Heinz Bär’s Red 23 in 1/48 scale
This was the aircraft he was flying when he made his 200th kill on 22 Apr 1944, a B-24 named Flak Magnet. This Fw190 A7 was his backup plane as his main mount at the time, was usually Red 13.
This Monogram kit is from the mid 90’s and is a remake of their 1969 kit (ie, copyright mark on the inside of the bottom wing). For the 60’s, it was one of the best and most accurate plastic kits around. By today’s standard though, it left some things to be desired. I spent about half the build time “engineering” and crafting the wheel wells and wing cannon breeches, as they were just holes cut out in the bottom wing structure. Being an old kit, all panel lines and rivets were raised and needless to say, the decals were a bit brittle. Still, this is a nice kit and went together well with only a little putty needed on bottom of the wing/fuselage joint.
It was finished with Vallejo Air and Tamiya paints and decals over Future. I used the brittle kit decals (which actually helped with the weathering) and the spinner spiral and stencils from a Microscale Fw190 sheet. Weathering was a simple light wash, followed by pastels, and detail highlights with colored pencils. This is my fifth build since returning to the hobby after a 35 year layoff. Next up, Erich Hartmann’s Bf109 G-14, using a 70’s Fujimi 1/48 kit I’ve had for years with a little kit bashing from spare parts from my Eduard Bf 109F Royal Combo kit.
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