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1/48 Eduard FW 190 A-4 (New Tooled) JG1 “Burath” FINISHED

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1/48 Eduard FW 190 A-4 (New Tooled) JG1 “Burath” FINISHED
Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, August 01, 2019 3:22 AM

As I continue to avoid the B-25 a little longer Whistling.... I figured I'd try something else that was painless like the Spitfire, or should I say allegedly painless.  I'm once again back into a Luftwaffen mood. It's also another opportunity to break out those AK Real colors again. 

Eduard redid their ten year old FW 190 Anton series recently.  They must have tired of the complaints about the how tough these were to build due to overcomplication/engineering which caused unecessary fit issues.  I absolutely hated the A-5 and D-9 I built and even found some new cuss words.  They must have figured out most modelers aren't diorama builders and generally don't want all the engine and gun panels exposed (well...at least I don't).  I would rather have a root canal than having another crack at the early versions again.  Anyways, I had the new tooled A-4 Profipack in the stash that I've wanted to build for quite some time. Now is as good a time as any to drag it out.   

  

I opened the box to discover that I had bought Montex masks for this turkey a while ago.  I like surprises.  It seems I had intentions of building Eberhard Burath's colorful JG1 machine with the striped cowl.  So I shall continue with my trend of building the mounts of the lesser known aces of the war.  Burath only scored 7 kills, but 6 of them were B-17 bombers in defense of the Reich. 

 

I started with the cockpit.  Their Profipack offers PE, which looks quite well done.  For cockpit panels they also offer you the choice of flat plastic (for the mounting of the PE),  flat plastic for provided decals if you wish, or plastic with detail molded on (probably for their weekend edition).  I went with the PE. I tried to match the color they close for RLM 66 using XF-24 Dark Grey and XF-19 Sky Grey.  The PE seatbelts were quite well rendered too.    

  

Of course I managed to use the wrong cockpit tub.  I was supposed to use the one with the grooves in the hatch behind the pilot's head.  I hate when I do that. I can never accidentally pick the right one....Bang Head.

They did a nice job on the IP too.  Looks better than decals I think.  

  

I had no issue fitting the tub in the fuselage.  Look! no finnicky cowl gun deck to mess around with.  Of course placement of the upper instrument panel was a mystery as their instuctions on where it went pretty much made it a guessing game.  This is another complaint I have about Eduard, their intructions aren't precise enough sometimes.  I used a piece of sprue behind it to glue it where I suspect it goes. 

The BMW 801 is nothing special, nor does it have to be.  It's just a face of the engine. It will be hard seen behind the propeller fan. I just painted and washed it real quick like. 

A test fit of the fuselage. Not bad. Time for glue.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, August 01, 2019 4:52 AM

nice work on the cockpit .. this is going to be interesting down the road.

Nick.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, August 01, 2019 5:11 AM

crown r n7

nice work on the cockpit .. this is going to be interesting down the road.

 

Thanks crown

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Posted by Tosh on Thursday, August 01, 2019 5:59 AM

Hi Lawdog114,

looking superior!  Waiting to see what’s next.

Your Friend Tosh

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, August 01, 2019 3:01 PM

Tosh

Hi Lawdog114,

looking superior!  Waiting to see what’s next.

Your Friend Tosh

 

Thanks Tosh. 

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Posted by RadMax8 on Thursday, August 01, 2019 8:58 PM

Love to see you build those Luftwaffe birds... your painting skills really work out well on them!

I apparently was napping when they came out with the “new tool” kits. Did they start from scratch, or was it more like an incremental change?

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Posted by Greg on Thursday, August 01, 2019 9:06 PM

Your cockpit technique is like magic on the Eduard offices.

Man that looks nice.

-Greg

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, August 01, 2019 9:39 PM

Ok, I’ve been waiting for an Fw 190!  Count me in.

Chad

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, August 02, 2019 3:28 AM

RadMax8

Love to see you build those Luftwaffe birds... your painting skills really work out well on them!

