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Old Oct 13, 2015, 02:32 AM
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Holman Fw190D9 - Giant Scale Electric Build

I am perhaps the slowest builder on RCGroups, but things in life have calmed a little and I have once again started to get the building bug. I've only built one other scale plane before, and that took 5 years! Still has not been flown at the time of this post but soon. Life just got so busy...

So settle in for a long drawn out journey!

A friend of mine managed to bring a Holman Fw190D9 kit from the US back to Australia for me as checked in baggage back in 2009 - the box is nearly as tall as I am! I went a bit kit crazy at that time and purchased several kits with lots of accessories to complete. I have since had counselling. Since then it has sat on my shelf in the garage waiting patiently.

I have always loved the Fw190D9. It is ugly and beautiful all at once and I have always wanted to build one. I have a Top Flite kit of this plane as well but I figure I should build the big one now or I may never get to it!

The other day I pulled all of the boxes down and laid things out to get enthused. I have:
  • The Bob Holman Fw190D9 glass fuse kit
  • Holman wood wing short kit (the original has a foam core wing)
  • Sierra pneumatic main and tailwheel retracts - if I had bought these now I would have gone electric
  • Sierra spinner
  • Pilot eager and waiting (lucky he won't age)

The kit actually comes with a lot of extra glass parts, like the rear of the canopy, gun hood, cowl, belly pan, and supercharger scoop. It also comes with the 2 different types of canopy, the more bubble type and the flat. It also has a cockpit kit of sorts but I will see if it will serve the purpose or not as I get a little further along. I plan on scaling this out as much a possible as I really enjoy the process. I have access to a range of 3D printers at work so I may explore that option for making some of the smaller details, we will have to see.

I am not looking to rush it and can't say how long it will take me. However, each time I work on it I do plan to add a running tally of the time invested - out of curiosity more than anything else.

So, if you are so inclined I'd love to have you along for the ride as I slowly tinker away.


Unboxing - 00:30 minutes
Cumulative time to date - 00:30 minutes
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Old Oct 13, 2015, 02:59 AM
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Inspiration - schemes

Of course I think we all have a scheme picked out before we start any build. For me the painting is the most interesting part and what I look forward to the most.

I have narrowed it down to 2 schemes which will probably draw groans from the gallery... You may have seen them 100 times before but I really love both of these. I will build both schemes between the 2 Fw190D9 kits I have, but I am still undecided on which scheme to go with for this build.


Option 1 - Red 1 from JV44
Yes yes I know. Not another bloody Red 1. BUT - it is using more up to date information about the colour of the wings vs the rest of the fuselage. And I have loved the candy stripes ever since I first saw the scheme years ago. Red 1 is the best example out of all the documented JV44 Doras in my opinion - so it goes on my list. I have Jerry Crandall's book Doras of the Galland Circus and came across the model in the images below that show a different camouflage colour on the wings based upon new interpretations of the existing photographs by Crandall et al since the publication of the definitive book. I LOVE the junkyard we threw it together look so this is why this scheme is on the table.

Option 2 - Blue 12 of II./JG6 (there is a debate whether it is Black 12)
Again, yes I know. You have probably seen this one a thousand times as well. BUT I absolutely love the aesthetic of this plane - the mismatches in the paint because of the desperation at the end of the war. Plus, I have gathered a fair bit of info about the scheme. I even found this 9 second video of the real plane being towed after its surrender to the allies (if anyone knows where the rest of this footage is please let me know)!

Fw-190D-9 W.Nr. 500570 Blue 12 (0 min 9 sec)


So... Choices choices! I'll show some of the documentation I have to work with a little later...
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Old Oct 13, 2015, 04:00 AM
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Hi Gree, I'll be watching all the way. I love your work. I see you've still got your Parkzone FW 190!
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Old Oct 13, 2015, 06:04 AM
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I'm in.

It took me four years to build my Holman Dora. Build at your leisure. Obviously, I do.

I vote for Red !
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Old Oct 14, 2015, 02:05 AM
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Thanks guys. Nice to know I'll be able to get some advice along the way.

Tom I followed your build and was sad to hear about the wing on the maiden. Did you ever build a new one?

Chris, the parkzone has been retired for some time. The airframe is just too stressed and 'flexy' to fly any longer.
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Old Oct 14, 2015, 06:12 AM
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Hey Gree, your're still alive! Shouldn't you maiden that Jug sometime before you start collecting Social Security?

This will be fun to follow. Your work is meticulous and I always learn lots. I had the Alpha Red 1 from the Parrot Squadron and while you can't argue that the plane is certainly easy to orient on in flight, it always looked a bit cartoonish to me.

Get cracking man!
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[QUOTE=Gree;32935145]

Tom I followed your build and was sad to hear about the wing on the maiden. Did you ever build a new one?

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The wing was fixable, but I never got around to doing so. I sold the model and I haven't seen it, or heard anything about it, since.
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Old Oct 27, 2015, 11:30 PM
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Hysol

Some advice from more experienced builders out there...

I have read in many build threads that people use Hysol to fix wooden formers etc to the fibreglass fuse because of its superior strength. I have not used this product before, and notice that there are a few variants available here in Australia (E-00NS, E30CL, E60NC, E20HP).

What exact type do people use?


No time for building again for a little while... But should start in earnest in a week or two...
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Old Oct 28, 2015, 01:09 PM
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Hi Gree

I used this scheme on my Alpha D-9 years ago and love it. The markings are semi-ficticious but the colors are correct. I used Testors military enamels.
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Awesome...
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Old Oct 30, 2015, 01:37 PM
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Looking forward to seeing another Holman come together..
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Old Oct 30, 2015, 02:47 PM
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I was hoping you'd pop by Demire!
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I was doing some Google searching for fw190 500570 and your thread popped up. Ironicly, that's the variant I'm considering for my fokkerc 1/4 dora.

Even if you consider yourself a slow builder, you'll be amazed how fast and easy this will come together especially with the wing kit.

Looking forward to your post.
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