I have been working steadily on the AT-6 (Harvard), but this was nagging me…
How can I finish up my Monogram FW 190 since the decals were unusable? Could I use leftover clear decal sheets I had bought a few years ago? I know I can’t use clear aerosol decal fixative spray outdoors in winter?
Necessity is the mother of invention.
I had a few options. To buy overpriced aftermarket decals… To buy another Monogram FW 190 just for the decals… but they could be unusable also… To buy Tamiya FW 190 and use the decals, but get struck with another unbuilt model kit without decals…
Last week necessity had to kick in. I decided then to copy a decal sheet found in this model kit on my color inkjet printer …
I then used a large brush to put four thin coats of clear acrylic paint over the copied decal sheet letting each coat dry for at least 24 hours. I then painted a white undercoat where the decals would go since there is not white background.
All the Me 109 decals have been added and went surprising well. The pitot tube was replaced with one in the spare box. I told my son about the camouflage not been realistic for the time period, but my son did not mind.
I forgot to file the bottom of the cockpit armour plate before glueing it. You can see it.
The decals on the Stuka have been added. I still need to paint the 37mm cannons to finish it for my brother’s birthday next week.
What about the decals for the FW 190?
I got a reply from Revell in Germany. They are not available anymore which is not surprising.
I was tempted to buy another FW 190 on Amazon.ca but only for the decals since the decals which are available online are in my own humble opinion overpriced.
Amazon.ca had two good deals, but when I took a look at my stash, I decided not to add more since it is still growing now that I have received my Tamiya 1/48 scale Me 262.
I will probably scan some decals and make replacement ones for the FW 190.
The Do 335 had been finally completed. The camouflage seen under more light looks better but is not perfect.
All four model kits are waiting for decals. I don’t know what to expect from 20 to 30 year-old decals. We should find that out tomorrow since an acrylic clear coat was applied this morning with a painbrush.
I knew I had to get my hands on another Me 262 model kit. I know I had said I would not buy another model kit, but reading A Higher Call prove to be impossible to keep this promise. Of course I knew the story, but the book tells so much more…
About the crew…
and how they survived, except the tail gunner… and how they were able after to fly a complete tour.
Frank Stigler’s story as well as Charlie Brown’s is worth reading.
You can read some of it here or view this video on YouTube.
As for the Me 262 model kit… well I could not ask my brother to give me back the Me 262 I gave him as a gift.
The only alternative left was buying another model kit.
What about the three kits that are still on hold?
I think having broken my promise will be enough motivation to finish them before the Me 262 arrives in the mail by December 31st.