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Tamiya Focke Wulf Fw190D-9 JV44 1/48

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Tamiya Focke Wulf Fw190D-9 JV44 1/48
Posted by Aggieman on Saturday, November 13, 2021 9:48 PM

My latest is a Dora (but not an explorer) from Tamiya - the Focke Wulf Fw190D-9.

I had built a Dora by Monogram Pro-Modeler a few years ago, but the paint scheme featured on the box art was irresistable.  I was a bit dumb-founded by the attention gathering underside of red with white stripes until I actually read about this squadron.  The underside was painted this way for a very good reason, as P-51s were ambushing the otherwise difficult to dogfight Me262s upon landing or taking off.  The red and white provided easy identification from ground-based gunners. 

The kit provides decals for the white stripes, but I opted to paint them instead.  The top side paint I used came from a Vallejo set for late war Luftwaffe subjects.  I used Mission Models Paints for the underside.

Tamiya has a well-earned reputation as producing the best kits, but one complaint I have on many of their 48th scale subjects is that damn decal for the seat harness.  That thing is just ridiculous.  So I did some online browsing until I found something new to me, a 3D decal set made by Quinta Studios.  These are decals and function exactly like the decals we find in all of these kits we like to build, but they literally appear 3D. They are attached with white glue.  The cockpit has some nice details with that Quinta Studios set.

This kit goes together like a typical Tamiya kit, although I did have some difficulty attaching the lower wing to the fuselage (despite having no issues when I dry-fitted that part).

Next up I plan to finish out my Thunderbolt family with Dora Wings' 1/48 P-43 Lancer with previous builds earlier this year of the P-35 and the P-47.

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Saturday, November 13, 2021 10:23 PM

Very striking paint scheme that is well executed.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, November 13, 2021 11:14 PM

Well done, Stephen.  That underwing paint has always seemed odd to me, but I guess there was a good reason for it.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by disastermaster on Sunday, November 14, 2021 7:29 PM

Aggieman

 

Man - those colors look terrific!

You did a really fine job here.

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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, November 14, 2021 8:33 PM

Wonderful work! The colors look spot on. You really captured the essence of that late war bird. Congrats. 

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, November 14, 2021 8:37 PM

Nice job Aggieman.  Love the Dora.  Any explanation for the underside scheme?

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Chemteacher on Sunday, November 14, 2021 9:38 PM
Fine work.

On the bench: Revell-USS Arizona; Airfix P-51D in 1/72

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, November 14, 2021 10:12 PM

Very flashy livery!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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Posted by seastallion53 on Monday, November 15, 2021 12:16 AM
I heard it was recognition so they were not shot at over their own airfield while trying to protect Me-262s landing or taking off from allied a/c.
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Posted by Real G on Monday, November 15, 2021 3:14 AM

Very nicely done!  Such an iconic scheme for the Dora!

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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  • From: Katy, TX
Posted by Aggieman on Monday, November 15, 2021 5:59 AM

keavdog

Nice job Aggieman.  Love the Dora.  Any explanation for the underside scheme?

 

Seastallion has the explanation, but in short, it was to guard against friendly fire from ground gun emplacements.

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