Hasegawa Fw 190 A-5: giving a long time shelf queen new robes
Few months ago I purchased a decal sheet from a new company named Exito Decals, simply because it had a trio of nice, never before presented in decal form (as far as I know) FW.190s. One of them, Yellow 5, was a one of a kind eastern front war machine. Why? For 2 reasons: reading the instructions tells us that this was probably the only 190 with victory bars displayed. The other, not stated in the instruction booklet, is that it is one of the few Channel based JG.26, rotated to Russia. This might explain why the victory bars are visible and sure explains the “flag combat tour” below the cockpit (Holland, Belgium, France, UK and one unknown to me. All this proofs that the plane belonged to a seasoned, experienced pilot (Fw. Karl “Charley” Willius). Sometime during the transfer flight route, the plane was repainted in a fairly typical summer dressing for east front fighters, the 2 tone greens over standard blue 76. Now If you look at the insides of the upper wing crosses, the original 74/75 western front Day freighter scheme is still visible.
This is the early 2000 Hasegawa kit box for the A-5 version, and I begin building a few years ago, poised to build the famous Herman Graff Red Tulip. However the build stalled, the mojo died, and there it stood, in the shelf until early this year when the decal sheet was in my mail box. You can see some photos of the plane before I decided to strip all the paint and decals to begin building it as Yellow 5 here : https://imodeler.com/groups/work-in-progress-aircraft/forum/topic/re-thinking-an-old-hangar-queen/
The decals performed very well with no bad reaction to Micro Sol. Painted in a 70/62 over 76, free hand, with Gunze and Real colours. The kit itself, though not as detailed as the new Eduard 190, builds easily and as the correct forms in my opinion. For a 20 year mould, it still holds as a beautiful model. This was a fun project with a few learning points, and that is what satisfies any modeler, right? Thanks for watching!
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