Thunnus Posted May 15, 2022 Share Posted May 15, 2022 (edited) Having past a significant milestone on my ongoing Tempest project, I wanted to start a second build to keep occupied when I'm waiting for things to dry on the Tempest. This one has been in the queue inside my head for a while. Yes, it is another Dora. This will be my Fifth build of the Hasegawa 1/32 Fw 190D-9 kit. Like the D-13, this one is a little bit different from other Doras in that it featured a Ta-152H-style tail plane. Here is the kit... Based on the 2003 release, this special edition was released in 2015 with the tail plane parts and new decals. That 2003 release must've been a state of the art kit when it came out and featured, for the first time, the correct depiction of the open wheel well found on the D-series. It's a solid kit but maybe starting to show its age but for now, it is the best large scale representation of the Dora that we have. I have a slew of aftermarket stuff for the Fw 190D that I have collected over the years. There are some things I will DEFINITELY use, some things I definitely WON'T use and some stuff I haven't decided on. Definitely YES: Eagle Editions Fw 190D Resin Cockpit - in my opinion it is the best aftermarket cockpit for the Dora (having used the MDC and Aires cockpits as well) Eagle Editions EC 32-126 - although I'll be making masks for the major markings, I need this decal sheet for the data stencils Quickboost Fw 190A-7/A-9 Gun Barrels - the Hasegawa kit incorrectly supplies leather boots for the wing guns so these metal mounts are necessary Synthetic Ordnance Works Fw 190A/D Landing Gear - composite metal/resin so you don't need to paint the oleo! Eagle Editions Fw 190 Cigar Drop Tank - a little different look... why not? Eduard Fw190D Canopy Masks - always, when available! Eduard Fw 190D Flaps HGW seatbelts Definitely NO: Eagle Editions Fw 190D Late Gun Cowling - my copy is a bit warped and undersized... doesn't fit Quickboost Fw 190D Early Gun Cowling - doesn't fit Quickboost Fw 190D Radiator Cowling - doesn't fit Maybe: Eduard Fw 190D Flaps - looks nice but fiddly Eduard Fw 190D Exterior Set - might be useful to dress up the landing gear wells Here is a quick tour of the kit parts. The fuselage parts. Typical, high quality stuff from Hasegawa but circa 2003 so the level of detail is not as high as current kits. No rivet detail provided so I'll be applying my own. This style of instrument panel is my least favorite. Painting never looks right and trying to apply decals over the raised details will probably look worse. It would be much better to leave the instrument faces smooth. Revell has shown that you can get really nice results with instrument panel decals if you provide raised instrument bevels only. Besides that instrument panel, the supplied cockpit is pretty basic. If you are going to use the kit flaps, watch out for the visible sink marks on the exterior side. The lower wings come with panels for different armament configurations. Not a factor for the D-series. Since this boxing is a late war Dora, no flat canopy is provided. All you get is the bulged canopy. The single sprue attachment for the canopy often breaks during transit so check your canopy for scratches. The kit only provides the smooth tire. If your Dora had treaded tires, you'll have to go aftermarket. This is a Dora-specific sprue holding the open wheel well as well as some for the rear of the engine. The kit-supplied decal sheet. This will be unused as I'll be using masks and the Eagle Edition decals for the stencils. I almost forgot! Here is the sprue with the Ta-152H tail that is unique to this boxing! Edited May 15, 2022 by Thunnus Added Ta152H sprue! Rockie Yarwood, Uncarina, daHeld and 22 others 23 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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