Part 1) Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 "DORA 1" from Fieseler By: Marek Vrzák

Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9  "DORA 1"  from  Fieseler  By:Marek Vrzák

Manufacturing: Upon completing the previous Corsair F4U-1D "white 167" a few years ago, I had a thought about what I would continue to build. I knew it would again be a time consuming task for a very detailed and open model, in which I wanted to bring in more reality, not only to rivet the surface, but also to show a curved or crumpled surface with a scalpel on each rivet.
Eventually the choice falls on another favorite WWII fighter - Focke Wulf FW 190D-9 "Dora" which for me is definitely the best of a wide range of Focke Wulf types. Unfortunately, for a long time, this particular model I chose. I was left alone with a combination of camouflage top shades of dark green and gray-purple, as well as a white cone spiral and a stronger shaft identification unit. After receiving numerous publications and materials for construction and design. I decided to build a beautiful Dora "black 1" W. Nr. 600150, owned by Stab / JG4. It was manufactured from October to December 1944 and was one of the first production units of the Gerhard Fieseler Werke (GFW) plant, one of the four "Dora" production plants.
At the end of the war there was a "black 1" that was discovered in good condition, in the advanced US troops hidden in the woods at Frankfurt Rhein-Main Airport.
Build: For the build I bought two Dora kits ... Very good quality Tamiya plus the brand new Eduard kit. Gradually I also bought all the necessary accessories. Since almost all the accessories were designed mainly for the Tamiya kit, I finally decided on it because of the fact that more or less it will be a combination of both kits. However, the Eduard kit will probably use those parts that compared to the documentation and designs had Eduard compared to Tamiya's detailed kit and more precise dimensions. These are mainly the frame, the windshield, the dome of the cockpit and other smaller parts. All kit parts and accessories were cleaned and separated into several boxes from each part of the model.
Shaft: I first started an extensive modification of the shaft. It was necessary to cut parts around the engine, shafts and cockpit, which were then fitted with detailed cover sections with openings for the cover, which replaced the original plastic surface. It was also necessary to finish the interior of the shaft and to construct, the interior details. Thin the shaft walls for mounting resin fittings.
As always, I wanted to make the model more attractive than the single control panels. It was necessary to separate the rudders from the stabilizer and to process the hinges as well. I also riveted the entire surface as I mentioned above and again scrubbed each line with a scalpel to achieve a more realistic surface appearance. It's a relatively difficult and delicate job, which takes a long time, but I think the surface looks great after polishing. Especially with regard to natural metal finishing parts.
Cockpit and other internal parts of the fuselage: The cockpit was ultimately made mainly of Eduard incised parts, including the dashboard. The seat and control lever we used from Aires, with large seat belts from HGW. The Gunsight Revi 16B is sold separately from the Quick Boost. In addition, I also used an Aires radio station (FuG 16ZY station), individual CMK neck filler resins, and also an internal structure with the rear of the landing gear, including the rear wheel. All are complemented by handmade accessories and electrical wiring etc.
When everything was in place I stuck both halves of the fuselage together and could add a cast of Firewall Aires and some electrical wiring to the guns. I have added a metal hemming and also the discoloration system to the wind shield.
The sliding back of the cover I got from the Eduard kit (allows us to choose the position of the cover, either "open" or "closed"), located on the upper side of the middle, installed, longitudinal metal hinge, was actually activated when closing and marginally tightening the housing, respectively, extending its front width depending on the varying spread of the grooves, separating it from the spindle. To which it was attached and which moved forward and backward.
Backstage: Functional, similar to the fuselage, ie cutting, thinning and other modifications for the installation of resin and wheel wells, engraved blades and a deformed spot and riveting, removing the entire surface of the blades also under the wings.



  Art: Marek Vrzák