Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9
by Franck Oudin
Some might say ha, another Focke-Wulf Fw190 D-9!
Admittedly, this subject is fairly popular in the modelling community. I really like that aircraft, so there are two good reasons to build one more. I also had the luck (or maybe the cash) to afford an original Trimaster kit.
I will not go into detail about construction because the fit of this kit is just perfect. Instead, I will explain the painting.
I chose to depict Black 14, a Dora from JG26 captured at the end of the war in Germany. I decided to build this aircraft because of the strange design around the exhaust and the Natural Metal Finish under the wing.
The paint job started with an overall base coat of SNJ. I then polished the underwing with powdered aluminium pigment followed by a coat of clear gloss coat to protect the metallic finish.
The underwing was masked and sprayed with "RLM 84" (Gunze H-74). The fuselage sides were then masked and the upper surfaces sprayed freehand with RLM 82 and RLM 83. The camouflage coats were sealed with Clear, then panel lines received a wash of thinned enamel paint.
Time for decals! I used the excellent EagleCals decals. They settled down without any problems with just a little bit of setting solution.
Finishing details including the landing gear were cemented with 5 minute epoxy glue, which I have found to be much more robust than superglue for white metal parts.
When the model was finished I mixed 7 parts of Tamiya X-22 and 3 parts of Tamiya X-21. This mix was thinned and sprayed over the entire aircraft, followed by a little post shading with Sail Color (Gunze H-85)
Et Voila! A nice Fw190 D-9 - well at least to me!
I used the Green hearts book from Eagles Editions as reference This aircraft is featured in one of the photographs and a colour profile.
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