Focke-Wulf Fw 58 Weihe (Layang-layang)

Focke-Wulf Fw 58 Weihe (Layang-layang)

Focke-Wulf Fw 58 Weihe (Layang-layang)

The Focke-Wulf Fw 58 Weihe (Kite) adalah pesawat bermesin kembar yang digunakan sebagai pelatih pengangkutan ringan, ambulans udara dan pelayaran oleh Luftwaffe.

Fw 58 dirancang dengan spesifikasi yang sama dengan Arado Ar 77 yang kurang berjaya. Ia dikuasakan oleh dua enjin V terbalik lapan silinder Argus As 10C 240hp, dibawa dalam nacelles yang dipasang di bawah sayap yang dipasang rendah. Sayapnya separa cantilever, dengan sebagian besar penyokongnya tersusun di dalam sayap, tetapi dengan tali yang menghubungkan bahagian atas nacelles mesin ke badan pesawat. Ekor yang dipasang tinggi dijepit dari bawah. Pesawat ini mempunyai fiuslage tiub keluli yang dikimpal, dengan campuran kain dan penutup logam. Sayapnya mempunyai bingkai logam dengan kain yang menutupi spar utama. Roda bawah kereta utama ditarik ke dalam nacelles.

Prototaip pertama, Fw 58 V1, melakukan penerbangan perdana pada musim panas tahun 1935. Ia adalah pesawat pengangkutan enam tempat duduk dengan hidung lancar. Prototaip kedua, Fw 58 V2, adalah pendahulu siri A tentera. Ia mempunyai dua posisi pistol terbuka, satu di hidung dan satu di belakang kabin, masing-masing membawa senapang mesin MG 15 7.9mm tunggal.

Prototaip keempat, Fw 58 V3, adalah pendahulu siri pengeluaran pertama, Fw 58B. V3 mempunyai hidung berkaca mampu membawa senapang MG 15, dan mempertahankan kedudukan senapang punggung terbuka. Fw 58 B-1 adalah versi pertama yang dihasilkan untuk Luftwaffe. Itu bisa membawa senjata yang sama dengan V3, serta sejumlah bom di rak di bawah sayap.

Versi pesawat yang paling banyak adalah Fw 58C. Ini adalah pesawat pengangkut cahaya enam tempat duduk dengan hidung berlubang, dan tanpa senjata. Ia berdasarkan prototaip kesebelas dan disajikan dalam jumlah besar dengan Luftwaffe dan sebilangan kecil dengan Lufthansa.

Sekitar 1.350 Fw 58s dihasilkan. Sebilangannya dieksport ke Argentina, Bulgaria, China, Hungaria, Belanda, Romania dan Sweden dan jenisnya dihasilkan di bawah lesen di Brazil.

Dalam perkhidmatan Jerman, Fw 58 digunakan sebagai pelatih kru, terutama dalam navigasi, sebagai pesawat komunikasi, ambulans udara dan sebagai transportasi ringan. Itu juga digunakan untuk menyemburkan daerah yang dijangkiti di Front Timur dalam upaya melindungi pasukan Jerman yang bertempur di bawah.

Fw 58A

Fw 58A berdasarkan prototaip V2, dengan kedudukan senjata terbuka di hidung dan di belakang kokpit. Sebilangan kecil mungkin telah dihasilkan sebelum kerja beralih ke B-1.

Fw 58B

Fw 58B adalah versi produksi prototaip keempat, dengan hidung berkaca yang membawa satu senapang mesin 7.92mm dan kedudukan punggung terbuka, serta kemampuan membawa sebilangan kecil bom. Dua puluh lima B-2 serupa dibina di bawah lesen di Brazil. Jenis ini juga dapat dilengkapi dengan apungan, menjadi Fw 58BW.

Fw 58C

Fw 58C adalah versi pengeluaran utama, merangkumi sebahagian besar dari sekitar 1.350 pesawat yang dihasilkan. Hidungnya pejal dan dapat membawa enam penumpang. Ia digunakan sebagai pelatih kru, pesawat komunikasi, ambulans (mendapatkan nama panggilan Leukoplast-Bomber atau 'bomber plaster yang melekat), pengangkutan ringan untuk kakitangan skuadron dan penyemburan tanaman di Danube. Pesawat penyembur kemudian digunakan untuk menyemburkan kawasan yang dijangkiti di Front Timur dalam usaha melindungi pasukan yang bertempur di sana.

Enjin: Dua mesin berpendingin udara Argus As 10C lapan silinder terbalik-Vee
Kuasa: 240hp setiap satu
Krew: dua (juruterbang dan pemerhati) ditambah enam murid atau penumpang
Jarak sayap: 68ft 11in
Panjang: 45ft 11in
Tinggi: 12 kaki 9inci
Berat Kosong: 5,291lb
Berat Penuh: 7,936lb
Kelajuan Maksimum: 162mph di permukaan laut
Kelajuan Pelayaran: 150mph
Kadar Pendakian: 3.48 minit hingga 3,280 kaki
Siling Perkhidmatan: 18,372 kaki
Julat: 497 batu
Persenjataan: tidak ada (C), satu atau dua senapang 7.92mm (B)
Beban bom: tidak ada (C), bom kecil di bawah sayap (B)


Focke-Wulf Fw 58

The Focke-Wulf Fw 58 "Weihe" adalah pesawat pelbagai guna enjin berkembar yang dibuat oleh pengilang Bremen, Focke-Wulf, yang terutama digunakan sebagai pesawat latihan oleh Angkatan Udara.


Fw 58 & quotWeihe & quot (Layang-layang) adalah salah satu jenis yang kurang dikenali yang digunakan dengan Luftwaffe sebelum dan semasa Perang Dunia II. Ini terbukti kepada saya ketika saya membawa pesawat ini ke perjumpaan kelab dengan pertanyaan jika ada yang mengetahui ini & quot; pesawat rahsia & quot.

Ia dirancang sebagai penerus untuk Junkers W34 sebagai pelatih bagi pengendali radio / navigator, penyerang bom dan penembak udara tetapi juga sebagai pengangkutan, penghubung dan evakuasi perubatan. Itu ada dalam 3 versi A dan B sama dengan perbezaan bahawa versi A tidak memiliki pelindung kaca di hidung untuk penembak hidung / bom sasaran (dingin!) Versi C mempunyai hidung dan belakang tertutup dan terutama digunakan untuk cahaya tugas pengangkutan.

Karo-As Modellbau tidak diketahui oleh saya sehingga saya membeli kit ini secara terpakai daripada ahli kelab. Saya tidak tahu sama ada Karo-As membuat model pesawat lain dan tidak tahu apakah ia masih ada walaupun saya rasa acuan mereka sekarang digunakan oleh sebuah syarikat blok Timur.

Semasa membuka kit, seseorang menjumpai saluran kecil yang jelas dengan tingkap (yang akan terbukti tidak berguna), saluran berbentuk bintang yang mengandungi bahagian-bahagian yang lebih kecil, saluran dengan bahagian badan dan satu dengan bahagian sayap. Bahagian hidung kaca terlepas di dalam kotak.

Semuanya memberi kesan kit jenis & quot jangka pendek & quot, mempunyai banyak kilat dan memerlukan banyak pembersihan dan campur tangan.

