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Dmitry Stropalov
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Fw-190Aa-3 in Turkish service (Zvezda 1/72)

May 29, 2019 · in Aviation · · 27 Comments

Fw-190Aa-3 of Turkish Air Force (additional "a" means ausländisch). received up to 100 airplanes in 1942-43 as a result of a barter deal. Fw-190 were in service till the 1950, being the last German fighter used by TAF.

It's a "easy assembly" Fw-190A-4 snap kit converted into A-3 version. Turkish version had no 20mm MG 151/20 cannons, so I've removed it also. I was using custom masks for national insignia and numbers, rest of the stencils – kit decals.

Camouflage pattern painted freehand using new AK Real Colors paints. Also, I've tried black basing and marbling instead of pre-shading. Weathered with oils and pigments.

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  1. Beautiful and interesting color scheme.
    I did not know that Germany exported their Fw-190s.
    Therefore Spitfires and Fw-190s flew together as friends... in the Turkish Air Force!

  2. Beautiful work as always, glad to provide my address if you have another one of those lighters - 🙂 🙂

  3. Beautiful model, especially for the scale. Love the paint work on it. Well done.

  4. Nice Job. The paint scheme is different from the norm for FW-190's. Love seeing the different paint schemes.

  5. VERY well done! It's interesting to see these airplanes "dressed" in different schemes - compared to WWII German

  6. Great job on the Focke Wulf and nice to see some different markings!


  7. Very sharp work Dmitry. The camo scheme is outstanding!

  8. Beautiful work, Dmitry. Have you thought about building a Japanese 190?

  9. Fw-190A-3s surviving into the 1950s? Wouldn't it be nice if they hadn't all ended on the scrap heap and reduced to aluminum ingots.

    This is a beautiful model!

    • @tcinla Thanks Tom! Unfortunately looks like none of them survived.

    • Here they are... ?

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  10. Nice work Dmitry... I'm working on mine. I choosed Tamiya A3 kit and it needs the same modifications too (removing the inner wing guns). Are you sure about the color of the numbers? I thought they were all black.

    • @cetinsarf Thanks Çetin! Regarding numbers – for sure, only the color photo would be a real proof. My assumption is based on two things. First, on b&w photos, especially on old ones, red color usually represented with a very dark shade, so dark things could be both black or red. Second thing is the photo of this particular aircraft – the shade of the numbers are very similar to a rudder color (which is definitely red) and from the other hand it differs from the color of propeller blades (which is definitely black).

  11. You may be right Dmitry. My only concern in this regard is that I have never seen any Turkish aircraft model of this period made using red numbers. I think this is your reference photo.

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  12. Hello Dmitry & Çetin

    I believe similar to Çetin that all TuAF Fw 190s were with black numerals. Spinners were painted differently in some moment but in the beginning, those were black too.

    Few questions... Are you sure that:

    • lower cowling was yellow?
    • there were national markings on the top of the wings?
    • that covers of the inner wing guns were as on A-3 and not as on A-1 or completely absent from the wing-roots?

    Oh, Also, colors could be that early camouflage that people believe was never used on Fw 190s... 02/71 but I am not 100% sure there 🙂
    I know there are few profiles around of "RED 41" circulating around but maybe we should not believe the profiles too much!?

    On the photo of "39" below digits really look brighter than the rest of the markings! Are they black or not? Also - there seems to be a demarcation line on the lower cowling similar to the yellow one on your model. But is it the Yellow cowling or is it just the original undersurface color that was not overpainted with the colors applied to the sides of the aircraft!?

    What do you guys think?

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    • @milos_gazdic I'm not sure about anything, and I don't know how can I be. My model is a set of assumptions I've made looking on a rare photos. Previously, I've described my thoughts regarding the color of the numbers. Yellow cowling and a spinner – also assumptions. Other things – well, I didn’t even think about it. Honestly speaking, I didn't pretend to build a really accurate model, otherwise I wouldn't go with a snap kit.

  13. Hello Dmitry
    Sorry if my questions were too much in any way. Was just asking if you have any further info on things that is unavailable to me. I used to live in Istanbul for 4-5 years & with Fw 190 being my favorite aircraft - I have soft spot for Turkish Fw 190s and am trying to collect as much data as possible! 🙂

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