Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-13
by Roy Long
This conversion used DML's Focke-Wulf Fw190D-9 in 1/48 scale.
Enough has been said about the Trimaster/DML/Italeri/Revel Monogram 190 family that I won't describe general construction except to say this kit displayed all of the common traits of these kits - warped wings and fuselage, scruffy finish etc.
The cannon barrels were replaced with brass tube and wire was used to simulate the brake lines. The wheels were replaced with True Details wheels. I tried several things to replicate the slack antenna wire that was common to Fw190s fitted with blown canopies. I settled on some fine stainless steel wire I had from a previous project. I found that if it was heated over a hot burner on the stove and annealed, it became quite flexible. It worked very well and I didn't have to paint it.
I used the very nice Cooper Details cockpit that was a drop fit and the Engines and Things Fw190D-11/13 resin Conversion set. This set includes the upper cowl and gun cover, two propeller spinners, one with the 20mm cannon aperture and one with the 30mm cannon aperture, larger paddle propeller blades, radiator insert, cowl ring, open and closed cowl radiator flaps. It also includes all the necessary bumps and blisters for the outboard 30mm wing cannons found on the Fw190D-11. These parts all appear to be copies of Trimaster/DML parts and as such will fit fairly well after clean up. The parts are cast in a soft, vinyl like resin that complicates the much required clean up. All the parts had pinholes or mold marks that needed to be filled and sanded. The biggest benefit of this set was its cost, which wasn't more than $7.
The model was painted with a combination of Xtracolor, Aeromaster and ModelMaster paints. The decals came from one of the Kommanduer Fw190D sheets. Weathering was done with artists' inks and pastel chalks.
This kit was an example of Murphy being alive and kicking.
Two or three days before this kit was completed, I called Eagle Editions to place an order and Jerry Crandall told me of the upcoming Eagle File on "Yellow 10" of JG 26. This reference sounds as it would answer many of the questions I had about the complex camouflage and markings of this airplane.
I guess I'll do another one.
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© 2000 by Roy Long
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