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1/48 Otaki FW-190 A8

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1/48 Otaki FW-190 A8
Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:36 PM

I found this kit in a Goodwill store as a bag of sprues with no box and no instructions. I knew at first glance it was a FW-190. I had no idea who made the kit and the decals were shot. So, since I was buying by the pound that day it cost me next to nothing. I sat on it for a year and a few weeks ago I decided to build it. I researched the marking on the kit and found it to be an early Otaki kit. Cheap and old. Oh boy, let's do this.

I was surprised to see it had very little flash and the fit was great. It went together quickly and easily. It has nealy no detail in the pit, so I decided to make it a hanger. I painted up the pilot and the kit and I painted it quickly with little regard to quality. I just wanted to get it done and hanging. So the work is not as good as I could have done, but its an old cheap kit and was a fun quick build.

I found out after I painted it that the wheels won't let the gear doors close so I was forced to add the gear and let it sit. But, I can hang if I wish too.

I got AM decals from AML and used a few spares from a Superscale kit. I changed the prop and hub to a Tamiya part spare, other than that its OOB. Given what it was I am pleased with the kit overall. Not bad for an Otaki dinosaur. Paints were a mixture using Tamiya callouts so I can use them up. I the tones are not quite correct, but close enough for this one. Enjoy.

BK

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, December 12, 2019 4:01 PM

For its age, it's a beautiful kit.  Most of their kits of that vintage had recessed panel lines when nobody else was doing it. Airfix released this kit under their logo a while back along with a Mustang and Hellcat.  Very nice!!

Chad

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Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, December 12, 2019 8:11 PM

Most all of the Otaki kits are fun and look great on the shelf.  You could have made it an action scene and had the gear part way up in a hard turn to the left.  Shoot, you still can!

John

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, December 12, 2019 9:29 PM

Looks great BK. Outstanding job as usual sir!

Those ancient Otaki kits are actually very nice. I have one still in the box that I bought at Orange Blossom Hobbies in Miami back in the early 80's. A couple of years back Squadron was having one of their outstanding sales where i picked up a True Details resin pit for it for a mere .99!

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:36 PM

PJ, yoiu'll make good use of the pit, cuz there's nothing in there but a seat and a joystick. Pretty plane, but the pilot wasn't too bad, tight fit though. 

Thanks for the kind word, gents.

BK

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:39 AM

Outstanding work Brandon.  Paintjob is flawless...

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:33 AM

Very nice build! Did your kit come with the underwing twin 20mm gun packs? And if so did you leave them off and add the outboard in-wing guns?

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:20 PM

stikpusher

Very nice build! Did your kit come with the underwing twin 20mm gun packs? And if so did you leave them off and add the outboard in-wing guns?

 

Well, I had no instructions so I kinda winged it on the build. It did come with the guns and they looked like hell on the kit so I opted to leave them off. The guns for the wings were already open so I took the easy route and built it that way. No idea on whether or not it is correct. I just wanted a quick fun little build and no headaches. The kit appears to be meant to build one way or another, but without instructions I just went with what I liked the look of the best. I grabbed the first set of A series decals I found that I liked the scheme of and used them. I'm sure this exact plane never flew, but I liked the kit and it looks good enough to hang in the collection. I was very surprised how good the kit is even with its age and lack of detail.

Thanks for the kind words gents, I appreciate it.

BK

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Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:43 PM

I forgot the give the pilot for this bird. It was flown by Oblt Walter Schneider, Autumn 1941, France. 

BK

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, December 14, 2019 1:16 PM

BrandonK

 

 
stikpusher

Very nice build! Did your kit come with the underwing twin 20mm gun packs? And if so did you leave them off and add the outboard in-wing guns?

 

 

 

Well, I had no instructions so I kinda winged it on the build. It did come with the guns and they looked like hell on the kit so I opted to leave them off. The guns for the wings were already open so I took the easy route and built it that way. No idea on whether or not it is correct. I just wanted a quick fun little build and no headaches. The kit appears to be meant to build one way or another, but without instructions I just went with what I liked the look of the best. I grabbed the first set of A series decals I found that I liked the scheme of and used them. I'm sure this exact plane never flew, but I liked the kit and it looks good enough to hang in the collection. I was very surprised how good the kit is even with its age and lack of detail.

 

Thanks for the kind words gents, I appreciate it.

BK

 

The configuration that you built is quite correct for an A8. That was very common for them. I don’t think that the twin 20’s ever saw service on an A8. 

And yes it is a fun kit. You already listed it’s major shortcomings with the cockpit and simplified engine front. But it builds up quick and easy, and looks like a 190A-8 when done. 

 

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U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, December 15, 2019 4:38 AM
Looks great. I'm a firm believer in saying that not every build has to be show quality. Every now and then you need a "fun build" something that looks good but there is no stress over.

 

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