Stab./JG 4 "Provisional"
by Kelly O'Brien
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Many photos exist of this aircraft subject belly-landed at Rein
Main airfield Germany. Some recent speculation suggests that the black
white photographs hide the identity of the Jagdgeschwader.
Now, there is belief that this could be a JG 2 aircraft. Until then
the tail bands will remain JG 4. Who flew this plane in combat? This
is yet another unanswered question.
Trimaster made a great kit! This is their 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw
190D-9. It is the most accurate kit of the Fw190D-9 containing a lot
of photoetch parts, plus metal landing gear.
I added the following to this wonderful kit:
Aries Junkers Jumo 213A engine
components of Verlinin Fw 190D-9
Eduard Fw190 landing flap kit, and
True Detail wheel-tire set
Detail Master fittings, solder,
pulleys, and plug wire
Eagle Cals, Kommandeur, and AMD
Many details were also scratchbuilt. I made correct engine bearers
before the Aries D-9 set was released. The engine plumbing was a
research project in itself. I created a complete diagram from
fragmented Company drafts and photographs. From this the plumbing was
created and installed.
The apparatus that holds the radiator is soldered brass. Exhaust
manifolds made of scorched copper were built around the Moskit
Brake lines, Undercarriage control lines were added. Antenna is
dental floss with solder insulators.
Materials include lots of superglue, and Micro Scale Krystal Kleer.
For paint, I mixed all of the colors from automotive lacquers;
automotive clear lacquer was used to blend-in the decals.
The many photographs of the fighter plane reveal most of the upper,
and lower surface colors, and patterns well with the exception of the
wings. Through careful study I have been able to completely document
the lay out of the camouflage-makings with one exception. On many
600xxx series birds the trailing half of the wing undersurface is
natural metal. This area is not visible as, in the photo, the plane is
on it's belly so I flipped a coin.
All of the visible colors were precisely mapped out, and faithfully
reproduced here on the model. Where colors are concerned I believe
this is the proper combination. On photographs the color on the tail
is much darker than any other color on the plain. My interpretation
was therefore the dark version of Brown Violet 81 sometimes applied to
Focke-Wulfs. All the colors, and schemes are loyally reproduced to
create as accurate a model as possible.
Although I spent over two years researching and building this
creation, the results would not be as accurate without the assistance
of the following: IPMS, James V. Crow, Jerry Crandall, and E. Brown
Ryle. Thank you Mr. Green for your online marvel!
Model and Text Copyright © 2001
by Bryan McDermott
Images Copyright © 2001 by Kelly O'Brien
Page Created 31 May, 2001
Last Updated 04 June, 2007
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