I hope you all had a nice New Year?
All the best, good luck and health for 2022.
Hopefully this year the pandemic will be defeated finally.
My latest project is a Fw 190 A-7 with “Doppelreiter”.
At the end of 1943, the Graf Zeppelin research institute was commissioned to look for an alternative to the usual way of attaching additional tanks to wings. One solution that was implemented and also tested was the so-called “Doppelreiter”.
These were two tanks, each with a capacity of 270 liters, which were attached to the top of the wings. The tanks could be assembled in just under 10 minutes. Completely filled or empty, the “Doppelreiter” even improved flight behavior so that they did not have to be thrown off during the aerial combat.
Jagdgruppe 10, commissioned with the flight tests, criticized the flight characteristics when the tanks were half full. The trials were completed in September 1944, but there was no series production.
The Fw 190 A-7 used for testing was withdrawn from the regular series.
The kit of the 190 comes from Dragon. A veteran that requires quite a bit of rework. You have to fill and sand the areas of the engine cowling and the transitions between the fuselage and the wing roots.
Enamel paints from Humbrol were used for varnishing.
The figures are from ICM and they are great. They were painted with Revell paints.