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  1. The weather was finally decent enough for outdoor photography on this one, but the lighting was still strange and a lot of the photos look a little darker than I would like. But, here we go... This is the A-6 that I was working on basically at the same time as I was doing the A-5/U12 I posted the other day. However, since I used the A-5 to test out a variety of new paints, this build was going to take it to the next step. As I had mentioned before, the A-5 was (hopefully) the last build I ever did with my old Paasche H single action airbrush. It was during the construction of these two kits that I decided I was going to take the plunge and get a new airbrush that would take me closer to the direction I want to be heading. Being that the camo scheme of this A-6 is a bit more complex, it was the also the perfect test bed for a new airbrush. I looked at the Iwata Eclipse brushes at the local Hobby Lobby and did a bunch of research and review reading before I reached the decision to go with the Harder and Steenbeck Infinity CR Plus with the .15mm and .4mm nozzle/needle combo. Now, for the plane: -Kit: Hasegawa Fw 190A-6 -Decals: Stencils and "Friedel" heart decal from Eagle Cals. Werk Number was pieced together from spares and the "3s" were actually made from 8s and I touched them up with paint. Unfortunately, I only had enough to do one side of the tail and couldn't print any because my printer hates me. The "White 12" is a combination of spares from Eagle Cals and Kagero. Checker nose from Eagle Cals. -Masks: Montex used for the wing/fuselage crosses and tail marking. -Quickboost exhausts -HGW Seatbelts (but assembled from spares and not exactly perfect or complete) -RB Model brass MG17 muzzles -E-Z Line antenna wire (inside canopy, too!) with CA glue for insulators -All 20mm barrels cut from aluminum tubing -Wire brake lines and wine bottle foil straps -Drilled out holes in oleo scissors -Wire and styrene used to make the landing gear actuator wiring on the scissors and the tailwheel retraction cable was made from wire and the mount for it from styrene and scale nuts/bolts (I forget the brand). -Valve stems added to tires made from stretched sprue. -Gun sight reworked to fit after leather padding on instrument hood filled in with styrene and Milliput -Rudder light was sanded off and a new one made from copper tube and contoured back in with Milliput. Contoured sprue for the bulb. -Rudder trim tab was deformed in this kit, so I sanded it off and and made a new one from sheet styrene. _Outboard 20mm cannon fairings have the "bumps" added with Milliput. -Landing gear indicators from stretched sprue. -Aluminum tubing used in the leading edge of the wing for the 20mms. These serve as a guide and a better foundation in which to glue the barrels. -Aluminum tubing also used to depict the gun camera lens bezel. The lens itself is stretched clear sprue, polished and then inserted into the tube and being given a couple drops of Future (or whatever it's called nowadays). -Last, but not least (actually done before assembly and paint), the entire airframe was riveted using the Trumpeter riveting wheel. Paints Used: The main scheme of RLM 74/75/76 was all MRP paint and was given a coat of flat lacquer after weathering with oils. I did add a light mottle of RLM 76 using AK Interactive's Real Colors RLM 76 Version 2 over the MRP 76, as it is the lightest of all the 76s I have and it helped give more depth to the color. I also used MRPs white mixed with the 74/75 and used a similar technique to give a little more contrast in spots. I was very subtle about it, but it helps. Next time I may get a little more adventurous, but I'm still learning with the new paints and airbrush, so I'm happy with how it turned out. Prop blades were originally done with Model Master enamel mix of their RLM 70 Schwartz Grun and Flat Black. I came back and and added a light spray of Tamiya Black Green, later on. The crosses/swastika were all painted with Gunze Gloss Off White and Tamiya Rubber Black. Tires were built up in various stages with the rubber black and Tamiya Red Brown 2 (and I know there was a light mist of Model Master Italian sand thrown in there at some point, as well). The exhaust stains were also done with very thin layers of rubber black and Red Brown 2. Cockpit was done in a mix Model Master RLM 66 and black, but the headrest assembly was done later on, after I had received MRP's 66, which is much closer to the real thing and probably what I will run with from now on. There are plenty of things I would do differently in this build, if I were to do it over (and some mistakes that the photos just revealed! LOL). However, I'm very happy with how it turned out. In fact, it's probably my new favorite 190 model! Enjoy! John
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