FW-190D-9 - TAMIYA 1/72

This was my first Tamiya model build. I was exited to try to build a model that modelers have been considering a perfect fit model. In fact, at least for me, it was he case and no putty was needed.

The box.

Some extra parts I will use on this build.

Resin wheels.

PE parts from PART.

Cockpit extra parts.

I will use the Aeromaster decals and do the 'blue 2'. Also I will use some stencils from Super Scale.

The wheel bays are originally closed. On the real machine they were not like this so I removed part of the cover panels.

After the remotion they look like this. I also have added part of the rear structure and opened a second ejection hole that was originally missing.

Here the construction of the rear part of the JUMO 213 engine.

I painted the engine using as a base an Alclad color, then I have applied a dark was on it.

To finish I have placed the engine.

The original seat was replaced by a PE seat. I painted the seat belts before remove them.

The main cockpit parts were also improved using some PE parts.

After a black wash the cockpit almost finished, just need a varnish coat on it.

The landing gear parts were also improved using PE parts. On the left the original part.

The original instrument panel cover was replaced by a PE part. Note the REVI 16 b gun sign.

The main parts fit was perfect, no need to use putty on this model.

The wing pitot tube was replaced by a home made part using a metal tube and sprue. I still need to fill the gaps on this area using cyano glue.

The clear parts fit very well on the fuselage. I have masked them using home made masks.

The wind shield fit was prefect. I have applied first the cockpit color on it.

I will paint the model based on this profile.

Paint job starts with a primer coat (Mr. surfacer).

Then a pre-shading coat on the panel lines using black was applied.

RLM 76 light blue applied.

On the under surfaces some parts were not painted so I have applied a metal coat on them.

Greens and grey have been applied on the upper surfaces. It was one of the first models I painted on a 'free hand' style. The result is not perfect but I had to try to see what I could do and what I still have to improve.

My decals from Aeromaster were too old I think so I had some problems applying them.

I had to fix it painting the damaged areas.

Finally all decals were applied.

Final details.

Final pictures.

Under surfaces. Note that some parts were not painted or have just a primer coat applied, a very typical situation in 1945.

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