1/72 Special Hobby Fw 187A-0
This is my first completed build of 2018, and my first submission to iModeler. It’s also the first 1/72 scale model I’ve tackled since I was 14 yrs old. And tackle it I did with Special Hobby’s Fw 187, released in 2003.
I built it straight out of the box except for a set of Eduard seat belts plus several necessary carving modifications and some scratch building- particularly the poorly thought out landing gear. Not an easy build by any means, this little Fw 187 ends up quite a gem of an obscure Luftwaffe fighter and a good looker, as long as you don’t mess up on the way to the tarmac.
The instructions are vague at best, like the Classic Airframes and MPM/Special Hobby kits of years ago. Surprisingly the fuselage and wing fit was very good considering the lack of locator pins and soft molding. There’s a fair amount of guesstimating where the parts go – particularly in the cockpit and landing gear dept. so check the fit several times before gluing. Included is a not so great, brittle styrene canopy – your only choice. A section of it splintered on me. The decals…well, neither of us liked each other – and I had to raid my decal dungeon so the markings are not accurate. I used various acrylics and the basic RLM 65/71/70 combo and applied very little weathering.
Fortunately there are a surprisingly amount of Fw 187 online reference photos to save the day, but good luck finding the kit. I’ve been staring at mine in my stash since 2006 before I finally dived into it this New Years Day 2018. Even back then I had a hard time finding this kit and personally searched several hobby shops in Europe to no avail before finally scoring it online here in the states.
Only 9 Focke Wulf Fw 187’s saw service in the Luftwaffe. For me, the plane is one of Dr. Kurt Tank’s most attractive designs and it sure looks good in 1/72 scale.
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