As my Bang for the Buck series continues, I find it compelling that potential topics do not cease to pop in. All that I need to do to find one is to scan my laden display cupboards!
The Dragon Focke-Wulf Fw 190A/F variants became Bang for the Buck products ever since Eduard produced their 1/48 version. The Dragon kits are currently available for about 1/3 of the price of the Eduard kit. Not only that you get a bargain kit; the the quality and detail embedded in the Dragon kit is still very good by any standards. Personally, I find the Dragon kit superior to other Fw 190 kits in 1/48 scale simply because over the years I got accustomed to its features. Admittedly, I also refuse to to be overly impressed by the perfectly crisp panel lines and fine moulding of the most modern kits just for the sake of it.
Dragon aircraft kits in general are a chore to assemble because of the stubborn seams, joints and sub-components that refuse to rest where they belong. Nonetheless, war era aircraft never had the smooth surfaces and sleek lines. Therefore, tackling the Dragon kits using different construction methods will result with highly diversified texture patterns that reflect well the actual condition of the real aircraft.
Since the Dragon Fw 190s became abundant in the market, the opportunity to dwell on the seemly endless camouflage patterns and variant heterogeneity should not be missed. Using little aftermarket products, or none if that is your choice, it is possible to build a challenging model that has a unique appeal and looks very much like the original down to the 1/48 scale.
For photographs in this article, I picked a group of six Focke Wulf models that were the easiest to reach as I opened my display cabinet - I have many more of them! As you may observe, some mistakes and glitches are there to be fixed but I retained those (because I was lazy and) to demonstrate how good the models look even if they are in a less than perfect condition.
Here are some points to consider when building the Dragon's Fw 190A:
Happy Wurger modelling!