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Avia S-91, Czechoslovak Air Force (Done, incl. story & beauty pics)

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Dizzyfugu:
Well, it is actually (also) a tribute to fellow user PantherG, but it will fit here, too - currently on the bench is a further interpretation of PantherG's S-90 profile (see below, more here: http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,29685.1215.html) with some more Soviet genes inside...



Stay tuned, more soon to come!

lancer:
Oh that is NIIIIIIIIIIICE!!!!! 

Do you mind if I 'borrow' it sometime?

Dizzyfugu:
Pls ask PantherG, but he posted this and other stuff for inspirational purposes, I guess. Mine looks slightly different, but I must say that the paint scheme suits the Fw 190 really well, better than expected! Hoepfully I get the thing finished next weekend.

Dizzyfugu:
Here it is - early pics of the finished article. No beauty pics yet, but I will probably be offline for a couple of days, so I wanted to add at least these here. More to come!


1:72 Avia S.91 (NATO Code ‘Finch B’); aircraft 'IF-07' of 2. Letka, 1. SLP, Czechoslovak Air Force (Československé vojenské letectvo); Letňany AB, summer 1950 (Whif/Academy kit conversion) by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Avia S.91 (NATO Code ‘Finch B’); aircraft 'IF-07' of 2. Letka, 1. SLP, Czechoslovak Air Force (Československé vojenské letectvo); Letňany AB, summer 1950 (Whif/Academy kit conversion) by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Avia S.91 (NATO Code ‘Finch B’); aircraft 'IF-07' of 2. Letka, 1. SLP, Czechoslovak Air Force (Československé vojenské letectvo); Letňany AB, summer 1950 (Whif/Academy kit conversion) by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Avia S.91 (NATO Code ‘Finch B’); aircraft 'IF-07' of 2. Letka, 1. SLP, Czechoslovak Air Force (Československé vojenské letectvo); Letňany AB, summer 1950 (Whif/Academy kit conversion) by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Avia S.91 (NATO Code ‘Finch B’); aircraft 'IF-07' of 2. Letka, 1. SLP, Czechoslovak Air Force (Československé vojenské letectvo); Letňany AB, summer 1950 (Whif/Academy kit conversion) by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Avia S.91 (NATO Code ‘Finch B’); aircraft 'IF-07' of 2. Letka, 1. SLP, Czechoslovak Air Force (Československé vojenské letectvo); Letňany AB, summer 1950 (Whif/Academy kit conversion) by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Avia S.91 (NATO Code ‘Finch B’); aircraft 'IF-07' of 2. Letka, 1. SLP, Czechoslovak Air Force (Československé vojenské letectvo); Letňany AB, summer 1950 (Whif/Academy kit conversion) by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


The kit and its assembly:
Another whif inspired by someone else’s idea. This time, the model was inspired by Czech-based fellow user PantherG at whatifmodelers.com, who posted a profile of a Fw 190 A-8 in Czechoslovak Air Force markings, the Avia S-90 - the latter must have been an authentic designation, but I could not find any proof for a service use of the Fw 190 A-8 in the Czechoslovak Air Force?
Anyway, the post-WWII idea had its charm, and I liked PantherG's idea of a rather ugly livery in RLM colors. So much that I decided to build it in hardware form! But, as things evolved, I decided to add a personal twist to the model, taking the original idea one step further.

This led directly to “my” S-91: a re-engined variant of the S-90 – I found parts for a Shvetsov ASh-82 engine in my scrap box, and thought THAT could be a fine alternative…?


1:72 Avia S.91 (NATO Code ‘Finch B’); aircraft 'IF-07' of 2. Letka, 1. SLP, Czechoslovak Air Force (Československé vojenské letectvo); Letňany AB, summer 1950 (Whif/Academy kit conversion) - WiP by dizzyfugu, on Flickr



The basic kit is the Academy Fw-190 A-8, a solid model with some flaws (e .g. a rather clumsy landing gear), but with good fit and overall details. It is mostly built OOB, with only minor mods: The engine cowling was re-shaped with putty, two ram air scoops for the twin turbochargers were added and a chin oil cooler was mounted added. A new propeller with the typical, different radiator fan was scratched from various single parts (I assume there are He 100D, Spitfire and I-210 parts in it!).


1:72 Avia S.91 (NATO Code ‘Finch B’); aircraft 'IF-07' of 2. Letka, 1. SLP, Czechoslovak Air Force (Československé vojenské letectvo); Letňany AB, summer 1950 (Whif/Academy kit conversion) - WiP by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Avia S.91 (NATO Code ‘Finch B’); aircraft 'IF-07' of 2. Letka, 1. SLP, Czechoslovak Air Force (Československé vojenské letectvo); Letňany AB, summer 1950 (Whif/Academy kit conversion) - WiP by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


As an additional design twist the Fw 190 fin was replaced by a leftover Me 163 donation part, making it taller and slightly larger in area. This change was not really necessary, but I wanted to change the Fw 190's classic outline a little, for a more modern and Lavochkin La-9/11-like look.
Unfortunately the model suffered from a major crash from the work bench, just before I wanted to apply decals - the fin was ripped apart. I tried to fix it, but the damage can still be recognized.  :-\


1:72 Avia S.91 (NATO Code ‘Finch B’); aircraft 'IF-07' of 2. Letka, 1. SLP, Czechoslovak Air Force (Československé vojenské letectvo); Letňany AB, summer 1950 (Whif/Academy kit conversion) - WiP by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


The fuselage hardpoint comes from a Hobby Boss Fw 190, but it was left empty. In the cockpit a different seat was added, as well as a Matchbox pilot figure and a scratched gun sight. Hollow steel needles were used as gun barrels on the wings.


Painting and markings:
As already mentioned, I liked the rather ugly choice of camouflage that PantherG suggested for his S-90: RLM 75 & 81 (Grauviolett & Braunviolett, yuck!) from above and RLM 76 for the lower sides. Despite the kit mods I decided to stick to PantherG's original design as much as possible - I just changed the aircraft's squadron, since I found appropriate emblems in the stash (see below). Another motivation was that I wanted to see how sick this would actually look like on a Fw 190…

I used ModelMaster Authentic enamels for the upper surfaces authentic RLM tones (2085 & 2090), and I tried the new RLM 76 from Humbrol (#247) for the lower sides.


1:72 Avia S.91 (NATO Code ‘Finch B’); aircraft 'IF-07' of 2. Letka, 1. SLP, Czechoslovak Air Force (Československé vojenské letectvo); Letňany AB, summer 1950 (Whif/Academy kit conversion) - WiP by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Avia S.91 (NATO Code ‘Finch B’); aircraft 'IF-07' of 2. Letka, 1. SLP, Czechoslovak Air Force (Československé vojenské letectvo); Letňany AB, summer 1950 (Whif/Academy kit conversion) - WiP by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


Comparison of various RLM 76 enamel paint options by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


Compared with the Modelmaster enamel, Humbrol 247 is slightly lighter and recognizably more turquise, almost like RLM 65, and close to Humbrol 128 (FS 36320). In contrast to the poor RLM 83 (Humbrol 253) which I recently used and which failed miserably, the RLM 76 paint is fine: Opaque, good to apply with a synthetic brush, dries up quickly and with an even, matt finish. I hope the horrible 253 enamel is/was just a one-off!


1:72 Avia S.91 (NATO Code ‘Finch B’); aircraft 'IF-07' of 2. Letka, 1. SLP, Czechoslovak Air Force (Československé vojenské letectvo); Letňany AB, summer 1950 (Whif/Academy kit conversion) - WiP by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


After basic painting, the kit received a black ink wash and some dry painting on panels for weathering and visual drama (with Humbrol 155, 140 and 127), as well as some very light dry-brushed silver on leading edges – the aircraft was supposed to look used, but not too worn. Exhaust an soot stains were also added, with grinded graphite.

All interior surfaces were painted in Extra Dark Slate Grey, as a dull alternative to RLM02.


1:72 Avia S.91 (NATO Code ‘Finch B’); aircraft 'IF-07' of 2. Letka, 1. SLP, Czechoslovak Air Force (Československé vojenské letectvo); Letňany AB, summer 1950 (Whif/Academy kit conversion) - WiP by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


The markings were puzzled together, according to the original profile sketch; the Czechoslovakian roundels come from KP Arado Ar 96 and Yak-23 kits. Unfortunately I did not have roundels with white outlines in appropriate size in store, but the blue alternative does not look bad at all.
The tactical code was made from single letters from TL Modellbau. The unit badge, a black bat on yellow ground (a full moon?), comes from the Bilek MiG-21PF kit. The few other stencils etc. were taken from the OOB sheet of the Academy Fw 190 kit.


Beauty pics and background story to come, hopefully next week. :cheers:

PantherG:
OMG....WOOOOW.....  :drink:

 Wunderbar ! ! ! !

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