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Hi,
I like Focke Wulf prototypes.

I try to build The FW 190 V-18 with the characteristic exhaustdriven turbosupercharger.
To make things a little easier this time I used Newtool Dora kit from Revell.
The original V18 U1/2 at last ended up (after an accident) as one of the prototypes for the TA 152H.

 In a Model art publication I found these pics

 

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First I cut off the enlogating part (Tonne)of the Dora tail. (I used the large tail of the Revell  Dora) and cemented it back o the fuselge. The turbocharger adapter for the Jumo-engine at the right side had to go. The V-18 got a Daimler engine which had the loader on the left side.

The Dora cowl cover over the machine guns was replaced by the old A6/8 Hsaegawa part. With a little modification it fitted satisfactorily. Much easier than converting the Dora part. Two bumps on the new cowling and a new one on the right side for the inlet manifold of the DB 603. were fitted.

 

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The completed cockpit and a Jumo 213 engine changed to DB 603 standards were the next parts made ready.

 

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I ran out of quarterscale P47 cowls so I had to look for ozher spareparts to build the oilcooler. There was an old Ju 88 from
Lindber, no one wants to build even when forced by a gun! But the 88 tail part delivered the desired basic structure for the cooler.

 

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The oilcooler is finished. Only some fine sanding will be needed. The coolingflaps of the cooler are from a beer can. We have a nice hobby!
The next step will be the wings because the supercharger and its piping can only be fitted when the wings are in place.

 

 

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A coat of primer is applied to show flaws.

 

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The lower wing is fitted. The heat shields for the exaust tubes are fitted to the sides of the fuselage.

 

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The front of the Supercharger-cooler is cemented in place. It is made from the Dora  plug in for the enlogated tail).

Now I try to build a supercharger housing from an old Airfix "Black Widow" cockpit some sheet plastic and plumper piping.

 

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I adopted the "Black Widow" cockpit of the 1:72nd scale Airfix for my Torbocharger housing. Not much is left of it after loads of putty and heavy sanding:

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The need for some more putty and fine sanding is obvious.

 

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A coat of primer from time to time helps discovering flaws.

 

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Had a real fight with the exhausts. Wife, daughter and dog took cover and worst of all my Beer suplies ran out. In earnest I had missed to look for solutions in advance. At last I got them done with an appropirate piece of plastic tube formed t by inserting a copper flex. .  I hope this was the last great problem in building the V-18. By the side the real V-18 U2 had an accident late in 1944 and was reconstructed as one of the TA 152 H prototypes with large wooden tail and a Jumo 213 E enginel.

 

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Nice! Watching this build. Your methods are interesting.

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I found a  P51-B spinner (old Revell kit) and reworked it to look like the FW-spinner. The cowl flaps are made of alu-sheet from the a fast food Wok. At last came the heat guards on the wing roots.

 

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a coat of primer will show any need for further sanding and rescribing.

 

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That's the final shape of the spinner. The props were made from old FW 190 Hasegawa stuff.
I cemented plastic card on the backside of each prop to broafen it and sanded them to shape. The prop bosses are made of aluminium tubing.

 

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Tthe provisional colour shows more sanding is needed on the props!

 

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I painted the V-18 RLM-02. A darker shade than usual.

 

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The large bare metal part beneath the cockpit is questionable. I changed this later.

 

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The V18 was a  long living prototype which went from the U1 to the U2 version. Don't know the difference between the two. Finally after an accident it got full camouflage,  a Jumo engine and ended up being one of the TA-152 H prototypes. So you can color it at will. There exists a pic of the ac still carrying  the original Call-letters. (Close-Up 24 monogram)

 

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I will paint the V-18 in RLM-02 and natural aluminium. The call- and seriial nubers were made with the help of an ikjjet printer.

 

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Only very slight weathering was aplied.

 

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The canopy is finished with self-adhesive metalfoil as are the two panels on the cowl.

 

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Had some difficulties in applying the metalfoil over the hunp on the left side. It looks worst in the pic than in reallity - I hope so.

 

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What's left to do is applying the undercarriage and the antenas.

 

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