Melihat bahagian badan, anda dapat melihat bahwa itu dimaksudkan untuk versi C tetapi mereka juga mempunyai peruntukan untuk mengubahnya dengan mudah ke versi B, hanya dengan memotong bahagian belakang di mana posisi senjata mesti datang. Walaupun badan disediakan sebagai C, tidak ada bahagian hidung untuk versi C ini.

Kerja dimulakan dengan kawasan kokpit yang terdiri dari pelat lantai, sekat, dua tempat duduk untuk juruterbang dan tempat duduk ketiga untuk penembak belakang / pengendali radio, dua lajur kawalan, papan pemuka dan konsol tengah yang sangat sederhana.

Arahan tidak memberikan perincian yang tepat mengenai tempat plat lantai yang betul. Lazimnya, sekat itu terletak tepat di belakang bahagian kokpit yang berkaca tetapi anda dapat melihat bahawa ada bahagian yang hilang di mana kedudukan penembak belakang berada. Ini perlu diperbaiki dan saya membuat plat lantai baru, yang lebih panjang.

Gambar-gambar yang saya miliki menunjukkan bahawa warna dalaman pesawat mestilah berwarna kelabu gelap. Saya melukisnya Humbrol 71.

Tingkap yang disediakan di dalam kit tidak sesuai sama sekali dan digantikan oleh Kristal Klear yang tidak begitu jelas tetapi penuh.

Melaraskan bahagian badan menunjukkan bahawa kita tidak mempunyai kit lemparan bersama yang mudah di tangan kita.

Bahagian sayap kering mengesahkan ini. Saya memutuskan untuk bekerja dengan cara yang berlawanan seperti biasa iaitu saya ingin membina pesawat terlebih dahulu dan kemudian memutuskan sama ada saya akan bersusah payah meletakkan perincian dalaman di dalamnya. Selagi hidung tidak terpaku, saya boleh menjangkau hampir semua perkara.

Salah satu prinsip pemodelan saya ialah kit dibuat untuk dibina tetapi bukan atas nama segalanya. Oleh itu: mula-mula satukan dan lihat apakah selebihnya berbaloi.

Kedua-dua bahagian badan dilekatkan bersama sebagai starter diikuti dengan menambahkan bahagian tengah bahagian bawah sayap. Kemudian sekat mesin ditambah serta dinding ruang roda. Ini diikuti oleh bahagian sayap yang selebihnya menghasilkan pemasangan yang hampir sempurna di sebelah kiri dan bukaan 3 mm di sebelah kanan. Pengukuran semula membuktikan bahawa saya tidak salah badan berada di tengah. Hanya ketinggian hujung sayap yang berbeza dan ini diselesaikan dengan membuka bahagian bawah sayap dengan meletakkan pisau cukur sehingga sayapnya akan tergantung sedikit. Selebihnya diisi dengan dempul diikuti dengan pengamplasan.

Setelah ini selesai dan kelihatan baik, pesawat ekor ditambahkan. Weihe adalah konsep yang aneh dan juga ditunjukkan di ekor kerana pesawat ekor mempunyai tempat di hadapan kemudi. Dua penstabil menegak kecil juga perlu ditambah.

Pesawat ekor mempunyai penyangga di bawahnya dalam sokongannya. Perhatikan bahawa anda menambah sokongan pada bahagian ekor yang tetap, bukan bahagian yang bergerak. Ini mungkin terdengar tidak masuk akal tetapi tidak ada titik pelekat pada kit dan pesawat mempunyai bahagian yang besar.

Sayapnya juga mempunyai tali yang besar bermula dari bahagian atas badan tepat di belakang kokpit tepat ke ruang mesin. Separuh strut itu terdapat tali yang lebih kecil yang berjalan dari tali utama ke sayap. Bayangkan sebuah segitiga dengan sudut 90 di mana terdapat garis menegak dari tengah-tengah tepi yang landai ke bawah.

Semua strut dibiarkan kering selama satu malam dan kemudian dempul ditambahkan dan beberapa pengamplasan selesai. Pesawat daripada mendapat lapisan primer Graupner (tin semburan). Ini dibersihkan menggunakan kertas pelelas air yang memungkinkan pemulihan apabila diperlukan.

Fasa seterusnya adalah memeriksa apakah kokpit dan bahagian hidung dipasang dengan baik pada model yang lain. Bencana !! Bahagian hidung sebenarnya tidak cukup jelas tetapi sesuai dengan baik. Kokpit lebih mirip jenis vakum dan terlalu besar dan terlalu besar, jadi apa yang harus dilakukan?

Saya mula-mula mula menipis sedikit dan kemudian memutuskan untuk membuka kokpit. Nasib baik, banyak gambar yang menunjukkan Weihes menunjukkan mereka dengan kokpit mereka terbuka dan dilihat bahawa mereka mempunyai jenis kokpit yang sangat istimewa.

Saya mula-mula memotong tingkap depan, membersihkannya dan perlahan-lahan mengurangkan saiznya sehingga dipasang. Pintu kaca dipotong dari balok kokpit tengah. Saya menempelkan balok ini di antara tingkap depan dan badan sehingga cermin depannya mempunyai sokongan.

Pintu kaca benar-benar berfungsi sebagai pintu, mereka membengkokkan di tengah ke atas dan mereka juga terpasang pada balok tengah. Jika dilihat dari depan, mereka kelihatan seperti M McDonalds tetapi dengan bahagian rata kecil di tengahnya.

Pistol belakang adalah masalah sendiri, terlalu tebal dan tanpa perincian.

Melihat gambar pesawat Jerman lain dengan kedudukan penembak belakang terbuka, seperti BV 138 dan Ju 52 saya dapat melihat bahawa mekanisme senapang dipasang pada roda gigi. Kubah itu dipacu elektrik kerana terdapat sebilangan kotak yang sebahagiannya diletakkan di atas roda gigi. Ia mesti dibina awal.

Salah satu bahagian pada saluran adalah lingkaran plastik yang saya tidak dapat menemui tujuan apa pun dalam rancangannya. Saya memutuskan untuk menggunakannya sebagai roda gigi dan memasang sisa mekanisme di atasnya setelah tepian tersebut dibersihkan dengan teliti.

Penerbitan Squadron Signal di Ju 52 mempunyai gambar stesen senjata api seperti itu. Kita dapat melihat bahawa ada semacam tempat duduk yang terpasang di atasnya. Saya mencipta semula ini dengan menggunakan sekeping plastik sekerap dalam bentuk segitiga dari sudut-sudut yang dipasangkan. Setiap sudut kemudian menerima panjang Evergreen 0,10 x 0,20.

Setelah kering, potongan jalur dibengkokkan ke atas, dipotong menjadi ukuran (4 kaki pada 1/72) dan dilekatkan ke bahagian dalam roda gigi.

Saya hanya perlu menambahkan senapang mesin dan beberapa butiran yang lebih kecil pada sokongannya, pemegang kecil dan sesuatu yang menyerupai mata air berputar. Ini dibuat dari dawai tembaga kecil.

Gear pendaratan utama diperbuat daripada lima bahagian dan roda. Ia kelihatan agak rapuh dan ini membuat saya membuat keputusan untuk membina 3 bahagian pertama (pangkalan roda, oleo berganda dan bingkai V) dan melekatkannya bersama tanpa memasangkannya ke pesawat. Mereka nampaknya baik sehari selepas itu dan kemudian mereka terpasang pada pesawat serta bahagian seterusnya, batang yang menghubungkan ke pembinaan. Setelah satu malam lagi, penutup roda dan roda ditambahkan diikuti oleh pintu ruang roda yang memerlukan pembersihan menyeluruh.

