The 1/32 Frog kit of the FW 190 A-7 by Ted Mottram
 
Josef 'Pips' Priller was a German fighter ace from WW2 who survived the war.  He became well known thanks especially to the film, 'The Longest Day', when one event propelled him to the front of the history books.  Despite suffering from a hangover from the night before, and still rather the worse for wear, he and his wingman, Heinz Wodarczyk, made a single straffing run over Sword beach on D-Day.  They were flying the FW190 A-8, and made one of the very few Luftwaffe attacks on the beachead on that famous day.  Considering the huge allied air superiority and ground/naval AA defences, they were very lucky to get away with it, and little wonder they didn't go back for a second run!
 
Pips survived the war (his friend and wingman was not so fortunate), and finished it with a score of 101 victories after over 1300 combat missions.  His tally included no less than 68 Spitfires, the highest of any German pilot over the Spit.  All the other assorted victories covered Western aircraft, none from the Russian front.  Having lived to be an advisor on the filming of 'The Longest Day' (still one of my favourite films) he died from a heart attack in 1961.  What had he done for a living since the war?  I guess befitting a man who was suffering a hangover when he flew his most famous mission,... he ran a brewery!
 
Marvellous now then to bring you the end result Ted Mottram's build of a classic 1/32 Frog kit of the FW 190 A-7, plus some additional detail, and the marking of Pips Prillers aircraft from the Normandy period.  Released in the mid-1970s, the old Frog kit is quite a rarity these days, and for younger modelelrs they may not even remember the brand name.  I built many Frog kits when I was a lad, though sadly never one of their large scale ones.  Well known for his excellent figure painting skills, this is one of those subjects where Ted moved out of his usual comfort zone, and what a marvellous job he has made of it.  I am pleased to bring you this photo feature as a result of his blog, and if you have missed it, there is a link to it below, so you can see what he did to produce this well finished model.