BlackDog Posted November 7, 2004 Share Posted November 7, 2004 Hi all, I did rebuild the whole auxillary fuel tank behind cockpit after rading several useful info from people, mostly Jerry Crandall (thanks again Jerry) that allowed me to learn the following things about this tank : - all german fighter internal fuel tanks from this era were either unpainted natural metal, or rough black rubber (self-sealing tank). - on first production D9s, this tank was an extra fuel tank, self-sealing rubber. On late type Doras, produced at end of 44 (I have no exact date) or 45, it was a MW50 boost tank, done in natural metal (boost time : 10 minutes). So on my Dor werknummer 210003, build in August 44, it is a self-sealing black rubber tank. Never yellow like I did after seeing some pics inside Squadron Walkaround and some models... Anyway there are also pics of another Dora in the same Squadron walkaround, showing a rubber tank. So I did reproduce it like this : I did shape a cylindrical core with a part of syringue tube, closed on both ends. I did cover this tube with Milliput putty shaped with finger in order to obtain a slightly not straight shape simulating rubber. Before complete drying, I did press slightly a medimum sanding paper on sides to obtain the rough surface. Once dry, painting and completion with soft metal circles. Top of tank is far more irregular in shape but this part could absolutely not be seen after fuselage is closed so I left it like this. I am also testing (dry-fit) the insertion of the various internal parts inside fuselage : Eagle Parts cockpit, engine plug. It is somewhat more difficult than with base Hasegawa kit only, as Eagle cockpit needs some sanding and part removal inside the fuselage in order to fit... As I also did add the detail behind cockpit and mostly the fuel tank, I did need to do many dry-fits to obtain a nice result. That's the view we get once fuselage is closed : I also did replace the internal wire crossing the upper part of opened bay, former one was too thick and not straight. THe new one is thin and done with optical fivber, perfectly straight. This afternoon I will glue fuselage halves and internal parts. Chris Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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