Just started my new project, Focke Wulf FW190 D-9, W.Nr. 600424, piloted by Lt. Heinz Sachsenberg who stationed at Munich – Riem airport, Germany in April-May 1945.
The model is Tamiya in 1/48th scale with some Eduard photo-etched parts.
Jagdverband 44 (JV 44) was a special fighter unit of top German fighter pilots in the Luftwaffe during the last months of World War II. The main aircraft used by the unit was the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter.
The commander of JV 44 was General Adolf Galland the former General der Jagdflieger (General of Fighter pilots) who had recently been sacked from his staff post by Hermann Göring for relentlessly criticizing the operational policies, strategic doctrine, and tactics mandated by the Luftwaffe High Command. Galland was charged with setting up a small Me 262 unit to demonstrate the capabilities of the jet fighter.
JV 44 comprised a core of highly experienced pilots chosen from Galland’s former staff or recruited from units which had been disbanded or were being re-equipped. Because of the greater length of runway it required, and the slow acceleration it had at low speeds, the Me 262 was especially vulnerable during take-off and landing. Galland thus established his own protection flight. Five Fw 190D-9s and D-11s were attached to JV44, the Platzschutzstaffel (Airfield protection squadron), headed by Leutnant Heinz Sachsenberg, to provide air cover for takeoffs and landings. Flights were to be undertaken in a two-aircraft Rotte up to altitudes of 500 metres, covering both the Me 262s taking off or landing and monitoring the surrounding skies for Allied fighters. (by Wikipedia)
Here is my progress so far
Fuselage parts came nicely together.
The cockpit although not so detailed is looking good with additional photo-etched seat belts.
wheel bays painted and weathered.
Wings and fuselage assembly on my not so clean cut matt, but rather tidy work place.