Trimaster 1:48 Fw 190 A-8/R-11
Formed by a number of ex-Hasegawa employees, Trimaster was active from 1987 to 1991. During that time the company produced some of the first “mixed-media” kits with photo-etch, metal tubing and white metal parts along with molded styrene. They focused solely on Luftwaffe subjects, and their kits were some of the most detailed and expensive of their time, the latter factor being instrumental in their early demise.
This is a nightfighter version of the Fw 190 A-8, one of very few that mounted the FuG 217 J-2 Neptun radar with external antennas. It also featured flame dampers over the exhausts and a 300 liter belly fuel tank. The use of single seat planes as nightfighters was not generally successful mainly due to the heavy workload it placed on pilots.
The kit was built OOB and painted with Mr. Color acrylic lacquers (RLM 02, 66, 75 and 76) and Model Master enamel (RLM 74). The entire paint job, with the exception of the black fuselage panels, was airbrushed freehand. The radio antenna is invisible mending thread. The radar dipoles are telescoping rod and tubing supplied in the kit. Decals are from Owl (individual plane markings) and Aeromaster (stencils). The model depicts (as far as I know) the only photo-documented A-8/R-11, “White 9” flown by Ofw. Günther Migge of the Wilde Sau unit 1./NJGr. 10. I was fortunate to have a number of period photographs of the plane furnished to me by my friend and Luftwaffe expert George Morrison of New Hampshire. One of these photos showed the upper wing camouflage colors reversed from the normal pattern, so I painted them that way. I completed the build in April 2022.
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