Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9
by Doowan Lee
Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9
Tamiya's 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw
available online from
This is Brown 31, a Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 flown
by Uffz. Walter Stumpf with 7./JG 26.
I used a Tamiya 1/48 Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 with
Verlinden's detail set and some parts from MDC's Fw 190D-9 correction set.
MDC's update set was absolutely gorgeous while the kit and update set did
require a lot of work and correction. I started with the wings. As
documented in great detail, the Tamiya kit suffers from a number of
inaccuracies. I corrected the ejector chutes and wheel well. I cut off the
molded landing gear indicators and replaced them with scratch-built ones.
The engine and firewall went on without too much trouble. I just had to
add a jumble of wires and tubes. I used Moskit's beautiful exhaust pipes.
Fitting parts from the Verlinden set to the Tamiya's
was not easy. This entailed countless hours of dry-fitting, puttying,
sanding, superglueing, unsuperglueing, and a lot of what-the-hell-am-I-doing?s.
I used MDC's spinner and propellers. These are absolutely gorgeous. I
drilled out small holes to simulate bolts on the spinner. Compared to the
stock parts, MDC's parts look sharp and correct. I think I will use them
for all my Doras.
I lengthened the landing gears and added brake lines.
However, the result of the lengthened struts was not
quite as good as I expected because I forgot to increase the length of the
supporting arms. As a result, the landing gears are tilted a bit too much
inward, partially canceling the effect of the lengthened main struts.
Well, I will get it right next time.
I used MDC's beautifully cast wheels and tires. The
tail wheel service panel was opened to reveal the inside. These parts were
I used the cockpit that came with the Verlinden update set. However, its
PE instrument panel was so disappointing, I remember Verlinden used sharp
PE parts and films for other 1/48 update or detail sets. Strangely, the Fw
190D-9 update set only comes with a PE part that has vaguely shaped dials.
I used Italeri's Fw-190D-9 instrument panels instead. I am not really
thrilled with the result, but it's bearable (I didn't have MDC's cockpit
at that time).
I used Eduard Accessories' PE Luftwaffe seatbelts for
the shoulder harness since the seat came with the Verlinden set did not
have them. For a while, I couldn't find the cigar-shaped drop fuel tank
for Brown 31. Finally I realized that the Verlinden Fw 190 underwing set
included the right drop tank. I hesitated to buy a whole set just for one
drop tank, but had no other choice!
I used Eagle Cals' decals. The airplane was painted
according to the instructions of the decal sheet. I painted the fuselage
in a scheme of RLM 76, Green-Blue, RLM 82 and RLM 83. For the underside, I
use RLM 76 and Green-Blue, slightly deviating from the instructions.
According to "Green Hearts: First in Combat with the Dora 9", this is a
possible color combination. Instead of using just RLM 76, I decided to use
The black/white RVD bands were also masked and
airbrushed. After a coat of Future and flat lacquer, the decals looked
like painted. I washed the model with oil paint and pastel. Another flat
coat finally completed the project.
Looking at the Dora sitting next a Bf 109E, I
realized it's a big bird.
Overall, I really liked building this Dora. I suspect
I will be building quite a few of them, as I hear the Dora has such an
effect on modelers.
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