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Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8: The Butcher Bird

April 21, 2020 · in Aviation · · 22 · 2.8K

A straightforward build of 's scale FW 190A-8 finished in the colours of Blue 4 of JG.5 stationed at Eismeer in Norway in April of 1945.
This model rounds off my late-war 1/48 scale collection.

As ever with modern Eduard ProfiPack series warbirds, the kit goes together beautifully provided one thoroughly cleans the flash off each part before assembly. Painted with a mix of Gunze 'Mr Color' and Tamiya acrylics.

Video build here for those interested:

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22 responses

  1. Excellent work, Justin! I liked the video. Your painting and weathering is outstanding!
    All the best!

  2. I agree, the weathering is superb, that's something to really be proud of, well done!

  3. Beautiful work - looks fantastic.

  4. All of the above, nice work!

  5. Very nicely done. The weathering is subtle and looks superb. I like the satin varnish final clear coat. For me, that seems more to scale than a matte finish. Matte works better on desert subjects which should look "dusty", but seems a bit overdone on other kits.

    • To be honest that's somewhat accidental in the sense that I did use flat clear for the final clear coat after using satin for the post-pin wash one... however, I agree it looks nice not too matt. In reality of course, aircraft finish depends very much on the light and viewing angle...

  6. Nice. Especially love the final photo showing a proud line of top line fighters in German service, all looking great.

    • Late war Luftwaffe is certainly a compelling source of modelling and painting subjects! I realise I could go deeper down the rabbit hole with a Komet, Arado jets, Volksjager etc but figure with limited time and shelf space the Anton, Gustav, Dora and Schwalbe are the important ones to have represented ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Thatโ€™s a nice Wurger Justin. I made the same kit just a couple of months ago (posted here also), and it was made in a JG.5 machine also. This Eduard A-8 is the best of the market isnโ€™t it?

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    • Your airbrush work is incredibly clean Pedro! She looks magnificent. Could I ask what airbrush you use for the detail work? I've got a H&S Infinity CP Plus 0.15mm but can't seem to get such clean lines even with careful thinning and pressure control.

      • Thanks for the compliments Justin, but I also use a H&S airbrush, same tip and needle diameter you use. Perhaps paint maker or the paint dilution ratio might explain that

  8. Super result. The new Eduard 190s are just soooo superb.

    • To be honest, all the new Eduard warbirds are stunning kits - sometimes a bit fiddly but fit is generally superb and that surface detail is utterly unrivalled. Speaks for itself that this A-8 in 1/48 was far easier to put together (especially the cowl area) than the recent Revell 1/32 scale F-8 which I built three years back.

  9. G'day Justin,
    The Fw 190 is my favourite aircraft and you have done a great job on this one.
    I have the same kit to do, though I'm thinking of the box-art aircraft.
    I also recently bought a Royal Class A-2/-3/-4 dual combo.
    I have too many kits on the go at the moment, but I have these at the top of my next-to-do list.
    I've built a Dragon A-5 and a Tamiya F-8 (and have a Hasegawa A-5 to build) and want to see how these kits compare.
    Beautiful job!

    • G'day Michael! Sorry, I only just saw this comment - I'm sure you'll have an absolute blast with the Royal Class duo and this A-8, Eduard really are the finest 190s on the market as far as I'm concerned. Hope they go well!

  10. Justin, great looking butcher bird! I like the blue on the spinner and cowl, makes a nice change from the usual RLM yellow. Very nicely weathered too?

    • Cheers Ben - I must admit I sifted through a few of Eduard's different late war Fw190 boxings specifically to find a scheme I liked... so pleased you feel the same about the blue trim look! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Excellent build and choice of scheme - got the 'new' version of this kit on the way, but supplies to New Zealand are taking an age. Our importer/agent is tearing his hair out with frustration.


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