Monday, January 17, 2022

Building a Focke Wulf FW-190

Somewhat accidentally I've lately got into watching some Youtube videos about making model kits. Mostly videos by Matt of Model Minutes. This prompted me to take this off the shelf and have a go at building it.

It's an Airfix starter set that comes with acrylic paints, polystyrene cement, and a paintbrush. I think I got it for about a fiver when Aldi had one of their occasional promotions a few years ago. 

I've decided to treat this as a modelling project rather than bodging the kit together to make something that I'd be happy using in a wargame. That's pretty much something I haven't set out to do since I was about 16! It'll be interesting to see if my skills have improved over the intervening four decades.

So far it seems to go together OK although there's a piece of clear plastic (some kind of head-up display?) that you couldn't possibly position properly if you glued it on in the order suggested by the instruction sheet. 

The decals seem reluctant to come off the backing paper (I've already attached two to the instrument panels in the cockpit) and when they do come off they refuse to stick to the model. I'm afraid this may end up being really frustrating but we'll wait and see!


Neil said...

I look forward to seeing how you get on. I've taken the opposite route, I'm getting some of the Year 6s in my school into putting together a Bf.109 and a Spitfire during lunchtime, which is everyone's first time with glue and paints, so might not be the polished article when we're done!

Andy Canham said...

I got one of them from Aldi and built it last year for Battlegroup. Nice kit and I had the same issue with decals being reluctant to come off and them to stick to the model. Used delcalfix to get it to stick in the end. Was surprised there were no swastika tail insignia as Airfix never had those issues in the 60's and 70's.

Cheers, Andy

Unknown said...

The issue with the swastika is down to the legal issues around depicting them in Germany in the 90s... it would be far cheaper and simpler to delete them from box art/ decal sheets than to offer two versions of the same product, one with and one without.

Counterpane said...

Cheers Neil. Finished pics soon.

Counterpane said...

Thanks for commenting Andy. I think mine came from Aldi too.

Unknown is right, as I understand it, about the German laws. I thought I might have a couple of swastika decals left over from very old kits but I can't immediately find any.