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PostPosted: Sat 16 Mar 2013 14:27 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat 27 Apr 2013 01:10 am 
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Sorry for the delay on this one Ratch, but I'll be starting quite late I suspect as I still haven't made my mind up on what to build and I've a few others to complete first. However, I thought it time that I posted something somewhere to confirm that this one is still a GB I intend to take part in. Great work on the show jumper!
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No worries James 8-) and thanks :D

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OK, decision made. It's high time I made an Fw-190A series. I've been mulling this build over for almost two years now, and eventually selected a colour scheme for a Warbird. Imagine my surprise when I found that Brews had populated the reference section with his photos of the very aircraft. Anyhow, with that being the target, I've been thinking about the colours. As such I may build an Fw-190D on the same thread, but note that it's purpose will be a paint tester only for the main build, and so there won't be any build photos for the Dora (if I had a spare A model, I'd use that). Anyhow, the kit code for this one is 16001, it will include Eduard seat belts, and some yet to be sourced decals, and will be completed as the Heritage Flying Company's current colourful example. As for why I've chosen this particular aircraft, it quite simple - there's no mottling, and as I just said, it's colourful, and to keep things really simple, it's pretty much always immaculate, so no weathering!
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PostPosted: Sat 04 May 2013 13:34 pm 
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Time for some in box shots. Everything you'll see here was picked up at Brampton show a couple of years ago for £20.
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There's a couple of decals missing for the tail - seems a shame in this scale, as I'll have to try and find something suitable.
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The instruction book includes colour callouts for almost every part, as well as a few reference pics.
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Included in the box were the Eduard pre-painted seat belts
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And the plastic...
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As mentioned above, I'm going to need to find some decals to go on the tail, as well as the code letter "A" to go on the fuselage. I'm also considering getting the motor for this one.
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Looking forward to this. Hannats do some 1/24 decals http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X32002

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PostPosted: Sat 04 May 2013 21:37 pm 
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Thanks Mike, I suspect there'll be something I can use on that lot. Meanwhile, I've done a quick test run. The camo isn't by any means an exact copy, and of course the decals are wrong, but this is my first pass at testing the paint scheme. Colours are Hu29/163/80 over Hu65, with Revell 12 yellow. The actual kit is 1/144, hence not being too bothered about getting the pattern exactly right when painting.
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Looking forward to seeing this one, especially in that camo.

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Looks a treat mate well done!

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Good idea to test it out on a 1:144 kit. When I saw the subject title, I expected the 1:72 kit. Then I saw the boxart, and thought to myself "that's the same as the 1:24 box art - I didn't know Airfix did the 1:72 kit in that scheme too". Duh!

You know the tricks with the engine, I presume. It would take me too long to get this done for a GB, but you are probably a quicker builder than me :) Good luck.

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to keep things really simple, it's pretty much always immaculate, so no weathering!

Oil drips from the oil ring on the cowling. I might have photos of that, too. :) But yes, the Flying Heritage Collection (owned by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft) maintains their planes very well. Their big news this year is that they have restored their F-6F to flying condition. It previously finished its career as a drone, and most of those were destroyed.

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Looking forward to seeing you put that colossal beast together. :snack:

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I added a link to the reference section. You may or may not find it useful.

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Mmmm ... the only problem I foresee so far... where will it go once built.... I think this might be a bit too big for Billy the Bookcase.


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PostPosted: Sat 11 May 2013 23:52 pm 
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It'll fit Chris - the wingspan is only the same as the Lancaster, so no worries on that score.

Brews - thanks ever so much for the photos. They're proving very useful. Unfortunately there's some differences compared to the callouts on the instructions, so I've done some repainting today. However, I ought to give an update reflecting what I've done since I last posted on this one, so here goes...

I started by painting the two main interior colours, which were listed as Hu79 for the cockpit areas, and Hu78 elsewhere. In the meantime, at Brews' suggestion, I read through the build threads for the ATF Fw-190 Group Build and the ATF 1/24 Group Build, both of which took place in 2009. One reason for doing so was to confirm exactly which part to omit from the engine in order to optimise the fit (part number 36). It was also useful in confirming that the interior colours should actually be RML66 and RLM02. I decided that the RLM66 was close enough to Hu79 that no repainting would be required. However comparing Hu78 with both RLM02 and the colours shown on photos of my subject, it was a poor match, so I chose to mix up a new colour. The various reference photos show two different colours, depending presumably upon lighting conditions and exposure settings etc, but some of the time it seems mostly a mid-grey colour, and others a much lighter greenish shade. The colour I produced is probably closer to the latter, but overall I'm fairly happy with it. So, having repainted what felt like most of the kit, I moved onto the more detailed parts.

Checking the references for the engine, I found that the various parts making up the front end were not Hu79 at all, but looked to be Hu85. I repainted them, and then added additional colours to add detail. So far, I've only really got the very front areas of the engine done, and a tiny amount of work has been done on the cockpit details. Essentially, it looks like there is a great deal of slow painting to be done on this build, complicated by potential fit issues, involving lots of sanding and clamping. We'll see as the build progresses. Anyhow, here's some of the more interesting parts completed to date, illustrating the variety of colours even at this early stage. For the spinner I've gone with Hu125 US Dark Grey for now (not sure it's quite blue enough), and for the backing ring behind the propeller boss I used Hu71.
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Meanwhile thanks to Ratch, Hangertime, Owen for the information in their build threads, and especially to Brews for all the help he's already given me on this build.
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Nice work so far.

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Very nice start mate :clapping:

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Nice start James :snack:

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Lovely start, James, nice detail work.

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I built one of these a few years ago and was disappointed with the fit :(

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