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  1. Hi Koala; Unfortunately Altner's "White 10" had streaks of gray on the side of the fuselage, maybe not quite as pronounced as the instruction sheet but they were there. There are five photos of this Fw 190 A-8 in Rodeike's Fw 190 book that show this streaky camouflage. Some time ago Master Model Ian Robertson did a beautiful build of this A-8 in Altner's markings that was featured on Hyperscale. If you could go to the gallery section it probably is still there. HTH Cheers, Jerry
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    Hi Guys; Sorry it has taken so long to respond to the thread, but my computer inernet access has died and I am borrowing Judy's.... TimC pretty much answered your question I think and hit the nail on the head with his answers. A couple of notes though...our company Eagle Editions Ltd. has had the name since 1983. Why other companies want to use a name that is close to ours is a mystery to us, but it does cause confusion. Thanks to Charlie Metz for correcting this issue... The drop tank situation is as follows: every kit I can think of that has a 300 litre drop tank is incorrect. In some cases the shape, for instance, the tank that comes in the series of 1/32nd Hasegawa kits, is poorly rendered. One of the other major problems is that they all have too many seam lines forward of the carrying strap. For some reason, they keep molding it with three panel lines. The drop tanks had only two panel lines. Charlie is right about the flat bottom as Fw 190 pilots were instructed to land and take off from the three point position with the tail down because of the large propeller diameter. The standard metal propellers were 3.3 meters and then when the wooden paddle bladed propeller was installed it was increased to 3.5 meters. So, if the pilot was not careful, the propeller could strike the ground causing a crash. As far as canopy situation goes, the early A-8s with the flat canopy had the pulley system as already described but late in the war, A-8s, A-9s, F-8s, F-9s and some Dora aircraft were equipped with the flat canopy that had the pulley installed in some cases and without the pulley in others. But, just because the pulley was installed does not mean that the system operated as it did originally in keeping the wire taut. Some late war canopies do have the pulley but the antenna wire is only attached so when the canopy is slid open, the wire goes slack. HTH Jerry
  3. Hi Steve; Here is the information you are requesting regarding the Fw 190 A-8/R2 W. Nr. 681497, built by Fieseler-Kassel in late summer 1944: It was a legitimate R2 equipped with two MG 151 20 mm cannons inboard, two MK 108 30 mm cannons outboard with the appropriate upper wing fairings. The two 13 mm machine guns had been deleted. The fuselage was equipped with the 5 mm armor plate and the wind screen had the armored quarter panels. JG 4 normally did not use the blinkers on the canopy. It was equipped with an ETC 501 rack and carried a drop tank on its last mission, Bodenplatte. This is documented by photos. When it crash landed, the rack was partially destroyed, and the antennas were damaged. The FuG 25a vertical antenna on the rear fuselage was bent back, the DF loop was torn off and the FuG 16 zy antenna was broken off as well. However, the a/c was equipped, when captured, with the radio. The BMW 801 D2 engine was originally equipped with a 3.5 m three bladed VDM 12176A wooden paddle bladed propeller which was destroyed when the a/c crash landed. After the US captured it, the engine was replaced along with a new standard VDM metal 9-12076A 3.3 m propeller. The fuel octane triangle was stenciled C3 100 octane. This a/c was also equipped with MW 50 power boost. Note the port side of the engine cowling was all dark gray behind the JG 4 Knight's head emblem. All this information is taken from Allied documents and other sources including unpublished photos. HTH Jerry
  4. Hi Steve; First of all, this aircraft was used in Operation Bodenplatte by JG 4 which was a ground attack mission. JG 4 at that time had a lot of Sturmbock aircraft. The photos of "White 11" were taken after it was captured by the Americans on 1 January 1945, and the a/c is pretty well stripped. Notice the armament has all been removed as well as the ETC 501 rack. Some of the photos also were taken after the 5 mm panzer platen was removed from the side of the fuselage. Keep in mind also that as part of the Sturmbock equipment, the wind screen quarter panels have armored glass plus the quarter round trim. The outboard armament consisted of MK 108 30 mm cannon. You are right about the canopy. This a/c had the standard flat A-8 canopy with antenna pulley system, so the antenna wire comes into the canopy around the pulley and back into the radio compartment. In addition to that wire there are two support wires for the armored head rest bracing so you will have a total of three wires in the canopy, as you point out. Keep in mind the name "Rammjager" is a sensationalized name that is unpopular with the pilots of these Sturm units. The ramming part of this story is exagerrated and the veterans become somewhat angry about this reference. The correct term for these aircraft is "Sturmjäger" or an Fw 190 with Sturmbock equipment. HTH Jerry
  5. Hi Chris; Sorry I have taken so long to answer but our server has been up and down then up again, so here is the scheme for Nowotny's A-5. JG 54 used some unusual colors, so far not identified 100% but in this case, Nowotny's Fw 190 A-5 appears to be RLM 70/71 that was painted over the base camo colors of 74/75. In this case, Claes' profile is accurate in that respect. The upper wings match value wise and seem to be the same color combination of 70/71. I have some unpublished photos of this a/c which helps to confirm this color information. Keep in mind, that these greens are painted over gray and if the paint isn't thickly applied, it will have a different value than if 70/71 was painted over metal. Which, in that case would have been a thicker application of the paint. Yes, the small number under his cockpit is '13' his lucky number and the small white 8 in the middle of the << is a reference to one of his earlier 109s. This a/c is an A-5 not an A-6. This is verified by W. Nr. and loss records. The top view we are posting for you and others is from our newest Fw 190 A-5 sheet, EagleCals #82-32. On the next sheet, #83-32, we have also included Nowotny's "White 4", another colorful a/c. HTH Jerry
  6. Hi all; I need to make one more comment about these colors and then I'll shut up about it, but you must know that another Dora 9 recovered in recent months also had an RLM 02 master compass. This gray color that appears on some master compasses and also other a/c components is distantly related to RLM 02. This was related to me by Warnecke and Bohm during one of our visits. Unfortunately like Tony says, most of the documentation is missing so it is not clear if this color was a new color or use of an existing color but it is fairly common on late war a/c components. Cheers, Jerry
  7. Here's a picture of our compass that came out of a D-9 in late 1945. As you can see, it is RLM 02 and I've placed a piece of the inside of the fuselage that has RLM 02 paint from John Caler's old Bf 109 G-10/U4. It's of course slightly faded compared to the fresh paint on the compass but the color is the same. To view the picture, visit our site at http://www.eagle-editions.com/mc.htm It looks possibly like the compass that Vincent has shown is faded RLM 02. What other gray could it be? Cheers, Jerry
  8. Hi Thierry; Thanks for your nice comments about our EagleCals. Like most prominent pilots, Herman Graf flew more than one airplane while he was in JG 50. We have several photos of Graf in and around his aircraft and others, plus there are several photos of him in Christer Bergstrom's book Graf and Grizlawski that we published. The one photo in G&G showing Graf in the cockpit appears to have the oval bulge with a rearview mirror. Another photo of a G-6 slown by Graf clearly shows no bulge and mirror, but it does not appear to have the Red Tulips. Unfortunately there is not enough of the photo to see if it is in fact his Red Tulip G-6. Another photo we have in our collection shows Graf sitting in the cockpit of a G-6 with the Red Hunter emblem under the cockpit that has no bulge and mirror. There is not a clear photo that I know about of his Red Tulip G-6 that shows this area due to the fact that the canopies are open. So, we did not include that in our decal profile as we could not prove this matter one way or the other. We know for sure that Grizlawski's White 10 did not have this bulge and rearview mirror. I hope this helps answer your questions. Jerry
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