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Captured Fw190 w/US Soldier (Fathers Day Tribute)

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  • From: Towson MD
Captured Fw190 w/US Soldier (Fathers Day Tribute)
Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 12:30 AM

 This is a little diorama vignette I built for a close friend as a Father's Day gift this year. His father---who was in many ways like a second father to me---was born in 1907; a high-school teacher and coach in civilian life, he served with the 645th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 45th Infantry Division, from June of 1942, as one of the 'old men' in his outfit, all the way from the sands of North Africa, through Italy, Southern France, and eventually into Germany. The photograph below was one of his treasured mementos, taken in the more relaxed days immediately following the end of the war, while exploring an enemy aircraft collection point at Oberwiesenfeld, Germany.

And my rendition in 1/72 scale, slightly foreshortened to properly fit on the base.

 

 

The Wurger is the old Tamiya Fw190A-3, modified to A-4 standards to match the WerkNummer 2394 just visible in the photo. Codes are as shown in the photo above and others taken on the same day, but color scheme and 'trim' colors are just a 'best guess.' Speculation on the Luftwaffe Experten Message Board was that the aircraft---which had at one point apparently been partially 'written off' following a pretty severe crash---was rebuilt or combined with parts from another damaged airframe, and serving as a training aircraft for some as-yet unidentified unit.

 Case is a generic 'Mini Helmet' display case from the craft store. Groundwork base from Scotchbrite pads for ready-made variable texture; assorted Woodland Scenics grasses for the...well, grass, and a few rags and discarded bits scattered around, as seen in the original photograph. Just for visual interest I made a tarp of tissue and white glue, draped over the port wing. The Jumo engine is 'borrowed' from a Revell Me262. 'No Smoking sign and nameplate made up on the PC.

 The figure started life as a modern-day jet pilot with 'bone-dome' in hand---but wearing nearly the proper style of forage cap. I repositioned the limbs and head, and 'filled out' the profile a bit with white putty. All uniform details painted on, with 'Dad' Bigwood's glasses made from the thinnest silver wire I could find. The figure is no great shakes, by any means---but I actually had a flash of recognition when I'd finished it: the 'body English' and look is the man himself. (That fine gentleman passed away in 1987...so he won't have to see what I did to him!)

 My own loving tribute to a member of the 'Greatest Generation.' Happy Father's Day to one and all!

 

Tags: Fw190

Greg

 

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."

 

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Posted by Griffin25 on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 5:44 PM

 Very cool gift!! I mean that is very thoughtful and it's excellent work as well. I am sure your buddy was taken aback! Cheers to you, man.

The mini helmet case is a great way to display it.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Thursday, June 23, 2016 6:38 AM

Wow! I like it a lot! A nice tribute to the man no less. That diorama is worthy of entering a contest.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, June 23, 2016 10:59 AM

Beautiful diorama and one heck of a tribute!

Kudos sir!!! Yes

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by gregbale on Thursday, June 23, 2016 8:55 PM

Thanks, guys, appreciate the comments!

The gift went over very well---my friend was, as the Brits say, 'gobsmacked.' Both he and his own son...who never got to meet his grandfather, but idolizes him nevertheless...seemed really tickled with it.

Greg

 

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."

 

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Posted by captfue on Friday, June 24, 2016 2:13 AM
Outstanding gift
Rules are overrated
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Posted by Modelrob on Friday, June 24, 2016 6:35 AM

Excellent build and a great gift.

 

Robert

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  • From: Greenville, TX.
Posted by Raymond G on Sunday, July 10, 2016 10:06 PM

Wow! Absolutely beautiful and increadibly constructed. What a fantastice gift! Kudos... Raymond

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Eduard Albatross D-V Red Barron in flight diorama.

WWII CAP Stenson Reliant on Coastal Patrol.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 9:02 AM

Totally missed this one. What a great gift!! Nice job on this! Yes

 

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Posted by lcb248 on Thursday, August 11, 2016 2:25 PM

When I think of all of my uncles that fought in WW2, I wish I could have honored them with something like this. One was in the 3rd Army, one was in the 101st Airborne, one was in the USAAF in bombers...

Sad to say, they're all gone now.

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  • From: Colorado
Posted by psstoff995 on Saturday, August 20, 2016 10:18 PM

Late to the party but got to say- Amazing job! Really a well done piece. I'm always inspired when I see people build up 3D renditions of original photographs and this one is even cooler with the story behind it. Awesome gift! Bow Down

-Chris

US Army Infantryman

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, August 21, 2016 9:44 AM

Thanks very much.

I only wish I'd had the sense to do it when the man himself was still around...I think he would have been tickled pink (or Olive Drab, as the case may be....).

Greg

 

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."

 

"

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Posted by qlabs on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 3:02 PM
Fantastic build and amazing job!

Cheers, 
-Colin

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