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    November, 2017
intro and help request
Posted by fit'n'finish on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 11:58 AM

Hi all.

I have been a model railroader most of my adult life but have just gotten into building scale models (mostly WWII aircraft). I think I might be hooked. My favorite part of the model RR hobby was always building, detailing and painting the rolling stock and loco's anyway.

It seems that most scale modelers don't follow and seem to not even use the directions that come with the kit. I wish I were that confident but I'm not there yet.

I would appreciate some help in finding a set of directions for a kit I want to start but I bought it resale and it has no directions. It's a DML FW 190 A-8. I have never built a FW-190 of any type so I need some guidance. Most of the parts on the trees I recognize, but there are quite a few that I have no idea what they are or where they would go.

Thanks for your help.


Tags: FW 190 A-8
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Posted by littletimmy on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 6:03 PM

Howdy !

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, November 16, 2017 2:00 AM

Welcome aboard.

What scale is the kit, i am guessing 1/48th but you never know.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, November 16, 2017 5:38 AM
Welcome to the forums,really there is no way I could do a dragon kit without directions,I'm not sure how many could.But at any rate,I believe hearing about a website that has a data base of directions,not sure what it is,perhaps some have used it.

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Posted by hogfanfs on Thursday, November 16, 2017 7:10 AM

Welcome to the forums! Beer Welcome Sign

Is this the box art of your kit:

If so, I have this kit, I can dig it out and scan the instruction for you. Let me know.




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Posted by Hunter on Thursday, November 16, 2017 12:44 PM

Welcome to the Forums!!



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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:13 PM

Welcome to the forum! 

If I could offer you some advice, it would be to split your request out into a separate post in the Aircraft forum.  You'll get more visibility for it there. 

Another thing to know is that the forum doesn't have functionality to attach images (attached images take up file storage space).  Instead, we post pics by storing photos with a third-party photo host (eg, Imgur, Postimage, Fotki, Google Images, et al) and pasting links back to that host into our forum posts.  You can find threads with more detail in the "Feedback, Help & Testing" forum.

Again, welcome to the forum, and I look forward to seeing your builds!

Best regards,


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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, November 16, 2017 3:20 PM

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Posted by fox on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 9:03 PM

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 3:03 AM

From what I understand model railroaders invented most of the techniques a lot of us use, particularly for weathering so you have a great jump start.

Following instructions in my opinion can cause complications in painting.  I like to look at all the assembly instructions and break them out by what makes sense in terms of sanding/filling/painting - and I speak from an aircraft builders perspective.

I got lost when I built a couple armor pieces :)




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Posted by jmoran426 on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 8:04 AM
Hello, F&F. I'm an HO railroad modeler myself and took a hiatus from modeling airplanes up until a few years ago. I got back into modeling airplanes and found a new after-market parts industry that wasn't there when I last modeled them. Model railroads have had this for years. I have started watching some of the pros doing model aircraft for some ideas on their techniques, which I have found very impressive. One of the guys I like goes under the name Plasmo (plastic modeler), and has sites on YouTube and FB. There are many others. Haven't solved your problem about the FW-190 plans, but hope this leads you to some help with future modeling.


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Posted by checkmateking02 on Friday, November 24, 2017 10:43 AM

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