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Hasegawa 1/32 Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9

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These aircraft flew top cover for the unit’s departing and returning Me 262s and even though there is no official title for this small group of colourful Doras the word Papagei, meaning parrot, was used by the unit as one of its radio call signs. It is commonly thought that the red and white striped under surfaces of these D-9s and D-11s was adopted for quick recognition by the airfield’s flak gunners.

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The latest illustrations of this aircraft by Tom Tullis show the wing and horizontal tail upper surfaces as being RLM 75 Grey-Violet/ RLM 74 Grey-Green. As I finished this model twelve years ago following Tom’s original interpretation that all the upper surfaces were painted late war RLM 82 Bright Green and RLM 83 Dark Green, that’s the way it’s going to stay!

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Verkaaft’s mei Gwand ‘I foahr in himmel! Sell my clothes I’m going to heaven! It was said that this saying reflected Sachsenberg’s never-say-die attitude and his aggressive fighting spirit. He was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross and survived the war with a total of 104 victories.

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Sell my clothes I’m going to heaven!

 

Hasegawa 1/32 Focke Wulf Fw 190 A-5

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Fw 190 A-5 flown by Oblt. Walter Nowotny, Staffelkapitän of 1./JG 54, Russia, summer 1943.

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After some filling and re-scribing the first major job undertaken was to add the rivet detail. This was achieved with the aid of lots of Dymo tape as a straight edge, this MDC rivet punch and a good set of scale drawings.

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With the scale drawings as a guide, and using a small metal ruler and graphite pencil, the start and end points of the rivet lines were marked out as accurately as possible. An appropriate length of the adhesive Dymo tape was then stuck between the pencil marks and using the rivet punch, the lines of rivets were carefully pressed into the plastic. The spacing between each rivet is done purely by eye and therefore is not 100% accurate but with practice (and I’ve had lots) it becomes fairly automatic and the result quite acceptable.

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In this shot of the left fuselage half, as well as rivets, you can also see some of the detail that has been filled using Milliput.

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The extra effort taken in adding the rivet detail is time consuming but the result, although subtle, makes a big difference to the overall look and surface texture of the finished model.

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In this shot of the almost complete cockpit tub can be seen the canopy guide rails which were added using Evergreen plastic strip.

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Each instrument dial was cut from the kit decal sheet and applied individually. Fiddly, but with these tired old eyes it’s a lot easier than painting ’em!

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Safety harnesses were made from paper-backed lead foil and fine wire bent to shape to form the buckles.

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Undercarriage parts plumbed, painted and waiting for installation.

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The yellow theatre markings and RLM 02 in the wheel wells and flaps were painted first and then masked off with Tamiya masking tape before the main camouflage colours were applied. In this shot the masking has been removed from the wing tips and wheel wells.

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Upper surface colour application begins with the lighter of the two greens. This is my own field mix of RLM 71 Dark Green with about 30% RLM 82 Light Green to try and represent the improvised colour used by the JG 54 ground crews.

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RLM 70 Black Green was used as the second colour for the upper surface camouflage. Masking tape has now been removed from all yellow theatre markings.

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With all camouflage colours applied, masking tape removed and panel lines drawn in with a very sharp 6B pencil, weathering has begun.

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With all painting and weathering complete the model is just waiting for the installation of all its dangly bits.

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In this and the next close-up shot you can see how the rivets just show through the paint.

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All the paint chips were carefully applied using a very sharp Prismacolor silver pencil. The light exhaust staining was achieved by first spraying Tamiya XF 57 Buff and then a patchy overspray of a very thin mix of Tamiya Red Brown and Flat Black. This colour was also used for the main, darker exhaust staining down the fuselage sides and the build-up along panel lines where appropriate.

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The spiral on the spinner was carefully brush painted.

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Nylon mono filament was used for the radio antenna with small drops of white glue for the insulators. The backs of the prop blades were first painted silver and then over-sprayed with RLM 70 leaving the tips silver.

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The yellow markings were also dirtied up using the black/brown mix.

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My favourite angle of the 190. Markings are from EagleCals decal sheet EC#83 FW 190A-5s.

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Hasegawa 1/32 Focke Wulf 190 D 9 flown by Fw. Werner Hohenberg of 4./JG 2 during ‘Operation Bodenplatte’.