Roda ekor cukup ramah untuk dipecah menjadi dua dan saya perlu menggunakan beberapa lapisan Zap-A-Gap, superglue mengisi jurang untuk memberikan kekuatan tambahan. Lem ini sangat baik untuk mengisi jurang, untuk menguatkan dan mudah dicat.

Dengan pengecualian hidung, pesawat itu telah diperbaiki bahagian utamanya sekarang. Saya rasa sudah tiba masanya untuk menambahkan beberapa pelekat pada tahap ini dan kemudian memakai bahagian yang lebih kecil.

Terdapat banyak bahagian yang lebih kecil untuk ditambahkan: penjana angin di bahagian bawah lambung, lampu pendaratan di bawah sayap kiri, langkah kecil di hujung sayap kiri, antena di atas badan dan satu di bahagian bawah serta antena gelung DF.

Antena di atas tidak menimbulkan masalah. Menurut dokumentasi, jenis C mempunyai pendawaian antena dalam bentuk garis cuci, iaitu dua wayar berjalan selari antara satu sama lain. Jenis B bagaimanapun mempunyai satu wayar tunggal yang berlari dari tiang antena hingga separuh pertengahan pesawat di mana ia terbelah dua dan berlari ke masing-masing bidang ekor. Tiga wayar lain bergerak dari tiang antena ke badan kapal. Cukup sedikit kecurangan.

Hidung pesawat terbukti pada akhirnya menjadi bencana terbesar dan saya harus mengakui bahawa, sekiranya saya membuat semula pesawat, saya akan membina lambung dan hidung terlebih dahulu sebelum menambahkan bahagian lain. Saya rasa penyesuaian hidung lebih mudah pada tahap itu.

Cukup pelik, bahagian hidung (tanpa kedudukan penembak) terbukti terlalu besar dan sukar disesuaikan. Melaraskan juga bermaksud mengubah semula cat.

Kedudukan penembak di sisi lain kelihatan terlalu kecil berkaitan dengan hidung dan bekerja dengan dempul tidak teratur. Menggunakan Zap-A-Gap lebih baik tetapi tidak memberi keajaiban.

Nasib baik, kesan matt plastik itu disembuhkan menggunakan Humbrol Clear Cote di bahagian dalam dan luar.

Arahan menunjukkan RLM 02 ringkas untuk keseluruhan pesawat. Gambar menunjukkan beberapa pesawat dalam skema dua warna tetapi jarang dalam corak penyamaran.

Saya memutuskan untuk tinggal sedekat mungkin ke RLM 02 dan menggunakan Light Aircraft Grey dari Precision. Sayap-sayap itu menerima tali hitam tikar kecil sebagai jalan setapak.

Perincian pada sayap dan kemudi diserlahkan dengan pensil.

Kit ini biasanya menyediakan dua pilihan, satu untuk mesin Austria dan satu lagi untuk satu Jerman. Malangnya decals Austria telah dipadamkan ketika saya membeli kit ini dari tangan kedua dan saya kembali ke versi Jerman. Swastik disediakan dalam dua bahagian.

Mengenai usia mereka, decals dipotong dengan sangat hati-hati tetapi ini tidak dapat mencegah kenyataan bahawa beberapa dari mereka pecah ketika meletakkannya. Pemeriksaan sehari selepas menunjukkan salah satu pelekat jatuh. Memasang semula mereka berjaya dan mereka kemudian ditutup dengan lapisan varnis.

Semuanya sangat istimewa dan bagi saya mesin yang cantik dan saya tertanya-tanya mengapa tidak ada pengeluar lain yang pernah menghasilkan pesawat yang agak unik ini yang sering dilihat pada masa itu. Weihe tidak hanya digunakan oleh Jerman tetapi juga oleh Brazil, Belanda, Austria dan beberapa yang lain dalam jumlah kecil.

Yang mudah? Sudah tentu tidak. Tidak ada kata-kata yang lebih baik untuk menggambarkan pesawat ini daripada yang saya baca di sebuah majalah Perancis mengenai model jenis & quot quot-run & quot yang saya petik selepas terjemahan & quotlebih baik mengatakannya dari awal: kit ini ditujukan untuk mereka yang sudah berpengalaman membuat kit acuan suntikan jenis jangka pendek. Ukiran itu bagus (.), Tetapi penyesuaiannya sukar dilakukan pada setiap peringkat pembinaan: bahagian yang terlalu besar untuk tempat yang dimaksudkan untuknya, penjajaran yang sukar, penggunaan dempul, masalah dalam simetri, dll.

Titik-titik itu akan menuntut semua kemahiran, masa dan kesabaran anda & quot.

Dan masa yang anda perlukan kerana, jika anda tidak membiarkan bahagian kering dalam semalam, anda akan mengalami bencana, terutamanya dengan alat pendaratan.

MPM menunjukkan dalam programnya pada tahun 2003 bahawa mereka bermaksud melepaskan Fw 58. Saya harap ia tidak akan dikeluarkan semula kit Karo-As.

Tetapi, tidak kurang bahagian hidung dan jumlah kerja, hasil akhirnya, menurut pendapat saya, sangat berbaloi. Lihat dengan cara ini: berapa banyak pemodel yang mempunyai Fw 58 Weihe dalam koleksi mereka?


Satu-satunya Fw 58 yang dipamerkan di Museu Aeroespacial di Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil menggunakan kapal terbang ini terutamanya untuk rondaan maritim dan contoh yang dipamerkan adalah salah satu daripada 25 unit Fw 58B-2 yang dibina di Brazil oleh Fábrica de Galeão, sekitar tahun 1941.

Fw 58 C-2 disimpan di Muzium Penerbangan Norway di Bodø. [6]

Fw 58 C terhempas pada 30 Mac 1943 di Lac du Bourget, Perancis, setelah hantaran latihan terbang rendah di tasik itu salah. Dua daripada empat pesawat udara diselamatkan oleh nelayan tempatan. Reruntuhan terletak pada kedalaman lebih dari 110 meter. Oleh kerana air gelap dan sejuk, air masih terpelihara dengan baik, walaupun kanvas di atas struktur cahaya bingkai tiub secara beransur-ansur merosot. Satu cadangan telah dibuat untuk menaikkan reruntuhan, tetapi penyelam tempatan sangat menentang kerana statusnya sebagai kubur perang, dan risiko merosakkannya.


Focke-Wulf Fw 58 Weihe

Fw 58 B-0 - verzia bersenjata tentera dengan presklenou prednou časťou dan guľometom di nosde lietadla.
Fw 58 B-1 - latihan verzia tanpa peralatan, 50 pcs
Fw 58 B-2 - latihan verzia bersenjata, 119 pcs Focke Wulf, 119 pcs Fieseler, 165 pcs Gotha dan 87 ks MIAG,
Fw 58 B-3 / BW - plaváková konverzia vychádzajúca prototaip, Fw 58 V9, 2 buah

Fw 58 C-0 - verovia pra latihan pilotov dan rádiotelegrafistov, tanpa batang kaca, predsériová verzia dalam počte 6 pcs
Fw 58 C-1 - verzia pra latihan pilotov dan rádiotelegrafistov, 34 buah
Fw 58 C-2 - verzia pra latihan pilotov dan rádiotelegrafistov sehingga tangki plaivových kapasiti zväčšenou, 81 ks untuk Focke Wulf, 120 pcs di Fieseler, 155 pcs di Gotha dan 157 ks di MIAG
Fw 58 C-3 - plaváková konverzia dengan motormi Hirth HM 508D (280 hp), 2 buah

Fw 58 D-1 - diaľková verzia dihasilkan pada tahun 1939 (W. Nr. 2125-7) syarikat pra Zeiss, 4 buah

Fw 58 E-1 - testovacia, masing-masing. meteorologi verzia vychádzajúca dari Fw 58 B-2, 1 konverzia
Fw 58 E-2 - 12 pcs séria vychádzajúca dari Fw 58 B-2, yang dirancang pra prevádzku dalam podmienkach zimných keras (lyžový podvozok),
Fw 58 F-1 hingga F-7 - siri kecil tujuan penghantaran Fw 58 C-2 pra-ubah
Fw 58 G-1 hingga G-3 - sanitná verzia, 17 pcs Focke-Wulf, 5 MIAG
Fw 58 H - eksperimen dengan modifikácia dengan trojkolesovým podvozokom dan motormi Hirth HM 508 H (260 k)
Fw 58 J-1 - model, pesawat penyambung, 1 buah
Fw 58-1 - pengintaian eksport dan pengeboman ringan
Fw 58 K-2 - varian pelbagai guna yang dibina di Brazil, 25 pcs, sebutan kilang tempatan Fw 58-V9
Fw 58 K-3 - varian pelbagai guna untuk China, 1 buah
Fw 58 K-10 - 6 B-1 yang tidak bersenjata dijual ke Turki
Fw 58 KA-2 - untuk Hungary, 10 biji
Fw 58 KA-5 - 2 buah sebagai sampel untuk pelaksanaan produksi di Hungary
Fw 58 KB-2 - 2 pcs untuk Bulgaria
Fw 58 KB-3 - 4 keping
Fw 58 KE - pelbagai guna
Fw 58 KJ-1 - mesin fotogrametrik untuk Hansa Luftbild
Fw 58 KL-1 - mengangkut Lufthansa pra, 2 pcs
Fw 58 KL-2 - lalu lintas ringan sebelum Lufthansa, 6 buah
Fw 58 CN-1 - lalu lintas ringan sebelum Lufthansa, 2 buah
Fw 58 KO-1 - fotoprůzkumný, 1 buah
Fw 58 KP-1 - penukaran C-1, untuk menguji radio


Focke-Wulf Fw 58 Weihe (Layang-layang) - Sejarah

Bahagian: 84 bahagian plastik yang disuntik, 17 bahagian yang terukir foto.

SEJARAH
Direka untuk spesifikasi Luftwaffe untuk pengangkutan ringan enam tempat pada awal tahun tiga puluhan, prototaip pertama terbang pada tahun 1935. Dikuasakan oleh dua 240 hp. Mesin berpendingin udara Argus 10C "vee" terbalik, pesawat itu adalah monoplane sayap rendah pembinaan campuran dan penutup kain. Beberapa FW-58A dibina. FW-58B memiliki hidung berkaca-kaca dan posisi pistol punggung, dan dimaksudkan sebagai pelatih kru, walaupun ia dipersenjatai dengan dua senapan mesin MG-156 7.9 mm di atas putar. FW-58BW adalah kapal terbang. Model pengeluaran utama, FW-58C, mempunyai hidung yang padat, dan ditujukan terutamanya untuk tugas pengangkutan ringan dan ambulans udara. Sebilangan besar berkhidmat sepanjang Perang Dunia II dalam peranan tersebut, walaupun banyak digunakan sebagai pelatih multi-mesin dan untuk pekerjaan komunikasi.

Sebilangan kecil dieksport ke Sweden dan Amerika Selatan. Tidak diketahui apakah ada yang terselamat.

Spesifikasi termasuk: Span, 68 '10-3 / 4 in Length, 45' 11-1 / 4 in Cruising Speed, 150 mph Service Ceiling, 18,372 Feet Normal Range, 497 Miles.

Berbanding dengan kapal terbang lain dalam kategori yang sama, pesawat ini nampaknya terlalu besar dan kurang bertenaga. Namun, ia tahan lasak dan boleh dipercayai, dan walaupun menampilkan baling-baling pendakap luaran dan nada tetap, ia terbukti menjadi pesawat yang efisien, walaupun tidak sesuai dengan pesawat seperti Beech 18 atau Oxford.

KIT
Oleh kerana saya telah memutuskan untuk berusaha membina sekurang-kurangnya satu model dari setiap kemungkinan pesawat berskala 1/72 yang dihasilkan hingga akhir Perang Dunia II, saya tidak dapat menahan kit ini di sebuah kedai hobi tempatan. Dan untuk menyelesaikannya, sangat tidak biasa bagi saya untuk membeli kit dan membinanya dalam masa enam bulan. Oleh itu, ketika saya melihat ini di rak, saya membelinya. Nuff sed!

Hobi Istimewa telah berkembang sejak awal, dan kit ini adalah contoh produk terbaik mereka. Kit itu nampaknya tepat, dan ia mempunyai bahagian dalam yang terperinci. Sebenarnya, ia mempunyai perincian di kawasan kabin belakang yang mustahil dilihat melalui tingkap kecil di sisi kabin, dan saya tertanya-tanya mengapa mereka memasukkan perincian itu sama sekali. Tidak ada pintu yang boleh anda buka untuk memaparkannya. Perincian kokpit sangat baik, dengan pedal kemudi kuningan yang terukir, roda trim, panel instrumen, dan tali pinggang keledar. Terdapat perincian sampingan kokpel yang bagus, sesuatu yang lebih moden dari kit pengeluar utama. Walaupun model ini menggambarkan FW-58C, pemodel yang serius dapat mengundurkannya ke versi kaca, seperti kaca yang disediakan, walaupun posisi pistol punggung dan pelbagai perincian harus dibuat awal dengan sejumlah kit yang cukup. Oleh kerana kit lain dari model "B" telah dihasilkan, ini tidak berguna kecuali anda tidak dapat memperoleh model B. Alat pendaratan sangat mungil, dan walaupun pada mulanya saya memandangnya dengan rasa takut, ia mudah bergerak ketika saya mengikuti arahan, untuk sekali.

ARAHAN PERSATUAN
Arahan terdiri daripada dua helai empat sisi kecil. Yang pertama memberikan sejarah pesawat, gambarajah sprue yang sangat jelas, dan dua halaman tiga gambar pandangan, memberikan dua skema warna untuk pesawat yang berbeza. Warna diberikan dalam warna RLM, yang sangat membantu.

Lembaran kedua memberikan arahan pemasangan, menunjukkan urutan pembinaan cukup jelas sehingga arahan bertulis tidak diperlukan. Sudah tentu, dari sekumpulan harga dan kerumitan ini, hanya model yang cukup berpengalaman yang diharapkan dapat membeli kit ini, jadi arahan terperinci sangat tidak diperlukan.

PERHIMPUNAN
Urutan pemasangan sangat logik. Perincikan bahagian dalaman terlebih dahulu, meletakkan semua komponen pada tempatnya. Kemudian bergabung dengan bahagian badan pesawat dan mulakan pemasangan utama.

