- Product Name : Fw 190 D-9 Papagei Staffel
- Product Number : 1611
- Manufacturer : Academy Models
Fw 190 D-9 Papagei Staffel – 1/72
This is a very nice kit by Academy Models wich tooling dates back to the 1990s.
The kit is comes in 3 Grey Plastic Sprues, plus the transparent canopy, wich includes early and late versions, both can be build with open or closed positions.
Overall detail is very good with fine recessed panel lines, and beside it’s age, still up to nowdays standards.
The decals are okay-ish with some imperfections up close, and there are two versions of the famous Papagei Staffel from Galland’s Jagdverband 44.
Considering it’s a very cheap kit, the value for money here is very, very good.
Like always, the build starts with the cockpit. I added Photo Etched Seat Belts and made a Putty seat cushion for the pilot. Painted with Acrylics and weathered with water colour pencils. There is no decal for the instrument panel, but the raised detail is very good, so one should paint it quite easly,
I opened the acess hatch on the fuselage and added some Scratch Build details for the interior.
Everything was made with sprue and plasticard but the fuel tank, wich is a milk-shake straw.
With the cockpit and interior done I glued everything together and the fit was very good. Just the usual sanding between the two halves and no Putty needed at all.
I also added rivets all over the aircraft using Master Tolls Riveter. The little hole over the acess hatch is the fuel tank cap, another scratch build detail.
Painting was very straight foward. The kit has decals for the white stripes but I prefer to paint them. Red and White are Arcus paints and the camouflage was done freehand using Mr Colors RLM range.
Now the Achilles Heels of the kit: the decals. They are thick and not that bad, but they are not very good either. At first I had silvering on the crosses on the wings and needed lots Mr Mark Softer to make them sit tight on the model. The decals are usable, but you’ll need some work here to get good results.
Also, swastikas are not included, so I used aftermarkets.
Some subtle weathering on the aircraft followed by matte varnish and the model is completed. I built a simple base for her and added some vintage Preiser figures to it.
I really enjoyed building this kit, and even if there is other 1/72 Papagei around (like Tamiya’s), this low priced kit should result in a absolutely beauty if you give it some love and attention. Be careful with the decals and you should have a very straight foward and easy build. Highly recommended.
Here are some photos os the finished model: