Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part 27 – Rear Pilot Armor

Armor plates glued to the seat rails.
I painted these steel plates manufactured
by Krupp in red oxide primer.

Dry fitting of the subassembly
into the fuselage.

Rear view showing the fastener

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part 26 – Side consoles

I joind the seat rails and the rear
upper decking.  I airbrushed
these parts with RLM 66.

I made a template for the right side console
from MDF.
Final adjustments werde done by
adding styrene strips to make
for a perfect fit.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part 25 – Armor plates

Dry fitting of parts is actually quite okay....
I made a jig for mounting the seat rails
from MDF and a styrene strip
that slides into the C-profile:
I cut paper templates of the armor plates
to get the diminsions right ...
I then cut the plates from 0.5 mm alu sheet,
the alu is quite soft which makes it
tricky to cut and drill. Parts need to be
polished and cleaned.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part 24 – Shoulder protection


Dryfitting of the shoulder armor assembly.

Seat rails are placed right in front of the
shoulder armor.

4 holes for the harness attachments drilled.
Screw detail etc . still mising.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Junkers D.1 | Wingnut Wings 1/32nd scale | Part 8

Corroded and oxidized exhaust stack.
Wooden propeller made from scratch.
Added oil and fuel streaks.
Added some dirt sprinkles :-)

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Luftwaffe History: Visiting the widow of Lt. Manfred Dieterle

I visited the widow of Manfred Dieterle, a former pilot of 3./ JG300 piloting Bf-109G-6/R6 yellow "1", in a Seniorenheim near Stuttgart in 2004 for a short visit.

She showed me some items originating of Manfred´s Luftwaffe carrier. The two most interesting items were his Flugbuch (flight log) and a contemporary wooden scale model of „his“ Gustav of approx. 1/50 scale. This model was obviously finished in the wartime Luftwaffe lacquers as they were used on his real Gustav.

Description of the wooden Bf-109 model

Spinner: semi gloss black (probably RLM 7160.22) with pale yellow (probably is RLM 27) spiral.

Upper surfaces: close to RAL 7031 Blue grey (RAL-K5 color swatch). Finish shows a slight sheen typical to nitro-cellulose lacquers. The blue grey color does not fit a standard RLM color and was probably a mix of available colors at the unit level, probably based on lacquers RLM 7121 or 7122.

Lower surfaces: semi-gloss black, probably RLM 7160.22 with a less dull finish than the blue grey color.

Rumpfband (fuselage band): close to RAL 3005 Wine red (RAL-K5 color swatch) but different to RLM 28(!).

Tactical markings: pale yellow “1” with white outline. The pale yellow shade is probably RLM 27.

National insignias: white outline only Balkenkreuze on fuselage and upper wings. No swastika, probably it was too delicate to be applied by brush (?).

Wooden wartime model of Gelbe "1" flown by Staffelkapitän Lt. Manfred Dieterle with a blue grey camouflage scheme suitable for nightfighters. The lower surfaces and the the wing root area are semi-gloss black with no national insignia – Balkenkreuze. The upper surfaces are a non-RLM blue grey color. The spinner is semi-gloss black with a pale yellow spiral and the Rumpfband is wine red.

The Messerschmitt Bf-109G/AS

Frau Dieterle also showed Manfred´s Flugbuch and one entry was of particular interest for me: this entry was of a a sortie flown in a Bf-109G/AS with a remark reading as follows: “Geht ab wie eine Rakete!” which translates to “goes like a rocket!”. High altidude performans of the AS version must have been noticeably better than of the stand Gustav powered by the DB605A.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Junkers D.1 | Wingnut Wings 1/32nd scale | Part 7

Added the exhaust pipe finished with pigments
and washes.

Airbrushed some dirt, streaks and fumes with
Tamiya´s redbrown and flat black.

Exhaust fumes were also airbrushed with thinned
acrylics from Tamiya.

More weathering done by airbrush.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Junkers D.1 | Wingnut Wings 1/32nd scale | Part 6

Weathered engine cowling. Exhaust is still missing.

Left engine cowling. Some final toughes missing!

Left upper wing with airbrushed Balkenkreuz.

Weatherd underside.

Weathering almost done ...

Pale blue undercoat with thin white top coat.

White tail plane still needs some weathering!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Köf 3 | Gauge 0 Diesel locomotive


a friend of mine asked me to weather a Köf3 diesel locomotive which was damaged during a workshop fire. I tried to clean the model as good as possible and then started weathering it using washes and stains. Here you go: