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Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-13

by Roger Fabrocini
 

Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-13
Yellow 10, JG 26

 


Tamiya's 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 is available online from Squadron.com

 

Introduction

 

This started out as Tamiya's Focke-Wulf Fw190D-9 in 1/48 scale, converted to a D-13.

The model represents "Yellow 10", the personal mount of Geschwader Kommodore Major Franz Gotz of JG26. The history of this ultra-rare aircraft is well documented in Eagle Files EF#2, Yellow 10, by Jerry Crandall.

 

 

The Kit

 

This build started with Tamiya's FW190D-9 kit, but half of it is ended up being from after market sources:

  • Wurger Mechanics D-13 full fuselage resin conversion set (full fuselage, wheels, prop & spinner)

  • Model Design Construction D-9 update suite (corrected wheel well, engine, interior)

  • Eagle Editions corrected cowling

  • Eduard photo etched set

  • Moskit exhaust

  • Eaglecals #19 decals for "Yellow 10"

 

 

Of note is the fit and finish of the fuselage conversion. It comprises beautifully presented castings that fit as well as the original kit parts, with all changes included. The MDC parts are also top notch, with no fit problems experienced. Both are highly recommended.

 

 

Painting and Markings

 

My model was primed with Mr. Resin Primer and Mr Surfacer 1000.

The natural metal finish of the wings was acheived with Alclad II Aluminum, shaded with Dura-Aluminum.

 

 

After the primer, the aircraft was preshaded with Tamiya dark gray. Camouflage colors are from Gunze - RLM 76 undersurfaces, RLM 75 uppersurfaces, with RLM 82 & 83 mottling.

All colors were lightened with white, mixed with Tamiya thinner and Liquitex flow enhancer and permitted to dry slowly. I find that this combination helps keep the paint flowing while doing long camouflage sessions. Just make sure you allow more time for the paint to dry before gloss coating.

The spinner is Gunze Light Green #H319, prop blades are Gunze RLM 70.

All national markings were painted using a combination of Eduard and Tally-Ho masks, as was the Reich Defense bands. Gunze Tire Black, Off White and White were used. I do realise that one glaring omission is the lack of overspray of RLM 82 over the Reich bands. I have to laugh at myself sometimes!

 

 

Conclusion

 

Overall, this was an enjoyable build, though expensive.

My own critique is that the finish is a little "washed out" - I'll have to work on that).

 

 

I have to say with all the excellent extra parts and such well documented references, I don't know how I could "mess" this one up.

Thanks to Robert Stephenson from Wurger Mechanic, Jerry Crandall, Brett Green and everyone on this site.

 

 

Additional Images

 

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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2003 by Roger Fabrocini
Page Created 25 June, 2003
Last Updated 17 March, 2004

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