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.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part 14 – Even More Lithoplating

Dry fitting of the large hatch.

Embossed and engraved rivets and fasterner detail.
The hinge is made of telescoping tubing from
Albion Alloys.

Styrene template for the large panel on the right side
of the fuselage. Frames and longerons marked
with a pencil.

Finished panel glued in place. Plating of the fuel
tank chamber started.

Dry fitting of the Floor plating and fuel tank plating.

Circular opening for the external energy socket.
Oval opening for the oxygen filler port.

Plating with rivet detail glued into place.

Left side plating of the fuel tank chamber.

Marking the frame positions on the paling.