Saya memilih Krystal Klear dan bukannya tingkap sisi kabin belakang yang kecil, kerana anda tidak dapat melihat apa-apa melalui mereka. Gam putih akan berfungsi juga.

Pengisi sangat sedikit diperlukan untuk jahitan, dan sayapnya adalah landasan ekor yang mudah diselaraskan. Kanopi sangat sesuai, walaupun kon hidung memerlukan sedikit penyesuaian agar sesuai.

LUKISAN
Setelah kerangka udara asas dipasang dan kanopi ditutup, model itu siap untuk dilukis. Dua skema warna diberikan dalam arahan, dan saya memutuskan untuk membuat pesawat 70/71/65, berkod BB + SB. Pesawat ini ditugaskan untuk A / B 32, yang berpusat di Bohemia-Moravia pada tahun 1943. Ia mempunyai tanda kuning Front Rusia untuk menambahkan sedikit warna. Skema warna alternatif adalah untuk pesawat yang ditugaskan untuk LKS7, yang beroperasi dengan unit latihan Luftwaffe di Jerman pada tahun 1943. Ini mempunyai RML 71 pada hidung dan badan pesawat dengan RLM 02 di selebihnya pesawat. Saya tidak memasang penyokong sayap utama atau penyangga pelindung ekor sehingga selepas lukisan selesai.


Sejarah operasi

Fw 58 digunakan secara meluas untuk latihan Luftwaffe pegawai. Itu juga digunakan sebagai transportasi VIP, ambulans, pesawat pengumpan, pengintipan foto, dan pesawat penelitian cuaca. Ia dibina di bawah lesen di Bulgaria, Hungary dan Brazil. Ia juga dikendalikan oleh beberapa negara seperti Belanda, Romania, Croatia dan Turki.

Satu-satunya Fw 58 yang dipamerkan di Museu Aeroespacial di Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil menggunakan kapal terbang ini terutamanya untuk rondaan maritim dan contoh yang dipamerkan adalah salah satu daripada 25 unit Fw 58B-2 yang dibina di Brazil oleh Fábrica de Galeão sekitar tahun 1941.

A Fw 58 C-2 kini dalam proses pemulihan di Muzium Penerbangan Norway di Bodø.

Bangkai kapal Fw 58 C ini kini dapat diakses oleh penyelam maju dengan peralatan & # 8220tech diving & # 8221 kerana terletak pada kedalaman lebih dari 110 meter. Rakaman video kapal karam itu ditayangkan di pelbagai saluran TV Eropah. Oleh kerana air yang gelap dan sejuk, air ini terpelihara dengan baik setelah 70 tahun, walaupun struktur cahaya kanvas di atas tiub secara beransur-ansur merosot.

Rancangan telah dibuat untuk menaikkan bangkai kapal tetapi penyelam tempatan sangat menentangnya kerana aspek etika (ia adalah kubur perang) dan risiko merosakkan bangkai kapal dengan teknik kenaikan yang tidak mencukupi (memotong pesawat beberapa bahagian dengan ROV & # 8217s sebelumnya membesarkannya).


Pengendali

Satu-satunya Fw 58 yang dipamerkan di Museu Aeroespacial di Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil menggunakan kapal terbang ini terutamanya untuk rondaan maritim dan contoh yang dipamerkan adalah salah satu daripada 25 unit Fw 58B-2 yang dibina di Brazil oleh Fábrica de Galeão sekitar tahun 1941.

A Fw 58 C-2 kini dalam proses pemulihan di Muzium Penerbangan Norway di Bodø. [2]

A Fw 58 C terhempas pada 30 Mac 1943 di Lac du Bourget (Perancis) setelah hantaran latihan terbang rendah di atas tasik itu salah, dua dari empat pesawat itu diselamatkan oleh nelayan tempatan. Komando Jerman tempatan malah membebaskan empat "pengganas" - orang tempatan dipenjara kerana disyaki melakukan aktiviti Penentangan - sebagai isyarat muhibah terhadap penduduk tempatan. Bangkai kapal itu saat ini dapat diakses oleh penyelam maju dengan peralatan "menyelam teknologi" kerana terletak di kedalaman lebih dari 110 meter. Rakaman video kapal karam itu ditayangkan di pelbagai saluran TV Eropah. Kerana air yang gelap dan sejuk, air ini dapat diserap dengan baik setelah 70 tahun, walaupun struktur cahaya kanvas di atas tiub secara beransur-ansur merosot. Rancangan telah dibuat untuk menaikkan bangkai kapal tetapi penyelam tempatan sangat menentangnya kerana aspek etika (ia adalah kubur perang) dan risiko merosakkan bangkai kapal dengan teknik naik yang tidak mencukupi (memotong pesawat beberapa bahagian dengan ROV sebelum menaikkannya) ).


Fw 58 digunakan secara meluas untuk latihan Luftwaffe pegawai. Itu juga digunakan sebagai transportasi VIP, ambulans, pesawat pengumpan, pengintipan foto, dan pesawat penelitian cuaca. Ia dibina di bawah lesen di Bulgaria dan Brazil. Ia juga dikendalikan oleh beberapa negara seperti Belanda, Hungary, Romania, Croatia dan Turki.

Satu-satunya Fw 58 yang dipamerkan di Museu Aeroespacial di Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil menggunakan kapal terbang ini terutamanya untuk rondaan maritim dan contoh yang dipamerkan adalah salah satu daripada 25 unit Fw 58B-2 yang dibina di Brazil oleh Fábrica de Galeão sekitar tahun 1941.

A Fw58 C-2 sedang dalam proses pemulihan di Muzium Penerbangan Norway di Bodø - http://www.luftfart.museum.no/Utstillinger/Focke%20Wulf.htm

Sebuah FW 58 terhempas pada tahun 1943 di Lac du Bourget (Perancis) setelah hantaran latihan terbang rendah di atas tasik itu salah, Dua daripada Empat pesawat udara diselamatkan oleh nelayan tempatan (Komando Jerman tempatan bahkan membebaskan empat "pengganas" - tempatan orang dipenjara kerana disyaki melakukan aktiviti Penentangan - sebagai tanda muhibah terhadap penduduk tempatan).

Bangkai kapal itu saat ini dapat diakses oleh penyelam canggih dengan peralatan "menyelam teknologi" kerana terletak pada kedalaman lebih dari 110 M, Rakaman video dari bangkai kapal itu ditayangkan di pelbagai saluran TV Eropah. Oleh kerana air yang gelap dan sejuk, air ini dapat diserap dengan baik setelah 70 tahun, walaupun struktur cahaya kanvas di atas tiub secara beransur-ansur merosot. Rancangan dibuat untuk menaikkan bangkai kapal tetapi penyelam tempatan sangat menentangnya kerana aspek etika (Perang perang) dan risiko merosakkan kapal karam dengan teknik kenaikan yang tidak mencukupi (memotong pesawat dengan beberapa bahagian dari ROV sebelum menaikkannya.)


