AMtech 1:48 Focke-Wulf Ta183B-1
Subject: (Luft “46”- What If Subject)
Group Commanders AC: 9. /JG52 “Hartmann”, Spring 1946
According to recovered German documents following the War, the Focke-Wulf Ta 183 was designed to be a swept wing turbojet powered high-speed interceptor/fighter of metal and wooden construction. Its base Armament would have been four MK 108 30mm cannon mounted in the nose. In addition, different types of weapons could have been carried on hard points under the wings and an ordnance bay in the lower fuselage.
The basic model was built OOB. Additions where: Scratch built DF loop and Pitot tube, Hasegawa W.Gr21 rocket launchers, Eduard PE seat belts, Morane antenna and fuel latches, true details main wheels and panty hose elastic nylon for the antenna wire.
I used Model Master paints throughout; RLM 76 overall on the main fuselage and underside of the main wings tail and drop tank. Topside camouflage is a RLM83/81 for the upper wings surfaces and RLM 82/02 for the fuselage mottle. The kits one piece canopy was cut into two pieces allow an open cockpit view. An assortment of spare decals was used for the markings. Decals were applied on to a gloss coat of Future Floor Wax. I used PolyScale Acrylic Flat as the final dull coat. Weathering was kept to minimum- light oil/fuel staining on the fuselage and landing gear using a mix of oil based burnt umber and odorless turpenoid. The panel lines were highlighted with a finely sharpened drafting pencil and metal chipping was done with a sliver Primsa Color pencil.
This kit is nicely molded, has great fit and went together without fuss. It was a really fun project for me because I had no constraints as to historical color or markings.
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