Tamiya 1/48 scale "What If"
Fw 190 D-9 Night Fighter
by Greg Ferguson
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 Night Fighter
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The Focke-Wulf Fw190 is probably my favourite WWII aircraft. Having said that however, I am no “Experten” on the subject. I am fairly confident that there was never a Fw190 D-9 Nachtjager, but I am happy to be corrected. If one did exist, it probably looked nothing like this.
Being my first “what-if” project, I found the lack of perceived pressure to create a 100% accurate model somewhat refreshing and an even more relaxing experience than usual.
I much prefer building in 1/32 and 1/24, but in was in the mood for a quick build and had a 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190 D-9 in the stash. Rather than finishing it in standard colours, I decided to make it a little more interesting and tackle it as a Nachtjager.
The modifications made to the basic kit were as follows:
addition of an Ultracast seat (an absolute must);
styrene radar screen added to the instrument panel;
fuse wire for brake lines;
brass tube and wire for gun barrels and antenna arrays on the wings; and
styrene tube and fuse wire for flame dampers.
The aircraft was painted in Gunze RLM66, RLM76 and squiggle pattern in RLM 74/75. Decals came from a Dragon Me262 Nachtjager kit and the Tamiya kit decals (which required a fair bit of softner to bed down).
Now to build one in 1/32 using the Hasegawa kit...
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