Focke-Wulf Fw 58 Weihe (Layang-layang) - Sejarah

Vakum Pelbagai Media MPM 1/48 Fw-58B Weihe

Nilai Pasaran Pemungut Kit # 48013 $ 41.50
Imej dan teks Hak Cipta 2005 oleh Matt Swan

Latar Belakang Perkembangan
Pada tahun 1935, Focke Wulf Weihe (dinamakan burung mangsa yang dikenali sebagai Kite atau Drache) terbang untuk pertama kalinya. Ia dikembangkan sebagai pesawat angkut ringan yang bertujuan membawa hingga enam penumpang dan beroperasi di kelas yang sama dengan British Anson atau Oxford. Tidak lama kemudian Luftwaffe yang baru dibangkitkan melihat potensi pesawat itu. Ia diadopsi sebagai pesawat utiliti standard dengan sangat cepat dan melihat perkhidmatan dengan Luftwaffe tidak hanya tetapi dengan banyak perkhidmatan udara bersama. Dikuasakan oleh sepasang mesin berpendingin udara Argus S-10 lapan silinder terbalik V yang menghasilkan 240 hp setiap satu dan dengan bingkai logam dikimpal yang ditutupi kain, ia dikonfigurasi dengan beberapa cara yang berbeza untuk pelbagai aplikasi.
Enam varian utama dihasilkan B-1 adalah versi asli yang dibangun sebagai pengangkutan dan juga digunakan sebagai pesawat latihan, B-2 memiliki sebanyak tiga senapan mesin pertahanan di hidung berkaca dan menara punggung dan dapat memasang rak luaran di bawah sayap dan badan kapal untuk membawa bom 25 Kg. Versi C, yang paling banyak dihasilkan, mempunyai hidung padat dan pintu kargo besar dipasang di badan pesawat tepat di atas sayap. Ki-2 adalah versi penumpang awam dengan atap pesawat yang dinaikkan untuk menyediakan lebih banyak ruang kepala dan versi S, juga dikenali sebagai Leukoplastbomber atau Band-Aid Bomber adalah ambulans udara. Beberapa kapal terbang dilengkapi dengan apungan dan ditetapkan Fw-58BW dan digunakan sebagai pesawat laut.
Pesawat ini agak perlahan dan menyediakan platform yang sangat stabil untuk pengeboman dan pemetaan udara. Hasil daripada ciri penerbangan ini, Sweden membeli beberapa pesawat sebelum perang untuk digunakan secara khusus sebagai platform pemetaan udara. Antara tahun 1939 dan 1942, hampir 4.500 pesawat dihasilkan tetapi hari ini merupakan pesawat misteri bagi peminat pesawat WW2. Sebilangan besar pesawat ini mengakhiri karier mereka sebagai subjek latihan kebakaran atau hanya kehabisan masa. Hari ini hanya satu contoh yang masih ada di muzium Brazil.

Kit itu
Sekiranya anda meluangkan masa dan mempertimbangkan jangka masa ketika kit ini dihasilkan (tahun 1970-an), kemudian perhatikan barang-barang aksesori seperti lembaran instrumen asetat dan kepingan gambar kuningan anda mungkin menyedari betapa istimewa kit yang anda pegang di tangan anda. Jelas ini adalah kit berbentuk vakum dan dilakukan dengan menggunakan cetakan rongga ini menghasilkan garis panel renyah yang bagus dan tekstur permukaan yang baik. Garis panel konsisten dan jelas pada ketiga-tiga helai kepingan vakum. Stok plastik yang digunakan untuk kit ini sungguh berat. Ini menghasilkan kepingan padat yang baik walaupun plastik telah diregangkan di kawasan yang luas seperti di sekitar kawasan kokpit atau mesin nacelles. Semua kepingan Vac kecuali nacelles enjin mempunyai definisi yang sangat baik. Nacelles enjin agak kabur pada penentuannya dan akan mengambil kajian yang teliti sebelum pemotongan dilakukan. Proses vakum menggunakan beberapa lubang halus di dalam acuan untuk menyedut plastik lembut sehingga terbentuk dan akibatnya terdapat beberapa lesung pipih yang halus di permukaan bahagian Vac yang mesti dicukur semasa proses penyediaan bahagian. Secara keseluruhan terdapat dua puluh bahagian kosong untuk dikerjakan.


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While the Vac parts of this kit are so nice the injection molded pieces leave something to be desired. Here we have all the signs of a limited run kit from the 70s heavy sprue gates, poor mold alignment and heavy flash. Each part must be sawn off the tree rather than cut off with sprue cutters. If you use sprue cutters you will assume a high risk of damaging the parts and there is no option to go back to the manufacture and get replacements. Once removed from the tree each part requires extensive and careful clean-up before it can be used. Among the plastic pieces we have various detail pieces such as landing gear parts, cockpit interior items, propellers and engine cowling faces. Overall detail on these pieces is fair at best but the basic size and shape is good so there is plenty of opportunity to dress these up with some modeling skill. Of the seventy-seven plastic pieces here a few of them are duplicates that indicate this mold did double duty for the Fw-58C kit that MPM produced during the same time period.
Moving right along we have a single set of clear parts (no room for mistakes here) covering the flight deck canopy, the clear nose section and the four side windows. The parts display well defined frame lines but have all acquired a slight cloudiness from age. I do not think they will be able to be made totally clear even with an application of Future. The most distressing aspect of the clear parts is that the nose cone is split right down the center which puts a seam directly through the clear panels on the top of the nose. At this point I don t know if it will be best to try to assemble this and try to fill that seam or to simply cut those panels out and replace them with new clear stock. Parts count gives us eight clear pieces.
Lastly we have a small sheet of photo etched brass pieces and an acetate sheet of instrument faces. The brass includes two sets of rudder pedals (only one set is used for the C version) with boot straps, a nice three dimensional dash face, some lower cooling grills for the engines and gun sight pieces. The multi-media instrument panel does make for a good looking piece but the kit lacks all detail for the throttle quadrant. Counting the seventeen brass pieces, acetate panel, twenty Vac pieces, eight clear parts and seventy-seven injection-molded pieces we have one hundred twenty three pieces in the box.

Decals and Instructions
The instructions for the kit consist of an A-3 and an A-4 sized sheet of mimeographed information. One large panel of the A-3 sheet covers the historical background of the aircraft in three languages with the next panel covering decal placement for one aircraft and some general color codes for the interior areas and exterior scheme. The flip side of this sheet has a full size three view drawing of the aircraft showing proper wing dihedral, tail-plane alignment and antenna placement. The A-4 sheet has two exploded views that show all the various parts along with a complete parts map. This map is important because none of the trees or Vac sheets have part numbers on them. There is a lot of information packed into these sheets and careful study is needed before anything is glued together.
There are two sheets of waterslide decals from Propac Team which cover a single Luftwaffe aircraft. National markings, two part swastikas and aircraft code letters are pretty much the extent of the decals other than a single set of warning stencils. I ve used Propac Team decals before without any complaints but I think I ll be looking for some aftermarket decals that can be converted to this aircraft.

Conclusions
As far as I know MPM is the only company that ever offered this kit in 1/48 scale and I know of no kits in 1/72. This seems somewhat odd as this was a very important aircraft for the Axis and so many were produced. The kit is well engineered and while some advanced modeling work is required, can be made into a very impressive model. While there are no aftermarket items made specifically for this model there are many things that can be commandeered for use with it such as Luftwaffe seatbelts, Argus engines and aftermarket Luftwaffe, Swedish, Romanian, Bulgarian or Slovakian decals just to name a few. Not only did MPM offer this model but they also produced it in a 1/48 resin version and a multimedia vacuform C version. No longer available in hobby stores if you see one at a trade show or on the swap tables I suggest you grab it and head for home because you have a rare little gem.

