The casts are designed so as to allow the widest range of model
transformations with minimum effort [of the producing company]. That means
you can both create Focke Wulf 190 A/F/G with radial engine or Focke Wulf
190 C/D/H with in-line engine. The result is as follows: the fuselage has
a separate engine unit and MG 131 machine gun in front of the windshield.
Connecting the fuselage with the machine gun cover and the engine is not
possible without a lot of filler. Avoid gluing in the interior partition
[22C] for setting the width of the front fuselage in front of the engine
cover. The partition is short of 2mm, so the engine cover would be almost
impossible to glue to the fuselage! Furthermore, the BMW 801 engine cover
is cut into 4 pieces and when you try joining them together, you will find
However, the most difficult part was undoubtedly attaching the wings with
their joint to the bottom of engine cover. Right on the wing/engine
demarcation line, the front wing stuck out by 1.5mm above the engine
cover. My milling machine had a feast. The landing gear bay, which was to
be glued separately into the wing, needed filling around its boundary.
One must really wonder...
There is only a flat canopy in the kit, which is flatly wrong as for the
version G-8. The G-8 used to be normally equipped with a round canopy,
including heavier plating of pilot's head rest. Besides, most of Fw 190G-8
were only equipped with interior cannons MG 151/20. To reduce the weight
of the aircraft, the machine guns (MG 131 [13mm]) weren't usually mounted
above the engine. In order for the plane to carry a heavier bomb load, it
was substantially lightened. You may use the PE parts from Eduard 48283,
specifically designed for the model Fw 190 G-8, to finish the cockpit and
create other details. I recommend throwing away the flap bottom part [it
is 3mm shorter than the flap], because it would allow seeing inside the
fuselage. Matt and quite thin decals on a light blue paper are intended
for 2 planes.
The first decal option is Fw 190 G-8 "Red 12" from II./SG 10 of May 1945,
Bad Aibling airfield. The aircraft is supplied with black horizontal
squadron markings, a red stripe across the engine cover and a red rudder.
Its camouflage is very interesting. The bottom light-grey color RLM 76
substitutes for the upper camouflage color [most likely RLM 74]. The model
is therefore painted with only two shades of RLM 75/76 as a night
interceptor. The second version is Fw 190 A-8 "White 3" of the Lieutenant
Karl Brill from 10./JG 54 "Grunherz" of summer 1944, Lemberg/Polen
airfield. The aircraft is painted with the mix of colors RLM 76 on the
bottom and RLM 75/83 on the top with numerous spots on the sides of the
fuselage. There is a "190" on the right side, Indian emblem below the
canopy, and a green heart JG 54 on the other side.
We should thank some models for their existence on the scale modeler's
market, wish them a peaceful rest and sweet dreams. It would be particularly
appropriate in this case. Amen.