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1/48 Eduard FW 190A-8/R2 Sturmbock (In Progress)

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    July, 2019
1/48 Eduard FW 190A-8/R2 Sturmbock (In Progress)
Posted by Hoss WA on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 12:43 AM

Started this heavily armored Würger flown by Oblt. Hans Weik, CO of 10.(Sturm)/JG 3 in June 1944. This is one of the options in Eduard's excellent Reichverteidigung kit.

It's the same build as the recently released A-8/R2 but with different marking options. Interestingly both the RV kit and the Profipack boxing include Weik's W. Nr. 680747, but the RV kit is "White 1" while the Profipack kit is "White 7". After some searching online, I came across someone who interviewed Weik and asked about this. Apparently he was assigned "White 1" as the Staffel CO, but often chose to fly "White 7" since the leader's planes were targets for enemy fighters. It's interesting that Eduard has both planes as the same W. Nr. Not sure what this is all about.  

Oblt. Weik recorded 36 victories, including 22 four-engined bombers. 

I'm using Mission Models paints and trying Alclad Klears for the first time. So far, so good. I'm looking forward to tackling the all black cowling. 

Finished the cockpit. The color difference between the PE and the paint is obvious in the photos but not very noticeable to the eye. 

  • Member since
    February, 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 6:18 AM

Nice Start! I have intentions of doing Weik’s A-8 eventually as well. Sweet looking plane. Not sure if my decals are for 1 or 7, wanna say 7. I’ll be following your work.

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

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    April, 2013
  • From: Eleva, Wisconsin
Posted by Greatmaker on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 8:33 AM

Wow thats some fabulous detail in the cockpit. Pulling up a chair 

 

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    November, 2008
  • From: Hatboro, PA
Posted by Justinryan215 on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 10:42 AM

I really like the 190's that are more flashy...striped nose/ yellow panels, etc...

 

But I am REALLY digging that dark scheme on this Butcher Bird!

 

Ill be checking in on this one!

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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    August, 2009
  • From: Borlando Fla home of the rat
Posted by TREYZX10R on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 4:40 PM

Awesome looking office!

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    July, 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Friday, September 13, 2019 7:14 PM

Thanks all for the comments. Here's the latest update. 

The build is complete. A couple of minor items: On the good news front, I successfully got the panels around the cowl ring uniformly spaced, with smooth seams between the panels that open for maintenance. I know this is probably "FW 190" 101 for most of the audience but I've messed this up in more than one way on previous builds. 

As for bad news, I cracked the windscreen, trying to flex it to fit the fuselage. The windscreen was splayed a little wider than the fuselage. Grabbed a spare from another kit and was good to go. 

I'm also not a fan of Alclad Klear Gloss. It went down fine and looks good but remained tacky for longer than expected (days). Not a big issue from a finish standpoint but I just don't like handling the model with a tacky surface. 

On to painting. Masked and ready for priming. Since Eduard supplies both a "closed" and "open" version of the canopy, and I intend to use the "open" one, I used the "closed" canopy with blu-tac weatherstripping to mask the cockpit. 

Primed with Mission Models Gray Primer. 

Preshaded with black. 

White RV band. 

RLM 76 down. 

I'm also trying out AK Real Colors for RLM 70 for the prop. I thinned it 2:1 with AK thinner and it sprayed like a dream. Thin coats, quick drying and very smooth finish. 

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    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, September 13, 2019 7:24 PM

Very cool!  These new-tooled Eduard 190‘s are quite amazing.

Chad

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  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Friday, September 13, 2019 7:38 PM

Nice cockpit! And the rest is looking great too. Yes

Which Alclad clear is causing you grief, the water-based or solvent-based?

-Greg

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    July, 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Friday, September 13, 2019 7:55 PM

Greg

Nice cockpit! And the rest is looking great too. Yes

Which Alclad clear is causing you grief, the water-based or solvent-based?

 

 

Thanks Greg. It's the solvent-based. 

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Friday, September 13, 2019 8:01 PM

Hoss WA
Thanks Greg. It's the solvent-based.

You're welcome. And I'm surprised. I've found all of them (gloss, flat, matte, etc) to be fast-drying and durable. I'm sorry you are having trouble.

But more importantly, your workmanship is first rate, tacky coats or not.

-Greg

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    July, 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Friday, September 13, 2019 8:06 PM

Greg

 

 
Hoss WA
Thanks Greg. It's the solvent-based.

 

You're welcome. And I'm surprised. I've found all of them (gloss, flat, matte, etc) to be fast-drying and durable. I'm sorry you are having trouble.

But more importantly, your workmanship is first rate, tacky coats or not.

 

Thanks - by the way, I do like the flat and matte Alclad Klears. Maybe I put the gloss on too thick. Might give it another shot. Thanks.

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    February, 2005
  • From: Cleveland, OH
Posted by RadMax8 on Friday, September 13, 2019 11:31 PM

The build looks great so far! Very quick, but it doesn seem that quality has taken a hit in the slightest. 

Just so you don’t feel like a crazy person, I have found that Alclad Gloss Coat stays tacky for me too. Love the flat though!

  • Member since
    July, 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, September 16, 2019 4:48 PM

I completed painting and decals over the weekend.

Using Mission Models RLM 75, I mixed about 15% white to increase the contrast against the RLM 74. Used white-tac to mask the camo on the wings. It worked fine but I think the demarcation line was too smooth and linear. The actual camo boundary is a little more wavy and varied. I'll try to clean this up during weathering.

I also think I applied the paint too thick, using about 20% thinner and 80% paint as Mission Models recommends. Going forward I'm going to experiment with 1:1 thinner at lower pressure for thinner coats. 

I did the fuselage and mottling freehand at 1:1 thinning ratio and ~12psi. I was very happy with the result. Very thin coats, good control, reasonable tip drying, nice smooth finish. Did some heavy masking when I painted the black nose to prevent overspray. 

Since I ws very concerned about the black nose detail, I tried a different gloss coat technique this time since I've often messed this step up. I kept the 1:1 gloss to thinner ratio and stayed at about 15psi.  Using almost the same technique as mottling or feathering the fuselage RLM 74, I sprayed in small areas only enough until the surface went from flat to glossy and no more. No blobs of gloss goop pooling around the flaps, etc. No hamfisted, full-trigger, high-pressure firehose effects. I must have only used about 10 drops of gloss vs. the usual 50 on the entire plane. I put a little extra where the crosses would be applied on the wings and sides. I was pretty happy with the result. Whew.

The decals went on fine and everything was looking good until I was applying litterally the last decal -- disaster struck. As I was finishing the decals for starboard wingwalk, I found it didn't fit the space properly. Then I realized someone (me) glued the 30mm cannon cover in the wrong position. After debating whether to leave it alone I decided to muscle it off and replace it with a spare from my 190A-5 kit. After sanding, masking, priming, paint-matching, painting, feathering camo and gloss coating the area, I got to the point of acceptability. There are a couple of scuffs but I think I can tackle these during weathering. 

On to weathering... Thanks for following. 

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    August, 2009
  • From: Borlando Fla home of the rat
Posted by TREYZX10R on Monday, September 16, 2019 5:46 PM

Great looking paint work! 

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