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1/48 Eduard Fw 190A-8, Lt. Rudolf Linz, 12./JG 5, Herdla, Norway, February 1945 (Complete)

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1/48 Eduard Fw 190A-8, Lt. Rudolf Linz, 12./JG 5, Herdla, Norway, February 1945 (Complete)
Posted by Hoss WA on Friday, December 31, 2021 10:41 AM

This time the subject is "Blue 4" flown by Lt. Rudolph Linz out of Herdla Norway in early 1945.

 

 

He was a 70-victory ace who lost his life during the "Black Friday" raid on February 9, 1945, when Coastal Command attacked German shipping in a Norwegian fjord.

 

 

The attack ended up in an intense dogfight involving over 50 planes between the Allied Beaufighters and Mustangs vs. the German fighters of JG5. The battle became known as Black Friday due the scale of the losses on the Allied side. 

Interestingly, Lt. Linz's plane was recovered and my understanding is that it's in Virginia undergoing restoration. 

I've decided to build this 190 with the all the main covers opened up. There's a first time for everyting. I'm using the Eduard Weekend Edition kit with a ton of added Brassin goodies: engine, fuselage guns, wing cannons, flaps, cockpit, landing gear. I'll also use Mr. Color paints. Here's the cockpit. 

 

 

 

And here's the engine. I know I'll have some more touch up work after it's installed. 

 

 

 

The main construction is complete and I've got everything primed. More photos soon. 

Thanks for looking. 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, January 1, 2022 12:39 AM

Hoss, I'm a sucker for a nice Fw190! That's a great looking engine!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

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Posted by Buckeye2 on Monday, January 3, 2022 11:10 AM

Wow, that cockpit and engine look awesome!

Mike

 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 6:20 PM

Mopar Madness

Hoss, I'm a sucker for a nice Fw190! That's a great looking engine!

 

Thanks Chad - so am I. Thanks again. Much appreciated. 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 6:20 PM

Buckeye2

Wow, that cockpit and engine look awesome!

Mike

 

 

Thanks buckeye! 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 6:41 PM

The main build and the camo painting are now complete. Mr Color lacquers were used for the main colors. 

The IP was PE with a nicely detailed resin/acetate gunsight. 

 

 

The extra goodies meant carefully cutting out the molded main engine covers, the wing cannon covers, and the flaps. With all the extra sub-projects, it's as if you're building four or five different kits at the same time. There are quite of few interdependencies on the sequencing. I spent hours staring at the instructions trying to figure out the optimal order for cutting, painting and gluing the various assemblies. 

 

 

For the wing cannon bays, I found it was very difficult to dry fit these in either the fuselage or the wings to find the precise location. It's not obvious. In the end I decided to glue the wing tops to the fuselage first to ensure the wing root seem is correct. Once dry, it's obvious where and how the cannon bays fit when dry fitting the wing bottoms to the top. I then glued the cannon bays using CA glue, followed by attaching the bottom wings to the tops. I'll probably use this general technique going forward because it worked really well. The advantages are that the wing root seam is perfect and the fuselage can be flexed to the proper position in relation to the wings when the two halves of the wings are glued. 

 

 

The painting for the main camo was my usual method - nothing dramatic. I masked the surrounding areas and painted the RLM02 areas after the main colors went down. 

 

 

 

Gloss coat and decals are next. Thanks for looking.  

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Thursday, January 13, 2022 6:33 PM

Rudolf Linz's Blue 4 is now complete. 

The main markings went on with no issues. I used an extra set of Montex masks for the upper wing crosses and the kit decals for the rest of the markings, including the spinner decal. 

I used oils for the panel line wash this time for a change of pace and am happy with the result. 

Mr. Color GX 114 flat coat was used for the final finish and I think this is the best flat coat I've used. It's super thin and finishes in a soft sheen. It's my go-to final coat going forward. Highly recommended. 

I added brake lines on the lower part of the landing gear and used a new technique for the gun camera port - drilling a hole and creating a window with Micro Krystal Klear. The fastening clips for the engine and gun doors are well done by Eduard. 

Master barrels were used for the wing cannons and pitot tube. 

Eduard did a nice job on the flaps but they are really a lot of work and I'm not sure they are worth the effort on a 190. They were attached with 5 min epoxy and then given an extra dose of superglue for strength. 

Eduard called out Mr. Color Sky Blue for the spinner and cowl ring and I think they did a good job matching the decal colors for the 4 and dot. 

 

I primed the prop in Mr Color Silver and then applied RLM 70, feathering it a bit lighter toward the tips, particular on the backside. Micromesh pads were then used to reveal some silver scratches and patches for wear. 

Oils were used to add some shading to the RLM 74 and 75 sections to increase the contrast and vary the finish of selected panels and areas. 

Infini Aero line was used for the rigging. 

