Trumpeter's 1/24 scale
by Carsten Christ
Trumpeter's 1/24 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 is available online
Here is my latest project for HyperScale - the Focke-Wulf
Fw-190D-9 - a big 1/24 bird from Trumpeter (ITEM NO. 02411).
My model shows the “Yellow 11” (in German it’s called “Gelbe Elf”) of
II/JG2, one of the last D9 in spring 1945. Unfortunately, information
and pictures about this fighter are scarce.
But let me say, that Trumpeter’s painting and marking guide is
completely wrong – especially the lower surface, which consisted a lot
of untreated metal and aluminium.
The kit contained a lot of flaws while building:
engine block was
too long, so the cooler hood won’t fit, until it was shorten 3 mm
the air intake
contained no rivets
too many spelling mistakes (i.e. “Haubenabwurf qurchsprngladung”,
which should be “Haubenabwurf durch Sprengladung”, etc.)
especially the charger, has nothing to do with the real engine. In
generally, it’s very simple detailed
functional suspension strut (on the landing gear) has too much axial
play. This resulted in crooked wheels.
the leading edge
of the upper and underside of the wings won’t fit 100%. So it was
necessary to rebuild the edge and it’s panel lines and rivets
manually by hand.
In addition to these corrections, I also made the following additions
to my Dora:
The seat belts are from Eduard and
actually for 1/32
Brake lines had been added, using
fine wire and rubber hoses
Wing canons were made of brass tubes
Isolators (aerial) were made of fine
wire, using a micro drill for the winding
MG hood is fully functional, hinges
between MG hood and front cockpit had been realised with a 0.15mm
micro drill and fine copper wire as splint pin
instruments dials and the gun camera
lens were filled with Kristal Clear
model had been painted using colours from Gunze, Tamiya, Alclad II and a
flat finish coat using the new aqua based acrylics from Revell. Of
course, every spraying work was done using my Aztek 470.
The natural steel colour on the underside is a first base of Alclad II
Dural Alumnium and a second light and transparent coat of Tamiya Light
The Green-Grey color of the fuselage is Tamiya Sky.
Washing and Weathering was done with artist oil paints from Lukas and
Daler-Rowney, Bob Ross odourless thinner and colour pigments from Kremer
(I don’t know, if someone knows the German company Kremer in Australia).
The panel and rivets shading was done with a heavily thin mix of red
brown / black and the Aztek.
Click on the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
|Focke-Wulf Fw 190
Modelling Manuals 20
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
May 25, 2002
Details: 64 pages; ISBN: 1841762687
Model, Images and Text Copyright ©
2006 by Carsten Christ
Page Created 26 May, 2006
Last Updated 21 February, 2007
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