new tool" kit with many super detail & scratch built modifications.



  • scratchbuilt cockpit
  • scratchbuilt undercarriage bays
  • detailed oleo struts
  • brakelines added
  • exhaust stubs scratchbuilt
  • cooling louvres thinned & hollowed out
  • vacformed canopy made
  • headrest framework scratchbuilt
  • instrument coaming scratchbuilt
  • flaps added from modified Eduard parts
  • tailwheel well hollowed out
  • droptank & rack detailed
  • propeller blades thinned to scale thickness
  • engine fan blades thinned to shape
  • aerials scratchbuilt
  • wing gun barrels &pitot tube from steel tubing
  • formation lights added


  P a i n t i n g    &    D e c a l s

Paint was mainly Aeromaster enamels and decals came from various sources. The tail bands were sprayed. In retrospect I should have made the blue lighter, more faded.

Weathering consisted of washing the panel lines with watercolour: exhaust stains: paint chipping; and drybrushing the airframe (by the way the Aeromaster clear flat enamel is not very good for this, as the paint seems to have a waxy texture with little ‘tooth’ and dry brushing seems to polish it more than apply paint.) Final weathering was achieved with pastels and Gunze ‘oil’.




 A d d i t i o n a l   I m a g e s

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Model, Photographs and Article Text Copyright 1999 by Glenn Irvine
Original Page Created 28 May 1999
Last updated 26 July 2007


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