Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-6
by Dave Miller
Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-6
'White 5" Sturmstaffel 1, Dortmund early 1944.
Hasegawa's 1/32 scale Fw 190A is available online from
Here are four images of the old Hasegawa 1/32 scale Focke-Wulf
Fw 190A-8 kit modified slightly to represent an Fw 190A-6
I took my inspiration from the popular Air War Classics book by Eric
Mombeek, et al. entitled "Sturmstaffel 1, Reich Defence 1943-44, The
In summary, this unit was made up of volunteers whose mission was to
stem the tide of Allied daylight bombing by using unusual tactics.
Their aircraft carried additional armour to help protect the pilot
during the massed attacks against the bomber formations, often from
the rear at close range. Part of the oath taken upon joining the
unit pledges the added measure of ramming the enemy should all other
efforts have failed. In practice this was seldom done.
Construction and Modifications
I found more options for 190 A-8's but considered the kit cowling
gun covers too oddly shaped to try and change with my limited
My additions to this kit were as follows:
5mm steel plates surround the cockpit
on the fuselage were simulated by plastic stock; the rivets were
simulated using a filed -down hypodermic needle tube as a stamp.
30mm Thorax armoured glass on the
sides of the canopy was simulated by shaped and sanded round
Evergreen stock and copper wire.
The leather head rest behind the
pilots head armour was made from blue tack substance solidified by
Hand-holds were carved out below the
windscreen and the leather combing added using round stock.
Eduard photo etched parts were used
for head armour and the storage compartment aft of the cockpit.
True Details supplied the excellent
resin cockpit complete with Revi gunsight.
The odd-looking bulges covering the
cannons near the wing roots were sanded down and re-sculpted using
Panel lines were sanded and scribed.
Some rivet-ghosts remain.
Copper tubing became the cannon
The landing gear struts were
reworked, adding brake lines, details and the rear elbow joint
from plastic stock and graphic tape.
The armoured fist Sturmstaffel emblem decal was made by Mike
Franklin using his considerable graphic skill and an ALPS printer.
He also supplied the white 5. The rest of the decals were Aeromaster
and kit-supplied stencils.
If you build this one, watch out for the joint at the wing
root/fuselage. I had to really spread out the latter to form
anything like a close fit and maintain a dihedral.
The wheel wells are a disaster are as befits a kit of this
generation, but J. Rutman may make that correction an easy task. I
chose to leave this question for another fight.
In the end, this model seems to resemble a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 from
the top and sides!
Review and Images Copyright © 2002 by
Created 12 April, 2002
04 June, 2007
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