Monogram 1/48th FW-190: Almost out-of-the-box
I wanted to do something relaxing, so I grabbed this old Monogram FW-190 from the stash in my garage. It also fits my keep-it-simple modeling philosophy. My plan is to build it mostly out-of-the-box and just concentrate on a decent build and finish. I'm not doing a lot of research on exact paint colors and so on, I plan to use what I have on hand that is close to the colors required. I saw that Revell/Monogram have recently released this kit again. The consensus among my modeling friends is that it is better to build the older kit since it was made before the molds became worn and produced parts with lots of flash. I don't know how true that is, but I can tell you that the parts in this old kit are all essentially "flashless". The inside of the fuselage reveals the age of the molds.
The instructions are in that clear style that seems to be typical of most Monogram & Revell kits. As usual, the build starts with the cockpit, which consists of only three parts. I added a small piece of plastic rod to represent the throttle handle, which is fairly prominent in cockpit pictures. Seatbelts are courtesy of some painted Tamiya tape and a black fine-line art pen.
I used the instrument panel from the kit's decal sheet, and glued it in place.
Having a good look at the kit decals, which look a little suspect, I have decided to order a set of decals from Hannant's. Aside from the instrument panel, which is used paper backing and all, the only kit decal I plan to use is the small warning sign just below the headrest.
This kit will make several versions of the FW-190, so I plan to build only to the point where I will need to decide which version I will build. Once the decals show up and I decide on a version, then I can add those version-specific parts to the build.
I hope to post some more in-progress photos as I go. So, until then, cheers.