by Charles Silverlight
Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-11
Tamiya's 1/48 scale Fw 190D-9 is available online at Squadron.com
The Long Nosed Focke-Wulf
is one of my favourites, I think it stems from reading Pierre
Clostermann's 'The Big Show' too often when I was young. The JV44 Dora's
are particularly fascinating with their varied camouflage, markings and
slogans painted on the side (in this case - probably rude!).
Building a 1/48
Scale Dora 11
the Tamiya 190D-9 with the Eagle Editions D-11 conversion kit. The
interior has been detailed with an Eduard 190D-9 set. I don't know of
any information on the D-11 interior that would indicate a difference to
the D-9. The Tamiya kit goes together nicely, despite the criticisms of
the undercarriage. Although I opened up the wheel well, there's no
engine (shame!), I hadn't heard of the engine insert.
Eagle Editions D-11 kit was fairly straightforward. Lining up the 30mm
cannon fairing panels took some care. They were then filled with
Squadron Green Putty and sanded.
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built up the engine cowlings with green putty to give them a bulge
around the Jumo 213F mountings used on the D-11. I wasn't entirely
convinced that the Eagle Editions D-11 supercharger intake was the
correct shape, I prefer the intake that comes with the D-13 kit.
'cowl flaps' were also something of a concern. On the D-9 the cowl flap
on the starboard side is de-activated (something to do with exhaust
gases and the supercharger intake). On the D-13 they all opened. What
about the D-11? I plumped for de-activated, as it looks this way on the
only photo of this a/c I know of in Brown and Wadman's Experten No.3
I used Hannants Xtracolor
in gloss for the paint job.
I like the colours and decals really go on well without the hassle of
having to use a coat of clear gloss, which to my mind is just another
chance for more dust.
I used Tom Tullis'
camouflage pattern from Jerry Crandall's book. Robert Forsyth (Classic 1
- JV44 The Galland Circus) has argued that the >58 would not have been
visible when the plane was in service, but I liked the look of it so I
added it, and lightly oversprayed it with 76. This nearly went horribly
wrong when applying the final Red 4 decals, the MicroSol softened the
underlying >58 decal and the oversprayed 76 paint cracked, but it
settled down OK and with a very light touch-up was OK. The only
exception to the Tullis interpretation was, having looked at photos, the
0.5m extension was left unpainted aluminium.
decals were again Eagle Editions from their brilliant JV44 set. I
finished it with Aeromaster (now Polly Scale) flat acrylic. I only added
light weathering, as I'm a chicken about overdoing this!
thought the final result was
okay. I hope you
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