Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9

by Chris Wauchop

 

text and images by Brett Green

 

Introduction

Chris Wauchop must really like Hasegawa's 1/32 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9, released earlier in 2003. This is the third time that he has built the kit this year!

Chris wanted to build his third large-scale Dora as soon as he heard that Eagle Cals were issuing their JV 44 "Papagei Staffel" markings in 1/32 scale. As soon as the decals arrived, Chris set to work.

 

 

The main reference sources included a photo on page 16 of Jerry Crandall's book, "Doras of the Galland Circus". We decided to try to reproduce this photo using the model and Photoshop to age the image. The result can be seen at the top of the page.

 

Construction

The model was built with relatively few modifications. The kit cockpit was used, but the seat was thinned. Buckles from Eagle Editions' cockpit set were used on strips of lead foil to represent the harness straps.

Selected lines of rivets were added using the point of a pin to push the rivets into the plastic of the fuselage sides. This detail was added to the full length of the fuselage from the nose to the empennage, with special attention to the area around the cockpit.

 

 

In common with his earlier Hasegawa Doras, Chris also made the following modifications:

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Brass pins added to the tailwheel strut and oleo to retract the wheel into the fuselage slightly.

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The short FuG antenna on the fuselage was replaced with brass wire, beefed up at the base.

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The whip aerial at the end of the Morane mast was replaced with wire.

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Cannon and machine gun barrels were drilled out with the tip of a scalpel blade.

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Hydraulic lines were added from fine soldering wire.

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Aerial was sourced from smoke-coloured invisible mending thread. The isloators were built up from drops of Krystal Kleer then painted.

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A lens for the gun camera was added using Krystal Kleer.

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The flaps were modified to reduce the angle of droop.

 

Painting, Markings and Weathering

The model was painted using the Testor Aztek A470 airbrush. The lower surface of the model was painted white before being masked with 3mm wide strips of Tamiya masking tape. Red was then sprayed over the bottom of the wings and fuselage. Removal of the masking tape revealed the striking and colourful recognition markings of the Galland Circus.

 

 

The spinner of the real aircraft appears to have been originally painted with a white spiral on a base of Black Green. The white spiral may still be faintly seen under the new yellow spinner cap, and the rear section has been painted out with either a fresh coat of Black Green, or black. Chris carefully masked and sprayed these interesting details.

 

 

Markings were sourced from Eagle Cals' 1/32 scale sheet EC#14, "Doras of the Galland Circus". The decals performed flawlessly.

The various stains and exhaust streaks were applied by airbrush. The significant chipping along the wing walks and the rear of the canopy was added using a silver artist's pencil.

 

 

More Pictures

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Copyright 2003 by The Testor Corporation