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Butcher Bird: 1/48th Monogram Fw 190A

This is really an "Old-School" 1/48th scale kit from Monogram with molds dating back to 1965 although my version is the 1973 re-box it is the same kit. Needless to say this kit has been eclipsed by newer kits several times over since its release.

Notable Kit Features:

  • Few kit parts

  • Raised cockpit detail (except for instrument panel)

  • Separate flaps

Build Inspiration:

This build would be another Luftwaffe Ace aircraft featuring Josef Wurmheller who appears in the photo below (on left) in front of his Focke-Wulf Fw-190A-9 (WNr-530314) while serving with JG2, based at Vannes, France Aug 1943.

Heads-Up Report:

  • Decal sheet instrument panel

  • No wheel wells on kit

  • No inner flap detail

  • Molded in nose guns

  • Fuselage to wing join needs some work at forward underside

  • Raised panel lines

Kit Additions / Modifications:

  • Added hypodermic needle guns to replace wing guns

End Result:

I decided to use this kit to try out my free-hand camouflage painting to see how I'd fare. Luftwaffe camouflage is admittedly intimidating to try and difficult to master. After completing this kit in the late 90's, I gave myself a "C Grade" and decided to leave further attempts for the distant future. Definitely a lower Grade on the mottle. (I did fare better on another kit in this same group.) Paint was RLM 70 /RLM 02 over RLM 76 with side mottling (which I didn't do well on in this case).

The After-Build Report:

If you had this kit (or a newer version of it by Revell) in your stash it is buildable however there are a number of better choices out there for a Fw190 build for your to go to... so I won't recommend this kit but it was a fun / inexpensive build at the time.

Completed build #52 - December 1998 using the 1/48th scale Monogram #6804 kit.

Feel free to comment or ask any questions - Keep on building, gain experience, challenge yourself if you like, but try not to stress yourself out over the build - it is suppose to be an enjoyable hobby after all - Cheers

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