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Hasegawa 1/32 Focke-Wulf FW 190A-7...

July 20, 2014 · in Aviation · · 13 · 4.5K

This is the old original FW 190A of many years ago, but I decided to post it in spite of its age. I seem to have read that it is still considered a pretty good kit, not completely out of the running against the more up to date (and hugely more expensive) offerings today.

The model depicts (at least I thought it did at the time!) the Focke Wulf FW 190A-7/R3 of Major Heinz Bar, Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 1, in April 1944. References included the old Aero book by Eberhard Weber and Uwe Feist, the Aircraft Profile No. 3 by Martin Windrow, the Arco book ”The Focke-Wulf ” by Gordon Swanborough and William Green, the Arco-Aircam book “Focke-Wulf FW 190A/F/G Luftwaffe”, and the Osprey book “Focke-Wulf FW 190 Aces of the Western Front” by John Weal (though this more recent book has a profile for what looks like this aircraft that seems to differ somewhat in its markings with what I did based on the earlier books, also looks like lower engine cowling was yellow, not red).

As if that wasn't enough, Weal's book also says Bar's machine had the outer wing cannons removed! Oh well, I did it based on references I had at the time. “Sufficient unto the day ...”, or something like that!

Decals as I remember were from the kit. Paints were probably Pactra enamels, which I used pretty much exclusively until I changed over to Gunze Sangyo acrylics. Now Gunze is not easy to get, and I am trying to convert to Tamiya.

I am a great fan of the 190, and hope to do some more of them. Hopefully my next effort will benefit from better (or more recent) research, and I guess a more recent kit!

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  1. Very nice work Robert, I also like this old Hasegawa kit, arguably still one of the best 1/32 Fw190 A's available? Looking at your model, Interesting the Fw190A still had fabric ailerons considering distortion problems at high speed, as was the case with the Spitfire. Surely the 190D had metal ailerons? I will have to check that out.

    • James, I believe the early F4U Corsair had some fabric covered flying/control surfaces as well. It is hard to believe these high performance machines would still be using them!

  2. Hi Robert, good work on an old kit, this type of aircraft is one of the best
    looking fighters of WWII ( my believe ). No idea about the fabric.
    Red 23 is the plane, in which Bär scored his 200 kill on 22 April 1944.
    The aircraft was fitted with a broad prob blades made from wood and was
    his reserve aircraft.
    All the Best

  3. Great job. I like the weathering!

  4. Nice looking Fw Robert. I agree completely with your remarks about references available at the time the model was built.

  5. Great paint work on this one Robert.
    Has that good overall look.

  6. Exceptional work,'ve done the "old bird" proud - I really like it. Nice work on the other side of the camera as well.

  7. just beautiful

  8. I agree about the 190 being one of best looking aircraft in WWII, and this model is also one of the best, great finish on this.

  9. Thanks to all for your nice comments. I still have another of these 190 kits in the closet, and will try to pick another good color scheme. It really is a great looking aircraft.

  10. Bob,
    Another of your outstanding builds.

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