Tamiya 1/48th Fw190A-3, JG26, 1942 ETO
The Fw-190 was a fearsome fighter in the hands of skillful pilots such as Josef “Pips” Priller. As Hptmn with JG26 in the summer of 1942 flying the A-3 variant of the 190. JG26 converted to the more capable Fw-190 replacing the 109’s in early 1942. The A-3 was more capable than the Spitfire MkVb then in service with the RAF. Hptmn Priller was commander of the 3rd Gruppe, flying out of the Wewelgem aerodrome in Belgium. 58 kills at the time this “Butcher Bird” is featured. Priller went on to add to his kill totals. Surviving the war, flew 307 combat missions with a tally of 101 confirmed kills. All in the western front. Priller stood at 5’4″ jovial and well liked by his men who served under him. Josef Priller died in 1961 to a heart attack.
The Tamiya kit is much easier to build compared to the Dragon/Trimaster series of Fw-190’s. Yet the detail is just as delicate and petite on the Tam kit just not as fiddly. The landing gear is also more accurate in the stance of the aircraft compared to the Dragon version. Using Eduards zoom set for the cockpit, Print Scale decal set #48-015 for Hptmn Priller’s A-3. Using Polly Scale (wish it was Polly S) acrylics for the RLM 74/75/76 for the standard scheme, with RLM 02 and 04 to complete the detail colors. Testor Black and Oily black was used for the Hubs and tires. Print Scale decals are not as easy to use as say Aeromaster, Super Scale as they tend to stick once you apply them, so I found that by adding a little dish wash detergent in the water it helped to float the decals in place before they settled down. Otherwise they are quite difficult to move around once they are on. Keep the surface very wet. Kit #61037, another nice straight forward kit to build of a WWII Luftwaffe fighter. Thanks for viewing.
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