Tamiya 1:48 Focke-Wulf 190F-8
Fw 190F-8 “W-521” of Hungarian 102/2 Squadron Close Support Group, 1945
Brief History: (Ref.: Tally Ho! decal sheet 4110)
The Hungarian 102 Dive Bomber Group was formed in 1942 equipped with Ju-87s, and throughout 1943 -44 operated alongside Luftwaffe units in Southern Russia. By August 1944 the 102/2.Dive Bomber Sqn. had lost most of their Ju-87D’s in combat and was withdrawn to Börgönd to re-equip with the Fw-190F-8 as 102/1. Fighter Bomber Sqn. with 18 Fw 190’s taken on strength coded W-501-518. Their first operations were flown on 16 November 1944. Through the last winter of the war the unit flew alongside Luftwaffe Fw 190Fs of SG2. On 12 Oct the Hungarian Stukas of the sister Sqn., 102/2 Dive Bomber Sqn. were destroyed in an American attack of Börgönd, and personnel was then sent to the Wroclaw to begin training on Fw 190Fs. This Unit became 102/2. Close Support Group and commenced operations on 18 January 1945 commanded by Capt. G. Lévay. The Group continued flying against advancing Soviet forces until the final days of the war.
This model was built OOB with the additions of Verlinden resin centerline bomb rack and SC 50 bombs, Eduard PE seat belts and panty hose elastic nylon for the antennae wire.
I used Model Master and AeroMaster paints throughout; RLM 76 on the underside and drop tank and RLM 75/82 for the upper camo and mottle. AeroMaster decals and color reference from sheet 48-221 were used. Decals were applied on to a gloss coat of Future Floor Wax. I used PolyScale Acrylic Flat with a couple of drops of Acrylic Floquil rail road dust as the final dull coat. Weathering was left to a minimum-I added some light oil staining on the fuselage and landing gear using my usual mix of oil base burnt umber and odorless turpenoid. The panel lines were highlighted with a finely sharpened 0.5mm soft lead drafting pencil. Chipping was done with a sliver Primsa Color pencil.
As for most recent Tamiya kits, this went together pain free and was, for me, a really fun project of one of WWII’s most versatile aircraft in a different skin.
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