Friday, July 21, 2017

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part 21 – Upper reinforment straps supporting the upper engine mounts

Right side: The strap was cut from 0.3 mm litho.

Shape and dimensions were taken from the
Bentley drawings.

The rivet pattern from Jerry Crandall´s
superb YELLOW 10 book.

Left side showing the upper strap. The real one
was made of steel.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part 20 – Right fuselage shell

Dry fitting of parts.

Foot step and hand hold.

Using styrene templates to make the frames.

Coffee break :-)

Someone has to clean the workshop!!

Right fuselage side shell: After cutting
it´s time to mark all important details.

Fit is OK!

Cutting the hatches was done next.

Followed by embossing the rivets and shaping
of the panel.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part 19 – Center fuselage section

Left fuselage shell taped to the jig. Marking frames,
rivet lines et al.

Dry fitting to the fuselage.

Checking the fit and dimensions.

Embossed rivet detail.

Making the finger strap.

Finger strap glued into the shell with epoxy.

Test of Z- und U-profiles bent from litho.

Joggle joint.

Doing the joggle.

Fit is OK.

Frame 7 formed over MDF.

Hand grip glued in place.

Test fitting a template for frame 6.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part 18 – Center fuselage section

Jig for the center fuselage section. Built from MDF and balsa.

Frames marked on the jig. I also cut some frames
from MDF as templates.

Designing the roof of the luggage compartment.

Making a tool for shaping the panel.

Basic shaping of the panel is done. Some areas had
to be annealed four times.

Dryfitting of the panel.

Right side view. More bending to come.

Sides bent dowwn to allow for mounting
the canopy rails.

Tool for making frame 6.

Upper segment of frame 6 in place.

Some details still missing.

Dry fitting looks OK.

Picture shows the shape to good advantage.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part 17 – Lithoplating the belly

Bottom panel glued in place. I used a dremel
to cut the oval recess in front of the hatch
into the balsa planking.

I detailed the large hatch and glued it into its place
with contact glue.

Micro screws added. Looks okay to me.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part 16 – Lithoplating the belly

Dry fitting of the panel. Note the cut outs for
the tank and tank vents.

The tank hatch was cut and a paper template
was made for the rivet pattern.

Dry fitting the hatch. Fit is good!

The panel glued in place after riveting
and shaping.

The hatch will get more detail by adding
the slotted screws later on.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part 15 – Lithoplating the belly

I built a stand/jig for the fuselage from ply wood and MDF.

The fuselage in the jig.

First panel on the bottom.

Panel #4 finally fits the gap.

More lithoplating in progress.

The fuel tank hatch drawn onto the panel.

Fuel tank hatch cut out. MDF backing for a better sawing
and filing of the thin sheet metal.

Nice cut out, a little fine tuning is still necessary.