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Focke Wulf Fw 190D-9

Hasegawa 1/32 Focke Wulf Fw 190D-9 'Barkhorn' Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2018 Manufacturer Hasegawa
Subject Fw 190D-9 Scale 1/32
Kit Number 08251 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Easy build, nice details Cons See text
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $74.99

First Look

Focke Wulf Fw 190D-9
Focke Wulf Fw 190D-9
Focke Wulf Fw 190D-9
Focke Wulf Fw 190D-9

The Fw 190D series was a development of the successful Fw 190A/F series powered by the air-cooled BMW 801 radial engine. To answer a requirement for a high altitude interceptor, Kurt Tank realized that the radial engine was going to have cooling problems operating at combat power in thin air. The answer was to adapt a liquid-cooled engine and his first choice was the Daimler Benz DB603, but was forced to use the Jumo 213 instead. While retaining the appearance of an air-cooled engine (and a long one at that), the new cowling housed the V-12 engine with a round radiator occupying the entire face of the cowling intake.

The first full-production of the 'Dora' series was the Fw 190D-9, armed with a pair of MG131 13mm machine guns above the engine and two MG151 20mm cannons in the wing roots. The D-11 was powered by the Jumo 213E, the same engine as the Ta 152. The D-11 and D-13 had their nose-mounted machine guns deleted which resulted in a flat hood ahead of the windscreen. The D-11 retained the 20mm guns in the wing roots and had 30mm guns outboard of the wheel wells. The D-13 was not armed with the 30mm guns but may have the 20mm Motorkanone firing through the propeller hub. The D-13 also introduced hydraulically boosted ailerons that were also applied to the Ta 152.

Hasegawa released their first 1/32 Fw 190D-9 kit in the 1980s and I remember building the Collector's Hi-Grade edition from 1986. While I had fun with that build, my fellow IPMS members had many 'observations' about the kit as well as my build. Despite the 'feedback', I thoroughly enjoyed the build and vowed to do another one someday. I collected several kits and lots of aftermarket items for that day.

In 2003, Hasegawa retooled their 1/32 Fw 190D-9 kit, this time addressing some of the bugs in their previous kit as well as making the tooling able to render other Dora variants. One of the criticisms I heard about the original kit was a common mistake with other Dora kits - the wheel wells were completely enclosed. In the full-scale aircraft, the forward halves of the wheel wells were open up into the engine bay, allowing hot engine air to be drawn out through the wheel wells while the landing gear was extended and therefore flying slow.

This new tooling was inducted into Hasegawa's Limited Edition series, being periodically reissued with different decals and details. In this release, the kit is centered around the aircraft flown by Gerhard Barkhorn, the second highest ace of all time (the top ace being Erich Hartmann) and the only two pilots to ever exceed 300 kills. This release depicts the Fw 190D-9 wearing the wing commander's markings for JG 6, one of several reported schemes during Barkhorn's brief command of that wing.

The kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on six parts trees plus one tree of clear parts. One of the bonuses in this kit is a resin figure of Gerhard Barkhorn as depicted on the box art.

Among the other features and options in this kit:

  • Beautifully detailed cockpit
  • Optional seated pilot figure
  • Optional standing pilot figure
  • Positionable canopy
  • Choice of streamlined or 'blown' canopies
  • Open wheel wells with details of the rear of the engine visible from underneath
  • Positionable cowl flaps
  • Positionable wing flaps
  • Positionable landing gear
  • Optional centerline drop tank

Markings are provided for one aircraft:

  • Fw 190D-9, Stab/JG 6, Feb 1945, as flown by Major Gerhard Barkhorn

Despite the kit's size, this is a relatively simple build with all of the assembly steps covered on only three pages. The only potential areas for filler are the underwing inserts outboard of the main wheel wells, and around the fuselage/tail join. We'll soon see how that all fits.

This kit remains the best Fw 190D in this scale and possibly in all scales. There are many different decal options available for this kit in the aftermarket to render the Dora its various schemes during its relatively short service at the end of World War II.

For a look at this kit built-up, look here.

Here is a list of paints Hasegawa identifies for the colors of this kit and the equivalent colors from other brands:

 
AMMO
AV
GSI
HAT
LC
MIS
MRP
TAM
TES
XTRA
Black
0032
70.950
C002
H002
N002
A125
C125
LC002
MMP047
005
LP01
X01
1747
 
Red
0049
71.269
C003
H003
N003
A276
C276
LC006
MMP003
002
LP07
X07
1705
 
Silver
0195
71.062
C008
H008
N008
A003
C003
LC074
MMM006
128
LP11
X11
 
X038
Flat White
0050
71.101
C062
H011
N011
A101
C101
LC001
 
 
LP04
XF02
1768
 
Flat Black
0046
71.057
C033
H012
N012
A041
C041
LC002
 
020
LP03
XF01
1749
 
Steel
0191
71.065
C028
H018
N018
 
 
MMM002
030
X10
1780
X502
Wood Brown
0079
71.293
C043
H037
N037
A213
C213
UA082
MMP130
387
 
1701
 
Flesh
RAL 8031
0026
71.117
C051
H044
N044
 
 
 
 
LP30
XF15
 
 
Red Brown
0015
71.041
C041
H047
N047
A147
C147
U205
MMP012
036
TS01
XF64
2096
X807
XA1807
Light Gull Gray
0241
71.121
C373
H051
N051
A048
C048
UA025
MMP063
098
 
1730
 
Intermediate Blue
0228
71.299
C072
H056
N056
A027
C027
UA623
MMP071
136
AS19
XF18
1720
X125
XA1125
Black Green
0232
71.021
C018
H065
A015
C015
UA501
MMP088
060
XF27
2080
X204
XA1204
RLM Gray
0217
71.044
C060
H070
N070
A023
C023
UA504
MMP056
050
XF22
2071
X201
XA1201
Burnt Iron
0187
71.073
C061
H076
N076
A106
C106
 
MMM01
147
LP54
XF84
 
X508
Tire Black
0033
71.315
C137
H077
N077
 
UA733
MMP040
 
LP65
XF85
 
 
Sandy Dark Yellow
0222
71.278
C119
H079
N079
A014
C014
UA137
MMP119
068
XF78
2088
X209
XA1209
Clear Red
 
70.934
C047
H090
N090
 
 
 
266
LP72
X27
 
 
Clear Blue
 
70.938
C050
H093
N093
 
 
 
267
LP68
X23
 
 
Yellow
0125
71.078
C113
H413
 
UA140
MMP090
051
XF03
2072
X213
XA1213
Red
0049
71.003
C114
H414
 
 
 
052
XF07
2073
X217
XA1217
Black Gray
0218
71.055
C116
H416
A040
C040
UA133
MMP089
059
 
2079
X203
XA1203
Light Blue
0063
71.257
C117
H417
A038
C038
UA509
MMP051
066
AS05
XF23
2086
X208
XA1208
Light Blue
0063
71.257
C117
H417
A038
C038
UA509
MMP051
066
AS05
XF23
2086
X208
XA1208
Olive Green
0248
71.265
C120
H420
A053
C053
UA506
MMP120
069
 
0289
X215
XA1215
Light Green
0230
71.022
C122
H422
A020
C020
UA511
MMP053
071
AS23
XF05
2092
X212
XA1121
Dark Green
RLM 83
0925
71.011
C123
H423
A022
C022
UA132
MMP054
072
AS24
2091
X211
XA1212
Cowling Color
 
 
C125
 
 
 
 
X18
 
 

My sincere thanks to Hasegawa USA for this review sample!

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