Focke Wulf Fw 189 A-2

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Painting and weathering
The winter camouflage finish was achieved with the "hairspray technique":
- The model was painted first in RLM 65/70/71.
- Then it was protected with several coats of Klir (Future).
- The markings were applied and protected with Maskol.
- A coat of hairspray was sprayed all over the upper surfaces.
- A coat of Tamiya white acrylic (XF-2) was randomly sprayed next.
- With a moistened hard brush the white paint was removed in places.
- Another coat of Klir, some flat varnish (Gunze H20) et voilą!
Overall, the Great Wall Hobby Fw 189 is a very nice first effort from this "new" manufacturer in the field of aviation. The surface details and overall fit are excellent and only the original design of the aircraft (twin boom an central nacelle) can cause some serious head scratching sometimes. But with some careful planning during the build an experienced modeler shouldn't have to much problems with the kit.

There are a few points to watch out for though:
- The frames of the forward transparencies are a tad heavy.
- The masks included in the kit don't fit and don't stick very well.
- There are seams that will need to be filled on the wing roots.
- The decals work well but are somewhat on the thick side.

The Great Wall Hobby kit also includes some nice bonuses (a pilot figure, a pair of wheeled inspection platforms and a set of wheel chocks) so it represents a good starting point for an interesting Luftwaffe maintenance diorama.

I want to say a big thank you to Guido Hopp for having arranged an early sample of the kit for this build article. Thanks also to Mark58 (http://www.mark58.oxatis.com) for the custom made display base
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About the Author

About Jean-Luc Formery (TedMamere)

I'm mainly interested in WW2 aircraft and I build them in 1/48 scale.


looks great! the front end looks like a greenhouse a very interesting plane that I was not aware of.
JAN 09, 2011 - 11:58 AM
Beautiful model of and ugly airplane. Very nicely done. "Q"
JAN 09, 2011 - 12:52 PM
Another excellent build, Jean-Luc. As usual, your painting is impeccable, and the weathered whitewash effect was very convincingly executed (though the wintry looking base is reminding me too much how severe this winter has been so far). Regards; Automaton
JAN 09, 2011 - 04:43 PM
I agree with the rest of the gang. Another great build from your side, Jean-Luc. Thanks for sharing
JAN 09, 2011 - 08:15 PM
Hi all, Thank you for your kind comments... The scrubbing removes the hairspray and of course the paint that has been applied over it. In fact think of the hairspray as some kind of varnish that don't resist to water. The Great Wall Hobby kit is way better I think and much easier to build. However, the MPM kit has some nice details which have been forgotten in the GWH kit, especially if you have the Hi-Tech edition. But I wouldn't worry building the MPM kit now that there is a better one available. Jean-Luc
JAN 10, 2011 - 08:06 PM
thanks Jean-Luc paul
JAN 11, 2011 - 01:12 AM
Well done jean-luc. Probably Eduard will come to our rescue with the items borrowed from the MPM kit! Excellent pictures as well, regards, jean;
JAN 11, 2011 - 05:44 AM
Nice work! Respect!
JAN 11, 2011 - 08:17 PM
Thanks again for your kind words...
JAN 14, 2011 - 05:49 AM
Wow, great build Jean Luc. Very impressive! I especially like the engine detail and your whitewash simulation. Nice work.
JAN 15, 2011 - 07:40 AM