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Hasegawa 1/32 Focke Wulf FW190A-8/R2. Photos by Brett Green

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FW 190A-8/R2 as flown by Lt Gustav (Gustl) Salffner of 7/JG 300 in 1945.

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Sallfner was credited with 7 confirmed victories and 7 probables.

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This shot shows the rubber air seal on the front of the rear canopy frame.

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The tail wheel retractor cable was added using stretched sprue.

Hasegawa 1/32 Focke Wulf FW190A-8/R2

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From the Vault

These are some early analogue shots of 1/48 Focke Wulfs taken by Brett Green back in the 90s. All these models were commission jobs, accept for the Trimaster D-9 ‘blue 1’, which is the second, and last, D-9 from this manufacturer that I ever built for myself. The Ta 152 C was the first collaboration build by Brett and me. We split the fee 50/50.

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1/48 Dragon (Trimaster) FW 190 A-8/R2 of 9./JG 54 (III. Gruppe). Photo by Brett Green

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1/48 Dragon (Trimaster) FW 190 A-8/R2 of 9./JG 54 (III. Gruppe). Photo by Brett Green

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1/48 Trimaster FW 190 D-9 of IV/JG 3. This aircraft is believed to have been flown by Oblt Oscar Romm. Photo by Brett Green

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1/48 Trimaster FW 190 D-9 of IV/JG 3. This aircraft is believed to have been flown by Oblt Oscar Romm. Photo by Brett Green

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1/48 Tamiya FW 190 D-9  of 6./JG 6. Photo by Brett Green

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1/48 Tamiya FW 190 D-9 of 7./JG 26. Photo by Brett Green

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1/48 Tamiya FW 190 D-9 of 7./JG 26. Photo by Brett Green

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1/48 Tamiya FW 190 D-9 of 7./JG 26. Photo by Brett Green

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1/48 Trimaster Fw Ta 152 C. Photo by Brett Green

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1/48 Trimaster Fw Ta 152 C. Photo by Brett Green

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1/48 Trimaster Fw Ta 152 C. Photo by Brett Green

Black and White album

For years I have loved trying to emulate the old b/w photos of WWII. I used to do this when I worked in photography and had access to b/w darkroom facilities, but those days are long gone and I have only recently discovered the joys of Photoshop. Here are the results of quite a few hours of experimentation and luck. I have included the original colour shots at the bottom of the post.

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Hasegawa 1/32 Me bf 109 G6 as flown by Lt Eric Hartman Russian front ’43.

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Hasegawa 1/32 Me bf 109 G6, Eric Hartman. From the other side.

Hasegawa 1/32 Fw 190 D9 JV44

Hasegawa 1/32 Fw 190 D9 of JV44 as flown by Lt Heinz Sachsenburg. The slogan on the fuselage is a Bavarian saying and reads ‘Verkaaft’s mei Gwand ‘I foahr in himmel!’  (Sell my Clothes I’m going to heaven!). There were several of these D9s that flew top cover for the units Me 262s when they were in their vulnerable takeoff and landing stages. These Fw 190s had their bellies painted red with white stripes so as to be more easily identified by their own AA gunners.

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Hasegawa 1/32 Fw 190 D9 of JV44 as flown by Lt Heinz Sachsenburg.

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Dragon 1/35 Sd.Kfz. 251/22 Ausf. D Czechoslovakia May ’45.The 251/22 with its Pak 40 gun is a real favourite of mine. I shot this one in black and white so there is no colour original.

Original colour shots before Photoshop

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Revell 1/32 He219 A-7

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This model is a third generation test shot built by Brett Green and painted and detailed by me.

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The model represents an aircraft from I NJG 1. The blue codes indicate that this plane was probably part of the Stab flight of this squadron.

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Not sure what the dark panels on the tail fins leading edges indicate but they were a feature on this and most other He219s.

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Good shot showing the radar array. This was scratch built using fine brass tube and wire.

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In this shot the tail warning radar antenna is shown, but I don’t think that this aircraft was actually fitted with this device.

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The upper surface pattern was achieved by spraying a ‘lattice’ of RLM76 Light Blue over a solid RLM75 Grey Violet base (as it was done in reality). A full build article by Brett and me will appear in Issue 21 of ‘Military Illustrated Modeller’.

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1/32 Hasegawa FW190A8-R8 ‘Rammjaeger’ flown by Klaus Bretschneider.