Focke-Wulf FW190D-9 TWEAKS LIST

Compiled by Thierry Laurent

TYPE: Focke-Wulf FW190D-9 Dora

SCALE: 1/32

COMPANY: Hasegawa

KIT NUMBER: ST19 (original release)

MOLD CREATION DATE: 2003

TWEAKS LIST VERSION 1.0 (publication date: January 2008)

The following list is intended to help modelers in improving scale accuracy of an airplane model replica. In no way is it intended to support or be offensive towards a scale model company.

As such, it is only the result of a progressive process and is in no way intended to be absolute or even comprehensive. Hence, it is intended to focus on commonly admitted discrepancies and will probably not cover some errors. It is up to the modeler to decide whether correcting the listed issues is worth the time and money he will have to invest in the quest for accuracy process.

No aftermarket correction or detail set is mentioned in this document as the availability of such items may be very variable. Hence, refer to other LSP sections to find relevant information. Moreover, aftermarket sets do not necessarily correct all listed issues. Please refer accordingly to relevant documentation.

1. NOTICEABLE FUSELAGE ISSUES (from front to rear)

2. NOTICEABLE WING/WEAPONS ISSUES

On many kits, there are sink marks in the upper wings (where the spar supports are molded inside) and the flaps exterior side.

3. NOTICEABLE COCKPIT ISSUES

4. NOTICEABLE CANOPY ISSUES

5. NOTICEABLE LANDING GEAR ISSUES

6. OTHER NOTICEABLE ISSUES & MISCELLANEOUS REMARKS

Kit is very accurately shaped. The fit is excellent and generally no putty is needed. Engineering is cleverly designed to ease construction and avoid pitfalls (i.e. integrated wing spar to ensure correct dihedral).

The detail is excellent with surface details and crisply engraved panel lines abound. For instance, the rear fuselage top panel line is offset to the starboard as is the real airframe. However, even if they are very noticeable on many Dora pictures, surface details do not include airframe rivets. Indeed, only some dozens of early Doras were puttied and waxed.

Kit has an ETC 504 rack and a nice light steel drop tank.

Note that the antenna wire sagged when the blown hood canopy was open (as there was no wire retractor mechanism on Fw190s with the late hood). Similarly, antenna sagged on most Doras with the early, flat one because manufacturing was simplified with the removal of the tensioning pulley mechanism.

Hasegawa decals are on the thick side. Decals in the Revell edition are flat and thinner.

Up to now, kit has already been released six times with different markings options:

The accuracy of the decals will not be assessed here as many interpretations are possible and there are a lot of aftermarket options.

Accordingly, the following sources were used to build this list:

Modelling essentials:

Other used references:

some magazines articles (more particularly from Replic, Wingmasters & Tamiya magazines)

some web pages (more particularly LSP, Hyperscale & ARC)