I apparently was napping when they came out with the “new tool” kits. Did they start from scratch, or was it more like an incremental change?

 

Thanks Max, I believe they started from scratch. At least the front end of the kit is totally different. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, August 02, 2019 3:29 AM

Greg

Your cockpit technique is like magic on the Eduard offices.

Man that looks nice.

 

Thanks Greg, I always appreciate your kind words.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, August 02, 2019 3:29 AM

Mopar Madness

Ok, I’ve been waiting for an Fw 190!  Count me in.

 

Nice to have your Mopar.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, August 02, 2019 5:42 AM

Oh HELL yeah!! An Fw 190 build!!!  I can't wait to see this one in action. Joe....could you post some of the key differences between the old and the new 190's? I'd really like to see some true comparisons as well as some more in-depth photos of the progress on this one due to it being a new tooled version. Lookin' forward to this....

                   

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, August 02, 2019 7:00 AM

mustang1989

Oh HELL yeah!! An Fw 190 build!!!  I can't wait to see this one in action. Joe....could you post some of the key differences between the old and the new 190's? I'd really like to see some true comparisons as well as some more in-depth photos of the progress on this one due to it being a new tooled version. Lookin' forward to this....

 

i certain will Joe. So far it seems that everything ahead of the cockpit is new. This one is void of full cowl guns and the whole engine as it’s designed to be closed up. 

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Friday, August 02, 2019 5:01 PM

Ahhh the Wurger , my fav! Watching this one for sure! Office is outstanding as always! 

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Posted by RadMax8 on Saturday, August 03, 2019 12:19 AM

lawdog114

 

Thanks Max, I believe they started from scratch. At least the front end of the kit is totally different. 
 

I suppose that’s a commentary on how much cash their 109’s have made them! Come to think of it, they’re really the only manufacturer I can think of to basically admit they screwed up and then set to fix the issue instead of just popping out kits until the molds give out. Maybe I’m mistaken though...

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, August 07, 2019 3:31 AM

TREYZX10R

Ahhh the Wurger , my fav! Watching this one for sure! Office is outstanding as always! 

 

Thanks Trey

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, August 07, 2019 3:33 AM

RadMax8

 

 
lawdog114

 

Thanks Max, I believe they started from scratch. At least the front end of the kit is totally different. 
 

 

 

I suppose that’s a commentary on how much cash their 109’s have made them! Come to think of it, they’re really the only manufacturer I can think of to basically admit they screwed up and then set to fix the issue instead of just popping out kits until the molds give out. Maybe I’m mistaken though...

 

Yes, they fixed their release if the Gustav. That is a fantastic kit too. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, August 16, 2019 12:54 AM

After a nasty bout with the flu (my first 104.7 temperature......loads of fun), I mustered up some strength to get back to the bench.  I believe I left off at fuselage assembly.  It went together nicely without issue.  I added the gunsight then the top IP coaming. I figured I'd mask then add the windscreen now for ease of painting.  Of course their instructions were vague on the coaming's placement, so it was a guess as to where this actually went.  I ended up supergluing it down. 

I then located the windscreen loose in the bottom of the sprue bag only to find a hairline crack where it broke of the sprueAngry.  Of course it's one of the only parts they don't provide 5 extras of, so this pissed me off.  Just another gripe I have with Eduard.  They have too many small pieces and they tend to be overly brittle and fragile. I masked then attached the windscreen only to find it was too narrow where it met the fuselage.  I haven't seen anyone else complain about this, so it must be something I did.  Anyways, I pulled it apart slightly and used solvent glue to hold it in place.  I then puttied the joint to something respectable.  Truthfully, I'm afraid to look when I remove the masks. 

The main gear bay parts were assembled without issue.  These were nicely detailed.  I sprayed them in my own concoction of RLM 02. 

In 1943, the Luftwaffe still enjoyed air superiority so the fighter units were proud and flamboyant, JG 1 in particular with their interesting noses.  They sported distinctive black and white stripes on the cowl (and checkers at one point).  I sought to replicate this with paint.  I painted the nose black then taped off the stripes.  After some trial and error in getting the width and curve right, I eventually came up with this. 