Pembinaan
9/30/05

Whenever I review a kit I always have to fight the urge to just jump in and start building and let me tell you, the urge was strong with this one. While I was examining the box contents a poster arrived from a friend in Brussels that showed an Fw-58B in Romanian markings. Bolehkah anda mempercayainya? Well, I was lost right there. Resistance had become futile.
The first step with any vacuform model is to outline the parts with a fine black or dark colored marker and I had already done that for the review so out came the fresh razor knife and the fuselage was quickly removed from the master sheet. For those of you unfamiliar with Vac kits this was done by scoring the demarcation line within the black marked line three or four times then snapping the part free. This may sound easy and guess what it is. The plastic over the cockpit area was rough cut with a Dremel cut-off wheel then sanded to size with a flat diamond needle file. The nose piece that would be left in place for the C version is not removed until after the main seam line has been sanded to help prevent the fuselage from warping. The excess plastic at the cut line was sanded down using a sheet of aluminum oxide sandpaper attached to my desk to ensure a nice flat surface.
When I cut the fuselage pieces out I also cut out the cockpit canopy and removed the injection molded backing plate for the instrument panel. These two pieces are needed to test fit onto the fuselage during the sanding process to make sure that not too much material is removed from the fuselage. You can always sand a little more off until these two key parts fit but it is real tough to add plastic if your fuselage ends up being too narrow. Once I was happy with the way these pieces fit together I removed the Vac pieces that formed the floor pan along with the injection piece that will house the bombsite. The instructions indicate there is an angle in the first floor pan but does not show exactly where it should be or how much of an angle should be created. I taped the fuselage together and worked through the wing opening to determine the answers to these points then attached the front injection piece.
I went ahead and assembled the rest of the cockpit interior pieces that the kit provides. These pieces hint at a very nice interior but did not give me enough detail. I plan on opening both crew hatches so visibility into the interior will be good and with the dorsal gun position you ll be able to see into the fuselage from that angle also. The nose is cut off and the floor pan is test fit again but now I am paying attention to what is visible along the interior side walls and thinking about what I can do to help flush this space out. Once again the fuselage is taped together but this time I have cut out the clear nose pieces and have them taped in place also.

While I think about detailing this I open up the four side windows with a burr bit in the Dremel followed by some careful shaving with a razor knife. The dorsal position is not very clearly marked, a result of this fuselage piece doubling for the C model, so to help me out here I ve removed the new panel from the master sheet and have it handy for repeated test fittings as I slowly open the hole with a series of flat files. I do notice that the new plate for the dorsal gun position is slightly wide and will need some trimming when it comes time to permanently install it.
Okay, it s time to start scratch building. First I want to construct the tubular steel framing and this is done with Evergreen styrene rod glued in place with Tenex 7R. The area directly above and behind the cockpit is ribbed with thin strips cut off a sheet of stock plastic using a six-inch stainless steel ruler to keep them even. The strips are so fine they want to curl up and have to be glued down in increments to straighten them back out. During repeated test fits of the basic floor pan I found a couple of spots where the ribbing had to be removed to get a good fit but this will not be noticeable when complete. In fact it actually helps to align the floor pan. Once that is done the fuselage heads for the paint room. I had a tough time deciding what color to paint the interior. I have a couple of black and white pictures of the interior of the Fw-58 and it could be light gray or it could be gray green. Since this was built by Focke Wulf and this model was manufactured prior to 1941 I decided to use RLM 02, gray-green.
That big round wheel thing is a kit part and actually does look just like a big round wheel thing found there on the real plane. The fire can was made from some extra sprue sanded down with some magnet wire and Evergreen rod. The ammo cans came from the spares box (never, ever throw anything away) and the forward instrument panels were made from varying sizes of Evergreen flat stock with thin sheets of overlay to give them depth. Instrument faces are Mike Grant decals. Parachutes are again from the spares box and the map table is Evergreen flat stock. Not readily visible from this angle are some maps of Europe scanned, reduced, printed and glued to the table. I made a map light from a small piece of sprue and a length of magnet wire. Before the maps got glued down the entire interior got a good coating of basic sludge wash. Alignment tabs were added from scrap plastic left over from cutting out the fuselage sections (never throw anything away ever). A couple of umbilical wires were superglued along the fuselage wall and tie downs are simply painted on the wire. This may sound like a lot of work but so far the interior detailing is one day of modeling, all right it was a full day.
We re going to give that fuselage interior a day for everything to dry now and start working on the floor pan. In this shot to the left we have the base floor pan as provided by MPM. Not very exciting is it? First thing I want to deal with here is the view into the aft of the fuselage I don t like it. I use more Evergreen ribbed flat stock to fashion a bulkhead and an access door is made simply by framing an area with thin strips of plastic. This is test fit into the fuselage a couple times and adjusted with a sanding stick until a good fit is achieved then glued to the floor pan. The assembly at this point heads to the paint room for a coat of RLM 02. Looking in the spares box I have a bunch of field kits left over from a couple of previous Luftwaffe builds so these are painted up and superglued in various places. I still have a parachute kicking around so that is going to be placed in the general area of the bombardier. The seat for the bombardier is made from more of that Evergreen ribbed flat stock, man this is some handy stuff to have lying around.
When placing the bombardier s seat the floor pan was test fit to the fuselage for proper spacing with the forward map table. Seat belts were added from a Lion Roar set of Luftwaffe belts. Those yellow cans hiding behind the pilot s seat I have no idea what they are but I found them in the spares box and thought they would look cool back there. Mike Grant decals are added to the large radio unit and some colored dials are added using a sharpened toothpick dipped in paint. The floor pan gets a coat of sludge wash and more reduced maps are added to the radio operator s table. The traffic areas on the floor are rubbed with brown and gray crushed pastel chalks to give them a dirty look and a few wire umbilicals are added from the small instrument panel in front of the pilot to the large radio unit.


And here is a look at the floor pan placed into the port fuselage. Oh yeah, that second control yoke is not called for in the instructions. I added it based on reference photos of this area. I guess if you needed to use this station it was while the flight crew was changing places or you where in a really deep pile of stinky stuff.

The last internal piece to deal with is the dash board. As I said in the box review section this is a pretty good dash but the throttle quadrant is totally naked. First let s get the base dash completed. The three plastic pieces that form the back panel and throttle quadrant are assembled and painted RLM-02. The brass dash face is airbrushed with Mr. Surfacer 1200 then with RLM-66. The acetate panel has the back side painted white to highlight the instrument faces. Moving back to the dash face the instrument bezels are done with some flat black dry brushed across the surface. A fine brush is dipped in red and touched to the inner edges of a few openings followed by some yellow. These openings were picked based on close inspection of some black and white pictures of actual Fw-58 dash boards. I applied some red, yellow, silver and white paint to various knobs with that sharpened toothpick then test fit the acetate panel to the brass face perfect fit, thank you very much.
A couple of very fine spots of superglue were placed on the acetate panel and the brass face was pressed in place. Once this set the assembly was test fit to the plastic base oops, now things don t quite fit. I had to saw some slots into the piece that forms the throttle quadrant with a razor saw to get the piece to fit properly and then it was attached permanently with a fine layer of superglue looks pretty good doesn t it? Well, it s not good enough. Next I will add throttles, flap levers, landing gear levers, more instrumentation and we'll kick this up a notch.

