Monogram 1/48 Focke Wulf 190A-2…
This is a model I built quite some time ago, but I thought I would throw it into the iModeler brewing pot in case it might interest a couple of folks. But, it is not a P-40! It’s from the old Monogram FW 190A-7 (?) kit that could be built in several versions a la Monogram. I chose to take that a step further by converting it into an early “short nose” A-2. This involved cutting a section out of the front of the fuselage, just behind the engine cowling, and re joining the cowling to the fuselage. Also the early 190s featured inner landing gear doors which I added. The model represents “Red 17”, an aircraft of JG 2 “Richtofen” in France, circa 1942.
I tend to like the early versions of aircraft. That’s why I like the early Spitfires, with the 8 gun wing, but then I also like the later Griffon engine versions, but not so much the marks in between. Anyway, I like the look of these early short nose 190s, with the antenna going into the top of the fin, without a post. And the inner gear doors kind of finish it off with a bit more class.
Reference for this model was from Volume 1 of the 2 volume monograph by Kookaburra in Australia, by Geoffrey Pentland and Anthony Shennan. The specific machine was featured in a color 3 view on the back cover (photo attached). Don’t ask me why, but for some reason I included the outer wing guns from the kit, even though the art doesn’t show this a/c as having them. Probably due to some other reference I had (maybe the Arco book by Gordon Swanborough and William Green), and misinterpreted! Anyway, too late now, it’s water under the bridge.
Paints were undoubtedly Pactra enamels, and I think this was one of my first forays into airbrushing. I used Pactra paints thinned with lacquer thinner (what a great smell, until it kills you!) for a good many years before changing to acrylics.
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