       

Next I pulled out the Montex and added the insignias and such as needed.  Once done, out came the XF-2 white I cut down a bit with XF-19 Sky Grey. I use this to tone down the brightness of th white.

 

I taped off the cowl, landing gear bay, then I broke out the AK Real Colors RLM 76.  Again, this stuff goes down smooth as glass. 

A little bit of fading with some XF-2 white added. I didn't go nuts with it.

Next I fired down the AK RLM 75.  Smooth as silk.

Blue Tac makes short work of the camo pattern.  The 190 is fairly easy compared to say a Spitfire. 

I fired down the RLM 74.  I added some XF-57 Buff to fade it out a bit. This looked about right to me. I also added some minor mottling.  Again, this paint sprays like a dream.  

Masking removed.  These Montex masks performed perfectly.  It's still a mystery why there are issues sometimes with adhesive residue.  I went ahead and painted the prop too.  

 

I'm pretty happy with the nose stripes.

I did some postshading with a diluted XF-69 NATO Black and XF-64 Red Brown.  I did most of the dirt streaking on the underside as I will do some oil streaking top side later. 

Time for a clear coat and decals.  

 

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Posted by silentbob33 on Friday, August 16, 2019 11:14 AM
Looks great Joe! I really like how the nose stripes came out too.

On my bench: Revell 1/48 P-51B Mustang

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Friday, August 16, 2019 8:32 PM

Glad to hear you are feeling better Joe! The mask job looks amazing . especially taking in account what a pita cowls can be with the curves and all. On its way to looking a proper Butcher Bird! Eagerly awaiting the next update!

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Posted by Greatmaker on Friday, August 16, 2019 8:47 PM

She’s a real stunner Joe. That cowl is fantastic.  I would second the AK Paints as well. I used them on a 109 and now have ordered them for the rest of my builds. 

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, August 16, 2019 8:49 PM

Geez that looks good!

Chad

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 3:04 AM

silentbob33
Looks great Joe! I really like how the nose stripes came out too.
 

Thanks Bob

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 3:05 AM

TREYZX10R

Glad to hear you are feeling better Joe! The mask job looks amazing . especially taking in account what a pita cowls can be with the curves and all. On its way to looking a proper Butcher Bird! Eagerly awaiting the next update!

 

Thanks Trey

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 3:05 AM

Greatmaker

She’s a real stunner Joe. That cowl is fantastic.  I would second the AK Paints as well. I used them on a 109 and now have ordered them for the rest of my builds. 

 

Thanks Robert. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 3:06 AM

Mopar Madness

Geez that looks good!

 

Thanks Mopar

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 3:41 AM

I have a quick update.  I clearcoated it with  mixture of half X-22 clear and half Mr. Leveling thinner.  This is my new go-to acrylic gloss coat.  Once cured, I used the Eduard stenciling decals and had no issues.  Unfortunately I can't say the same for the Montex decals that I needed for the cowl and port fuselage emblem (Montex included subject specific decals).  Both completely disintegrated in water.  After a slew of cuss words, I decided to check my decal stash for these markings. No luck.  Next I checked my 190 stash.  I ended up finding both these JG 1 decals in my Hasegawa A-4 kit I had in the stash. They went on without issue.  I'm beginning to get annoyed with Montex whose quality control has much to be desired.  Here's where I'm at.  I hope to finish soon. 

     

Hasegawa JG 1 markings.  Talk about lucking out.

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 2:01 PM

Looks awesome Joe, I stopped using Montex after the second set of canopy masks I tried did'nt fit well.

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 3:46 PM

HOT DAM...THAT'S GORGEOUS!

 

Why you gotta go and do that to me?  Now I need to build one!

 

Nice work, my mein freund!

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 4:29 PM

Yes, gorgeous indeed!  I haven’t had much luck with Montex lately myself.  

Chad

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