As normal, I was playing with my phone when I should have been paying attention during church and stumbled upon a few photos of a downed FW190 that caught my eye.
I was then inspired to recreate the aircraft. I spent some time researching what happened with the crash but was unable to pull up much detail from the story. I took this as an opportunity to add some creative license and not base it on actual events.
I had lying around an 1/48 Eduard FW190 that I bought on sale a while back. this is a great kit with good detail and I felt a bit bad destroying it but it only cost me around $25.
I looked at various techniques involving aluminum foil and other methods but I decided to try my hand at some experimenting. My method was to put in a round cutting bit into my Dremmel and start thinning the plastic from the inside of the airframe. This worked great! All I had to do from here is start denting the wings and literally tearing the fuselage in two. Now that the tail was separated, I had to add some ribbing and wires on the inside. For this i used the usual evergreen plastic and solder wire.
To simulate the damaged ailerons and elevators I used the Dremmel bit to cut it down to the frames. It turned out ok but it did not simulate the fabric too well and wish I went with other methods. I experimented with tape on the rudder and it worked decent.
I didn't do too much damage to the cockpit as I did not want this to be a plane that was out there for decades. The kit came with photo etch belts and I decided to cut them up as they were likely one of the first things to go.
At this point the plane needed more detail. I decided to purchase an Eduard Resin engine to match. The engine was a bit finicky and did not want to mount correctly but the detail is great. Pastels were used to simulate rust on the exhaust.
Since the aircraft was shot down, it needed some bullet holes. On one side of the airframe I drilled out holes and on the other side I used the previously mentioned technique of thinning the plastic to a point where light would be able to be seen through it. I then used a blade to simulate the exit wound. For the canopy I drilled out a hole and added scratches from the stress.
One thing I wish I did was not used the kit decals and used paint. The weathered markings would have looks much more authentic. Live and learn... Beyond that I sprayed the the model with a metallic paint and then used chipping fluid from AK on top. From there i used filters to diffuse the paint and then more oil to represent dirt as well as rain streaks on the side.
Overall, this was one of the most enjoyable projects I have completed. I entered it into a local competition and took a silver as well as a special award for Best Luftwaffe Aircraft.