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FW-190 A-8

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:01 am
by TP_Andy
Another one gathers the dust (teehee) on my shelf :Dodgy

https://photos.app.goo.gl/fFZto3xmKLAEPxw46

Focke-Wulf FW-190 A-8, Major Karl Kennel, Schlachtgeschwader 2, Parchim - Germany, April 1945.

Karl Kennel was born on 17 January 1914 at Pirmasens in Pfalz. He eschewed his career as a policeman in Ludwigshaven to join the Luftwaffe on 9 May 1935. He underwent military training at Schleissheim before learning to fly at Weimar and Oldenburgh. At the beginning of World War 2, Unteroffizier Kennel was serving with I./ZG 76 operating twin-engined Bf 110 fighters from Varel. His first victory was gained over a French aircraft over Dunkirk. During the French campaign he flew 48 missions in support of ground forces. He also added two further aerial victories to his tally. Kennel then flew with II./ZG 2 flying about 30 fighter-bomber missions against airfields and naval targets in southern England. In spring 1941 he participated in the invasion of the Balkans. On 1 June, he was promoted Leutnant. During the invasion of Russia, Kennel flew mainly ground-attack missions. During 1942, the unit re-equipped with Me 210 twin-engined fighter bombers. On 16 March 1942, Kennel was awarded the Deutches Kreuz in Gold. In April 1942, Kennel was appointed Staffelkapitan Erg.-Zerstörer-Gruppe based at Deblin-Irena. He led the unit until September. In October 1942, Oberleutnant Kennel was appointed Staffelkapitän of 5./Sch.G 1 operating over the middle and southern areas of the Eastern front. The unit was equipped with the Fw 190 single-engined fighter-bomber. On 19 September 1943, Kennel was awarded the Ritterkreuz for 500 combat missions and 28 victories. In October 1943, Kennel was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of I./SG 152 based at Prossnitz (Prostějov CZ). By July 1944 the unit was based around Vienna. Kennel was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./SG 2 on 29 July 1944. During this time the unit provided fighter cover for Oberst Hans-Ulrich Rudel’s Panzerjagdstaffeln during the retreat across Rumania and Hungary. Hauptmann Kennel was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 666) on 25 November for 800 missions. He received promotion to Major on 30 January 1945. He flew his last combat mission of the war on the morning of 8 May.
Karl Kennel flew 957 combat missions and recorded 34 victories. Three of his victories were recorded over the Western front.

Victories : 34
Awards : Knight`s Cross with Oak Leaves
Units : ZG 26, ZG 2, Sch.G 1, SG 152, SG 2

(courtesy http://www.luftwaffe.cz/kennel.html)

As for the kit: it is an ex-form of Dragon packed now by Italeri in 1/48th scale. Fairly nice details, includes basic photo-etched parts, too, lots of camouflage schems to choose from. However, when completing wings and fuselage together, I had really bad time with fitting them so as no gaps were present. Loads and loads of cement, putty and swearing went into that part of building but there is a good chance I missed something when prepairing the parts - my dad builded this one a few years earlier and did not encountered the issues I had. Other than that this shrike was great fun to build, especially with this colorful camo.

Re: FW-190 A-8

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:43 am
by Dutch
Effective camo against that concrete!

Nice one Andy.

Re: FW-190 A-8

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:58 am
by Reggie
Nicely done Andy - that is great camo :Thumbup

Re: FW-190 A-8

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:11 pm
by Gosho
Beautiful, Andy - well done!

Re: FW-190 A-8

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:29 pm
by Sparky
Well done. How do you find the time?

The backlit, head-on photo on the wet (appearing) pavement is my favorite photo. Very nice work and nice detailed story.

Re: FW-190 A-8

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:26 am
by TP_Andy
Sparky wrote:
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:29 pm
Well done. How do you find the time?
Very hardly :D since I am working and studying now, I usually finish about one model each year, give or take. However, this one was laying around for about three or Four years around as I kept setting it away due to aforementioned difficultues with building and/or lack of interest and the "right mood." I think at least two other projects were finished before I finally put this one together. But as I said, in the end it was quite fun and I am very happy with the final result. The long delays allowed me to improve in many techniques, especially airbrushing.

Next up: Zlín Z-226 MS in our aeroclub towplane livery and Aero L-29 Delfín.

Re: FW-190 A-8

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:10 pm
by charlie
Nice work Andy, interesting scheme and I love those late war colours. It would be nice to see it photographed on a plain white or black background so the colours and details really stand out!

Re: FW-190 A-8

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:10 am
by TP_Andy
charlie wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:10 pm
Nice work Andy, interesting scheme and I love those late war colours. It would be nice to see it photographed on a plain white or black background so the colours and details really stand out!
Thanks Charlie, will try to make some plain shots over the weekend.

Re: FW-190 A-8

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:12 pm
by TP_Andy
TP_Andy wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:10 am
charlie wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:10 pm
Nice work Andy, interesting scheme and I love those late war colours. It would be nice to see it photographed on a plain white or black background so the colours and details really stand out!
Thanks Charlie, will try to make some plain shots over the weekend.
Photos on a plain background added to the album. :Not