yak faces monogram fw 190a-5

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hi all , heres my chosen victim, the monogram 1/48 fw 190a-5. I got it from e-bay for about £10 as i rather liked the look of the markings, and these old monogram kits are usually pretty nice to build. Obviously due to its age (around mid 80s) it has raised detail but its ok and some of the internal detail ,ie. cockpit ,wheel wells is a bit basic but i enjoy scratchbuilding the missing bits,liking the challenge of getting a nice result from an older kit.The only real problem is that the decals are for hermann grafs machine and have a lightning flash in black outlined in red, whereas all the profiles ive found show it to be red outlined in yellow , this aside the decals are fine, ill just have to cross that bridge when i come to it. I might not be starting it just yet as im a bit preoccupied changing my car , but hopefully ill post some progress soon, meanwhile here are some sprue shots. cheers tony

















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Looks like a good kit tony, good luck with the build
 
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Nice one Tony. Look forward to seeing what you make of it. There is a great mix of kits and marks, should be an interesting comparison at the end.
 

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Looks like some nice detail on this one Tony. Looking forward to the build mate.

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You certainly find some exotic kits Tony, and for a tenner. I reckon that the marking with the "wrong" colours could easily be sprayed if it bothers you. Good to know the decals are okay,I was once given an old Monogram Eastern Airlines DC-3 and the decals definitely weren't okay LOL. Isn't it good to see such a variety of kits and ideas for the GB.

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Hi Tony,

Having seen the fantastic job you do with 1/72, I can't wait to see what you'll be doing in the larger scale.

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You certainly find some exotic kits Tony, and for a tenner. I reckon that the marking with the "wrong" colours could easily be sprayed if it bothers you. Good to know the decals are okay,I was once given an old Monogram Eastern Airlines DC-3 and the decals definitely weren't okay LOL. Isn't it good to see such a variety of kits and ideas for the GB.Cheers

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hi steve , i think the decals should be fine due to the fact its a monogram kit from just after they were taken over by revell , so revell have done the decals, it should be quite interesting making up the missing details but i love getting a decent result from an older kit. Ive been reading up on old hermann too, like a lot of the luftwaffe aces his background story makes interesting reading, and luckily for me , he was partial to some very colourful personal markings on his aircraft. cheers tony
 

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See now you got me googleing like mad! Found a few photos of kits, so if they are right or wronge? However, they all had, as you said red bolts with yellow edging. The cowl markings were also different the those on the kit. Red points on a yellow ground. Superb looking 'plane though.

looking forwards to seeing what an expert makes of it!

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dont know if you are interested but found this: 1/48 Decals f

Look like the real deal from what I have seen.
 

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Cheers for that ian, very interesting.I managed to find some red lightning decals in the spares box so i might be able to wing it. I know what you mean about the yellow cowl, ive seen profiles with the cowl painted all yellow and just the underneath yellow, must be a later alteration .I think im going to do the all yellow version. cheers tony
 

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Im sure it will be a super build regardless if you do the early or the late version. I'm quite tempted to do one myself.

Looking forwards to actually seing some photos from your build.

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Hi Tony sorry mate iam just trying to catch up with everyones posts, i loce the kit it looks nice the box art looks cool good luck with the build.

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hi all , well its been a long time coming but ive finally started in earnest. I just couldnt get motivated ,i think it was fw 190 overload !! Anyway,as i mentioned earlier the kit is very basic, so ive had to add extra detail as required. The instrument panel as supplied is too small and has a tiny, rubbish looking decal for it,so that was replaced with plastic card of the right size and shape and the details painted on.Its not eduard standard but itll pass muster with a closed canopy! Similarly the rudder pedals were simulated by painting a rough image in silver onto the black painted cockpit tub back wall.The rest of the cockpit was taken care of by adding a trim wheel and a throttle lever and painting a few details. The seat is always a highly visible area so a bit of extra detail here is a must. The kit seat wasnt bad but needed belts so i got a MDC etched belt set ive got for a 1/32 heinkel 162 and copied that in 1/48. I used 5 amp fusewire bent to shape and surgical tape plus a couple of bits of wine foil for the leather bits under the lap belts. These were all made with the help of the invaluable illuminated magnifying lamp! The wheel wells are next and as can be seen from the pic there arent any!! The trouble is that ive just got started and now im off on holiday on thurs!!!! at least ive still got about 4 weeks left when i come back. cheers tony

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Well if the rest of this build follows the standard of that seat, this is going to be a little gem once you have done you magic on it.

Dude that seat is the dogs dangly bits!

Have a great holiday. Where you off to, anywhere nice?

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Cheers ian!it would have been a lot easier to buy an etched set- what was i thinking!!!!!!! As for the hols , hopefully im going to lanzarote for a week if the volcanic ash cloud doesnt put the kibosh on it!!!! cheers mate tony
 

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Hi Tony,

Gotta go along with Ian - that's a nice start!

What you goin' all the way to Lanzarote for? Just some sun, sea, sand and R&R? You could get mos..... som..... nah! Not in this country! Enjoy yourself an' get your batteries re-charged.

See you when you get back.

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Hi Tony

Cracking scratch build details mate - I'm taking notes!

Cheers

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cheers chaps! much appreciated. tony
 
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ten out of ten for a proper build rather than glueing Eduamiya bits together for a near guaranteed good finish. Look forward to seeing this develop.

I really like Lanzarote, always a cool breeze blowing, although easy to be lulled into thinking it is cooler than it is and getting some painful sunburn.... Don't ask.

If you get the chance, go to the Volcano (National) Park. A really weird yet stunning lunar landscape. We stayed at Puerto Del Carmen, really good holiday, plenty of things to see with the coach tours very reasonable.
 
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Nicely done Tony. That dark green plastic reminds me of a Revell kit (probably originally monogram) that I had a proper fight with a while ago. Looks like you are winning this one.

Cheers

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