Hasegawa 1/32 Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5

By Gary Shively

I can now share with you the final photos of my just completed build. Just like every other build, I tried new things, and I really wanted this bird to look worn and weathered, just as if it had spent a few months on the Russian Front flying from dawn to dusk, day after day with little time for excessive care. Mr G., a fellow LSP'er made this build possible with his generosity and initiative.

I give you, Karl Willius of 1/JG26 and his personally marked FW190.

The only aftermarket used on this build were the HGW seat belts and the Eagle Parts tail wheel. The figure is by PlusModel.

Here are the paints I used: The light green is a mixture of MRP paints... Swedish yellow and International blue. The dark green is a mixture of SMS paints... like 4 different colors...US Helo green and German olive with bits of white and modified German Dark Yellow. The RLM 74 and 75 are SMS paints which I have used straight from the bottle. The RLM 76 is a mixture of MRP paints... RLM 76 and International blue. The yellow areas are Tamiya Flat yellow. I didn't keep any precise ratios, sorry.

I had wanted to do a heavily weathered fighter for a while, and after reading a few memoirs from Luftwaffe pilots who spent their careers on the Russian Front, I know their planes got used a lot more than their Western Front counterparts. I tried not to make the weathering too over-the-top, but in the end, I'm satisfied with the result. I hope you like it, too.

© Gary Shively 2024

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This article was published on Friday, February 09 2024; Last modified on Sunday, February 11 2024