Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9
Reviewed by Jerry Crandall
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||Kit No. ST19
|Contents and Media:
||See text below
USD$40.47 from Squadron.com
||Accurate; includes open wheel well
and engine rear section; good fit; many options including open/closed
flaps, cowl flaps etc: very thin and clear canopy parts; engineered for
more variants in the future.
||"Down" position of flaps too
extreme; some detail is simplified (eg tail wheel assembly, cockpit etc);
decals quite thick.
scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 may be ordered online from Squadron.com
I pre-ordered several of Hasegawa's 1/32 scale
Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 kits, and the first one is now completed.
opened the box, the first thing I did was to compare it with the old 1/32
High Grade Dora 9 from Hasegawa. Immediately it was obvious that this is a
totally new kit.
Here are my initial observations about the accuracy, detail, engineering
and buildability of the kit
The overall outline and dimensions are
exact to Abe’s and Seay’s drawings.
A disputed point on the 1/48th
kits is the length of the landing gear and size of the main wheels. The
old high grade kit had metal landing gear which was the proper length
but the Oleo strut was over extended and very thin causing the model to
sit too high, almost stork like. This new kit, the landing gear leg
itself is dead on and Hasegawa has slightly shortened and thickened the
Oleo strut to give it the proper set. The only thing that is left off is
the hydraulic brake line that runs the length of the leg itself. The
wheel supplied in the kit is the smooth tire but is lacking the detail
mold lines of the real tire; nevertheless, it is the exact size. Both
the landing gear leg and the wheels were measured to originals in our
The cockpit assembly is very basic and
will probably satisfy most modelers but there is room for improvement.
There are no seatbelts supplied or acknowledged in the instructions.
The rear portion of the engine that is
visible through the open wheel wells, is made up of several parts
including pipes and tubing that, when put together, forms an open bottom
tub that fits into the fuselage just in front of the cockpit assembly.
When painted and positioned, it looks very convincing. Care must be
taken with regard to installing both the cockpit tub and the wheel well
tub. If these assemblies are not properly in place, this will cause
problems in fitting the wing to the fuselage at a later step.
The tail section is a separate assembly
engineered much like the Bf 109 G kit. The reason for this is, the next
version of the Dora series will offer the Ta 152 metal tail.
Unfortunately the tail wheel, which is the proper size, is molded
together with the tail wheel yoke and is not very convincing.
The exhaust stubs are broken into three
groups to be installed in a shadow box, but unfortunately the exhaust
stubs are solid and have no indentation or hollowed effect at all.
Both the open and shut cowl flap piece are
provided. The system for attaching the radiator cowling is very unusual
The wheel well with its proper open inner
section is combined with the main wing spar, molded with the dihedral
built in which is the heart of the wing assembly, to which the lower and
upper wings are attached.
The flaps are nicely detailed and are
open, but unfortunately the molded-on tabs are angled too severely
causing the open flaps to be almost vertical.
The upper wings have indications for
installation of upper wing outboard cannon bulges for a future type,
possibly a D-11 maybe or is this wing going to be part of a future “A”
series? Unfortunately there are quite a few sink marks in the upper
wings especially where the spar supports are molded inside.
The upper wing has a socket into which the
square plug on the top of the landing gear leg snaps securely
automatically setting the proper forward rake and inward angle that is
difficult to obtain on other Fw 190 kits.
The lower wing armament panel is a
separate piece, which indicates different armament in the future.
The fuselage halves are cleverly
engineered so when they are glued together, the panel lines are in the
proper place, no filling is required. For instance, the panel line on
the top of the rear fuselage between the cockpit and the extended center
section is offset to the starboard as is the real machine.
The spinner and propeller blades are very
accurate and well engineered for assembly.
Both the standard and blown canopy are
provided, beautifully molded and detailed. Attached to the rear of the
headrest is the tube that slides into the groove on the rear cockpit
decking – a nice touch.
Included is an ETC 504 rack and a very
nice E2 light steel drop tank
The upper gun cowling and gun troughs are
molded into one piece. The gun cowling has the early 5 piece style gun
cowl, but they instruct you to fill the panel lines as this cowling is
not appropriate to any of the decals supplied with the kit. They must
plan to do an early 210 series D-9 or “Red 13” from JV 44, in a future
release that requires this 5 piece cowling.
The overall fit is excellent however, I
had problems fitting the wing assembly to the fuselage especially in the
wing root area, but keep in mind I really rushed the construction and
this may not be a problem if you take your time for a normal
construction. It is a little fussy because of the open wheel wells, the
open flaps and installing the separate center section between the wheel
A disappointment, and to me very
noticeable, is the 20 mm cannon barrel that protrudes through the
leading edge of the wing is slightly undersized and is just a plastic
rod so I substituted aluminum tubing which is more convincing.
Decals supplied with the kit are nicely
detailed and registered but are very thick. The “Red 3” for Wubke’s a/c
is the wrong shape. They obviously took this ‘3’ from my book Doras of
the Galland Circus, which at press time, we had to guess at the shape of
the ‘3’. Later, we released our decal sheet EC#14 R after we saw a new
photo and changed the ‘3’ to a more squarish shape. The first word of
the slogan on the side of “Red 1” is misspelled. The correct spelling is
“Verkaaft’s”, not “Verkauft’s”. They do supply the white stripes for the
undersides and a partial black spiral for the rear of the spinner that
shows through on “Red 1”. Unfortunately there is no stenciling such as
“Keine Bombe” for the drop tank.
send more information and photos tomorrow along with a list of EagleParts
that we will be offering as aftermarket resins. In addition, we are
re-printing the Papegei Staffel Doras of the Galland Circus EagleCals #14
in 32nd (the old EC#23-32) and in 48th and 72nd.
Hasegawa's 1/32 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 is nice to
build, it just take a little more time!
Everything fit extremely well, care must be taken
however, at first with installing the cockpit and wheel well tubs. Most of
the seam lines are on actual panel lines so less sanding is required than
for most kits.
The great joy was the fit of the landing gear legs
into the upper wing. They snap into place very solidly and without any
adjusting, they accomplish the exact angles for the correct stance of the
Fw 190. The secondary braces install very easily also.
The canopy installation with its sliding rod into the
track on the upper deck is also a nice touch, so it aligns itself
automatically, therefore the modeler just has to decide in what position
he chooses to place the canopy.
Appropriately I took these photos on top of a D-9
wheel and tire.
this is an excellent kit - nicely engineered with a lot of good touches.
Only a few parts need improvement which we will offer in resin.
is not as easy to build as the Bf 109 series mainly because of the
complicated open wheel well assembly.
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