Hasegawa 1/72 FW-190D-9 Combo
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The Fw 190 D (nicknamed the Dora; or Long-Nose Dora, "Langnasen-Dora") was intended to improve on the high-altitude performance of the A-series enough to make it useful against the American heavy bombers of the era. In reality, the D series was rarely used against the heavy bomber raids, as the circumstances of the war in late 1944 meant that fighter-versus-fighter combat and ground attack missions took priority. A total of 1,805 D-9s were produced. Production started in August 1944.
The liquid-cooled 1,750 PS (1,726 hp, 1,287 kW) Jumo 213A could produce 2,100 PS (2,071 hp, 1,545 kW) of emergency power with MW 50 injection, improving performance to 426 mph (686 km/h) at 21,650 ft (6,600 m). Early D-9s reached service without the MW 50 installation, but in the meantime Junkers produced a kit to increase manifold pressure (Ladedrucksteigerungs-Rüstsatz) that increased engine output by 150 PS to 1,900 PS, and was effective up to 5,000 m (16,400 ft) altitude. It was fitted immediately to D-9s delivered to the units from September, or retrofitted in the field by TAM. By the end of December, all operational Doras, 183 in total, were converted. From November 1944, a simplified methanol water (MW 50) system (Oldenburg) was fitted, which boosted output to 2,100 PS. By the end of 1944, 60 were delivered with the simplified MW 50 system or were at the point of entering service. The 115 L tank of the Oldenburg system would hold the MW 50 booster liquid, which was single purpose, while later systems were to be dual purpose, holding either MW 50 or additional fuel.
The fighter lacked the high turn rate and higher rate of roll of its close coupled radial-engined predecessor. It was a bit faster, however, with a maximum speed of 680 km/h (422 mph) at 6,600 meters (21,650 ft). Its 2,240 horsepower with methanol-water injection (MW 50) gave it an excellent acceleration in combat situations. It also climbed and dived more rapidly than the Fw 190A, and so proved well suited to the dive-and-zoom ambush tactics favored by the Schlageter pilots. Many of the early models were not equipped with tanks for methanol, which was in very short supply in any event. At low altitude, the top speed and acceleration of these examples were inferior to those of Allied fighters. Hans Hartigs recalled that only one of the first batch of Dora 9s received by the First Gruppe had methanol water injection, and the rest had a top speed of only 590 km/h (360 mph).
Due to the failure of multiple attempts to create an effective next generation 190, as well as the comments of some Luftwaffe pilots, expectations of the Dora project were low. These impressions were not helped by the fact that Tank made it very clear that he intended the D-9 to be a stopgap until the Ta 152 arrived. These negative opinions existed for some time until positive pilot feedback began arriving at Focke-Wulf and the Luftwaffe command structure.
Sporting good handling and performance characteristics, the D-9 made an effective medium altitude, high speed interceptor, although its performance still fell away at altitudes above about 20,000 ft (6,100 m). When flown by capable pilots, the Fw 190D proved the equal of Allied types.
This is the most recent re-issue of the FW-190D-9 done by Hasegawa. Unlike their initial 190D-9 kit, it has the required engraved panel lines, optional bits for the head rest and canopy, and the interior that uses decals for instrument panels and side consoles. A drop tank and rack are also provided. Some 190D-9s were used in the fighter bomber role, but not often and no bomb or bomb rack is included. Thanks to Hasegawa's penchant for putting all the bits in one bag, you'll have to be concerned about pieces knocked off the sprue and bits broken from the wing. I'll leave it to the rivet counters to tell you if the kit has any accuracy problems, but it looks just fine to me. This is by no means a complex kit and those who wish to spruce up the cockpit will find a number of aftermarket sets for it.
Of course, you get two kits in this box and one would think that this would mean they are cheaper than buying them separately. Well I cannot verify that for even at a discount price, the tag comes to $19 a kit. Such is the state of the dollar and the world economy in general at this time.
The instructions are well done and typically use Gunze paints for the color references. Markings are provided for three aircraft in a variety of 1945 camouflage schemes, including one with RLM '84' undersides. None of them seem to have bare metal areas, yet that was somewhat common with lower wings in the last months. On the box are Gerhard Barkhorn's JG 6 plane with no Reich Defense band and a JG 4 plane with a black/white/black one. Also included (with the RLM 84 parts, is a JG 301 aircraft with its red and yellow band. A red/white/red tail band is also on the sheet. This would be appropriate for JG 6 so perhaps it was worn on Barkhorn's plane at one time. The instructions say nothing about it.
Both aircraft have separate windscreen/canopies so you can pose them open. If you do the later 'blown' hood, you should remember that there was no antenna tensioning system in it so the radio antenna just lay along the fuselage when the canopy was open. The decal sheet is well done and appears to be the modern variety which works great with setting solutions.
Still considered one of the best 1/72 FW-190D-9s on the market, this kit gets reissued too infrequently for many. I collect Hasegawa 1/72 190 kits and have now six D-9 boxings. The first one I have is kit AP 108 from 1994 and prior to this it was kit 00722 from 2004. Unless I missed one, that is six years back. Sure, Academy has one and there are the older Italeri and even older Airfix kits, but most modelers will prefer this one. Get it while you can.
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