Airfix 1:24 FW 190 A-5: Adding the Guns!

Having got the wings of the Airfix 1:24 FW 190 A-5  together I started looking for replacements for the MG151 and MG17 barrels.

I had previously purchased what I mistakenly thought were 1/24 MG17 barrels only to find when they were delivered I had in fact ordered the 1/32 scale barrels. Finding no barrels for the canon I decided that I’d settle for opening up the barrels on the kit parts and see what I could achieve.

Airfix 1:24 FW 190

Airfix 1:24 FW 190

After half an hour of careful drilling and sculpting with a fresh scalpel blade I had the barrels hollowed to my satisfaction. I also took the trouble to round the canon barrel ends as they were oval in profile and not round.

Now do I put the barrels in place now? Do I go through the trouble to mask them off or do I simply install them after painting the model? I’ve settled for the latter as it seems to be the route of least resistance. It also means I’m less likely to damage one of the canon or MGs while trying to unmask them.

So here are some pics I’ve taken of the end results, my eldest daughter looked at them and said

“Why did you paint ALL of them when you’re only going to see the very end of the barrels?”

My reply?

“Because I’LL know they are!”  

Just as I’ve painted the canon bays even though they’ll not be seen once closed up.

On other occasions I’ll be the first to admit I’ve only painted what will be seen and on others I’ve painted the whole shooting match! it depends on how I feel and what I want to achieve I guess.

I also took the time to go over some of the panel lines, well actually most of the panels lines. Some of them were quite shallow and the majority were a little soft, so I ran my Tamiya engraving tool over them to crisp them up and the result was quite pleasing.


Further Reading: 

All Posts by NZ FlyBoy on the Focke-Wulf FW 190

List of surviving Focke-Wulf Fw 190s: At least 28 Fw 190 s exist in museums collections and in storage worldwide with 15 Six surviving Fw 190s served with JG 5 during their.…

The Parabellum MG 17 was a German 8x57mm IS calibre aircraft machine gun by Category 8 mm machine guns Category Machine guns of Germany.…


Avid WW2 aviation enthusiast and modeller. Been making model kits since age nine and I now model mostly ww2 model airplanes. (my wife is an understanding one!)

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