Hasegawa's 1/32 Scale
Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9
Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9
14./JG 26, Oblt. Hans Dortenmann
images and text by Brett Green
1/32 scale Fw 190D-9 may be ordered online from Squadron
Chris Wauchop has already
built one of Hasegawa's
1/32 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 kits. He has also finished a
Tamiya 1/48 scale
Dora in the markings of Oblt. Hans Dortenmann.
With the recent release of
EagleCals' 1/32 scale sheet covering Dortenmann's Fw 190, Chris decided it
was time to combine some of his favourite markings with one of his
Last time Chris built Hasegawa's big Dora with only minor
modifications. For this project, he included Eagle Editions' 1/32 scale Fw
190D-9 resin replacement cockpit.
Chris was very impressed with the casting and fit of this
set. The modeller is offered the choice of a seat with a harness cast-on
as a single resin part, or a plain seat with separate photo-etched belts.
Chris chose the resin option.
Chris took a different approach to the rivets on the
fuselage this time. He initially wanted to buy a ponce wheel to speed the
task, but could not find a wheel with closely enough spaced teeth. He
therefore simply used the point of a pin to push the rivets into the
plastic of the fuselage sides. This detail was added to the full length of the fuselage from
the nose to the empennage, with special attention to the area around the
In common with his earlier large-scale Hasegawa Dora, other additions and modifications included:
Brass pins added to the
tailwheel strut and oleo to retract the wheel into the fuselage slightly.
A replacement DF loop formed
from a staple securing one of the polythene bags in a Tamiya kit. Chris
uses Tamiya staples exclusively for this task!
The short FuG antenna on the
fuselage was replaced with brass wire, beefed up at the base.
The whip aerial at the end of
the Morane mast was replaced with wire.
Cannon and machine gun barrels
were drilled out with the tip of a scalpel blade.
Hydraulic lines were added from
fine soldering wire.
Aerial was sourced from smoke-coloured
invisible mending thread. The isloators were built up from drops of
Krystal Kleer then painted.
A lens for the gun camera was
added using Krystal Kleer.
The flaps were modified to
reduce the angle of droop.
Chris finished his Dora using decals from EagleCals' 1/32
scale release, EC#60. This set includes four interesting options.
The model represents the aircraft of Oblt. Hans Dortenmann,
Staffelkapitan of 14./JG 26. There are two excellent close-up photos of
the mid fuselage of this aircraft in Axel Urbanke's book, GREEN HEARTS
First in Combat with the Dora 9. Chris based his paint job on the
detailed sample shown in these photos.
This aircraft was typical of many in JG 26, wearing a
black and white RV band and its paintwork having been "greened up" in the
The Testor Aztek A470 airbrush
was used to spray Gunze acrylic paints. Upper surface colours are RLM 83
Dark Green and RLM 82 Bright Green. The lower surfaces are all RLM 76 Light
After the model was painted, Chris polished the fuselage
rivets with a nail buffer. This highlighted the ridges of the rivets.
The decals were now added. They performed perfectly upon
The fuselage crosses were lightly oversprayed, as
suggested by the photos in GREEN HEARTS First in Combat with the Dora
After his customary flat coat over the decals, Chris
thought that the finish looked a little too flat. He added a slight
sheen by spraying a thin coat of Future over the flat finish to complete
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Model by Chris Wauchop
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