 

The brass landing gear was attached with CA glue and fit really well. The alignment of the struts, wheels and actuators was particularly good. 

 

 

0.2mm wire was used for the supports on the engine covers. 

Color pencils were used for the chips and scratches on the wings and engine cover areas. 

 

 

Brown and tan oil paints were used to muddy up the wing walk areas next to the fuselage. Eduard did a nice job with the detail on the wing cannon bays. I drilled some holes to represent attachment points for the wing cannon access doors. 

 

It was a fun project with nice additional details. I thought the resin cockpit parts add quite a bit of detail along with the engine. The gun bays are a big plus. Resin wheels and brass struts are good but I think the rivet detail on the resin landing gear covers is a bit overdone. The Master barrels are winners. I probably won't add the flaps on future attempts to add some extra detail. 

 

Thanks for looking!! Comments and critique are always welcome.

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, January 13, 2022 6:41 PM

Very nice work!  Lot's of eye candy with all those open panels to oogle at.  I've never seen those squadron colors before - the blue really pops.  Great build.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by marcopreto on Friday, January 14, 2022 5:20 AM

keavdog

Very nice work!  Lot's of eye candy with all those open panels to oogle at.  I've never seen those squadron colors before - the blue really pops.  Great build.

 

I would not articulate myself better, fully subscribing to what Keavdog worte!

 

Cheers

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, January 14, 2022 8:24 AM

Fantastic work overall specially the engine. That blue really pops.  Beer

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by disastermaster on Friday, January 14, 2022 1:01 PM

D##N, you just keep gettin better n better!

AWESOME!

(and fast too!)

On the kitchen counter top in North Carolina

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Posted by Hoss WA on Friday, January 21, 2022 8:54 PM

keavdog

Very nice work!  Lot's of eye candy with all those open panels to oogle at.  I've never seen those squadron colors before - the blue really pops.  Great build.

 

Thanks keavdog! Glad you like it. This one was alot of work but I like how it came out. I like the blue scheme also. Thanks again. 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Friday, January 21, 2022 8:55 PM

marcopreto

 

 
keavdog

Very nice work!  Lot's of eye candy with all those open panels to oogle at.  I've never seen those squadron colors before - the blue really pops.  Great build.

 

 

 

I would not articulate myself better, fully subscribing to what Keavdog worte!

 

Cheers

 

 

Thanks Marco! 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Friday, January 21, 2022 8:55 PM

plasticjunkie

Fantastic work overall specially the engine. That blue really pops.  Beer

 

Thanks plasticjunkie. Much appreciated. 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Friday, January 21, 2022 8:56 PM

disastermaster

D##N, you just keep gettin better n better!

AWESOME!

(and fast too!)

 

Thanks disastermaster. Much appreciated. 

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Posted by lurch on Saturday, January 22, 2022 3:31 AM

That is fabulous. Fantastic engine work. Great display. I can hear the engine running now.

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, January 22, 2022 9:01 AM

As my junior high shop teacher used to say:

"Gorgeosity!"

One of my all-time favorite 190 schemes, executed beautifully.YesYesYes

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
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Posted by Nikola on Sunday, January 23, 2022 11:12 AM

Simply amazing work Hoss! Well done man!

She's a beauty.

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by knox on Sunday, January 23, 2022 3:47 PM

This is outstanding work. Just beautifu!!  The Only thing that would make it better, is if I could see it in person.  Of course, I’d be scared to get within 10 feet if it. 

                                 knox 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, January 23, 2022 8:53 PM

I love it Hoss!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Thursday, January 27, 2022 8:41 PM

lurch

That is fabulous. Fantastic engine work. Great display. I can hear the engine running now.

 

Thanks lurch. Much appreciated. 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Thursday, January 27, 2022 8:42 PM

gregbale

As my junior high shop teacher used to say:

"Gorgeosity!"

One of my all-time favorite 190 schemes, executed beautifully.YesYesYes

 

Thanks Greg! I really like the scheme also. Thanks again.

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Posted by Hoss WA on Thursday, January 27, 2022 8:42 PM

Nikola

Simply amazing work Hoss! Well done man!

She's a beauty.

 

Best,

Nikola

 

Thanks Nikola!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Thursday, January 27, 2022 8:43 PM

knox

This is outstanding work. Just beautifu!!  The Only thing that would make it better, is if I could see it in person.  Of course, I’d be scared to get within 10 feet if it. 

                                 knox 

 

 

Lol. Thanks knox. It was a fun build. 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Thursday, January 27, 2022 8:43 PM

Mopar Madness

I love it Hoss!

 

Thanks Chad - much appreciated. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, January 27, 2022 9:24 PM

Sorry I missed this one.  This is stunning work Hoss.  

 "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 Hoss WA on Saturday, January 29, 2022 2:29 PM

lawdog114

Sorry I missed this one.  This is stunning work Hoss.  

 

Thanks LD. Much appreciated. 

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