10/2/05
Working with an old black and white picture of a Fw-58 dash I start dressing this up. First I added about six Mike Grant Instrument Decals with two going into the existing dash layout and four going onto the sub-panel on the lower right. I also used a couple of placards from the same decal sheet onto the top, front and sides of the throttle quadrant. I save all left-over model pieces and have accumulated a pretty nice little stash of odd photo etched stuff. Looking through this stash I found several small levers that were used to add the throttles, flap levers and landing gear levers. These were all attached with very fine spots of superglue and done while wearing a 15 power Omni Visor. Two more levers were added to the dash itself and the various lever handles were painted with white, black, red and yellow enamels. A little Micro-Sol setting solution was applied to the decals and the dash was ready. This took about two hours to finish.
It s time to start bringing all these subassemblies together. First I want to install the floor pan into the fuselage so it will be secure while I place the instrument panel. The directions are very vague as to the exact placement of the panel so I decided the best approach would be to install it last. I let the glue set overnight on the floor pan then began the dash installation, right away I started running into trouble. The right hand control yoke interfered with the flap levers on the dash column and broke two off in the blink of an eye and they just went sailing right off the work table. Fortunately my new work space has hard wood floors and I was able to recover the PE levers very quickly. I reattached the levers then carefully broke off the right hand control yoke. The dash still would not fit now it conflicted with the rudder pedals. I m getting irritated now but kept calm. I reached into the fuselage with some heavy tweezers and removed the rudder pedal assembly. Now the dash fit. It was secured with some Tenex 7R then the rudder pedal assembly was reinstalled as was the right hand control yoke. You may click on the small image to the left to view a full size picture of the floor pan installed in the left side fuselage.
At every step where I add something or put a subassembly in place I have been dry fitting the fuselage halves together and making any small adjustments that were necessary and this has really paid of now. The fuselage halves are dry fit one last time then Tenex 7R is wicked into the seam. I pay a lot of attention to panel lines and edge lines at this point making sure the halves are properly lined up and there is no warpage. Once the entire seam has been glued I spend the next hour keeping some gentle pressure on the halves while the glue sets up and the model is given the rest of the evening to cure fully.
The next piece I want to work on is the dorsal gun position. MPM does not give us much to work with here. The instructions tell us to glue a seat back to the fuselage wall and glue the gun armature to the fuselage also. Hey, this is a turret! That means it should turn! First things first, I need to saw a gun stowage slot into the aft section of the fuselage and this is done with a razor saw followed by a flat diamond file. Next I haul out my Evergreen plastic stock. Starting with a very thin strip of sheet I cut it to just wrap around the interior of the gun position opening and carefully glue the ends together to make a ring. With this still held in the opening I glue a piece of flat stock to the bottom of the ring. This gives the ring a lot of strength. The ring is removed from the opening and the outside edge of the flat stock is trimmed to be round. The interior ring area of the flat stock is removed with a Dremel leaving a small lip. I cut a thin string of plastic off the base stock sheet and wrapped that around the outside base of the ring to create a spacer and lower compression edge for the turret. This is glued in place with fine drops of Tenex 7R on a paint brush. The ring is test fit to the opening looks good so far.
Next the kit provided seat is glued to the inside of the ring. Once the glue sets the ring is reinserted into the gun opening. Using another string of plastic I carefully wrap this around the top edge of the ring and glue it in place sandwiching the fuselage between the two strings of plastic. The glue process is most delicate here because I do not want the glue to wick down to the fuselage and lock the whole thing up. I am successful and the turret is now secured in place and turns easily. The gun armature is glued to the inner lip of the turret ring and some blocks of stock plastic are added as a fluid reservoir and small instrument panel. A piece of round stock is cut and added to one side and some small pieces of magnet wire are added as hydraulic lines. Now it is ready for the paint room.

The turret assembly is first primed with Mr. Surfacer 1200 then airbrushed with Gunze Sangyo RLM 02. After the paint has dried for an hour some Lion Roar Luftwaffe lap belts are added, the small panel and tank are painted black, two Mike Grant Instrument decals are applied to the panel and the hydraulic lines are painted dark brown. The assembly is installed into the fuselage. The outside corners of the gun position plate needed to be shaved with a razor to conform to the fuselage walls then Mr. Surfacer 500 is applied with a toothpick to all the seams and allowed to set completely. All the seams are wet sanded until smooth (about two hours of elbow grease there) and the fuselage is basically complete.

So far I have put a lot of work into the interior on things that are not going to be easily seen. Moving onto the flight surfaces I will continue to make changes to the model that will be more readily viewed. Let s take a look at the elevator the kit pieces are vacuformed with the elevator in the neutral position I want those babies drooped so once the primary pieces are removed from the master sheet the control surfaces are scored repeatedly with a razor knife until they can be snapped off. The control surfaces were glued together and labeled left and right then the central section was glued together. I still have to fill the interior opening but have already filed a slight bevel to the inside surface so when reassembled they have about a 10 degree droop. When test fitting the elevator to the fuselage I found that the fuselage section needed some heavy sanding to get the correct angle of attack. I test fit things a lot and this is probably one of the most critical things you can do to ensure good results when modeling, don t skip this step.

10/15/05
After all sanding and test fitting of the tail plane had been completed the pieces were glued in place. The injection molded tail plane struts are very brittle with heavy gate ports and a very noticeable mold separation seam. This is all cleaned up with sanding sticks and then they are glued in place. Each strut has a vertical support and a lot of care is needed to ensure that they are parallel to the vertical center of the stabilizing fin.
Next the wing panels are removed from the master sheet and cleaned up. The trailing edges are thinned out and the vacuforming dimples are shaved off the surfaces. I gave a lot of thought to lowering the flaps on this build then found out that the Fw-58 rarely if ever used the flaps. Due to the very light wing loading those huge flaps were only used when operating on very short runways. Since this is going to be a Romanian bird chance are that is was operating from good condition flying fields so the flaps will be left in the closed position. The inner bulkheads for the landing gear bays were removed from the master sheet, sanded to shape and installed. Once the outer wing panels had been glued together they were attached to the central lower wing section. The glue is allowed to completely set and the seams are then wet sanded smooth.
Time for more dry fitting the wing is fit to the fuselage and not only is the immediate connection checked for fit but also the wing dihedral and alignment to the rest of the model is verified. A few minor corrections are made with a diamond needle file and the wing gets glued in place. The upper seam at the fuselage and the lower front and rear seams are all filled with Squadron White Putty and smoothed out with a cotton swab soaked in acetone based fingernail polish remover.


We ll let the putty set up for a day then start sanding this stuff down. In the meantime I will be spending some time thinking about how to detail the interior of the gear bays and check some reference material on the gear struts.

11/5/05
Not too much progress has been made on this build over the last few weeks. Some of the more mundane aspects of life have been intruding on my hobby along with some contract builds I ve been working on. However some limited work has been done. I have cleaned up all the support struts for the wing and installed them. All the previously filled seams have been sanded down. I have taped together the nose glazings and taped them in place just to get some idea of how she will be looking and have set the main canopy in place for the moment. I have a disc of reference material that I still need to work through before I start putting the engines together. I had looked at it briefly a few weeks ago and noticed a real nice shot of some ground crew replacing spark plugs on the Argus engines and need to find that shot again. But for now this build is setting off to the side of the work area and looks like this ..

12/4/05
I finally made it back to this project. I usually have several builds going all at the same time and can divide my time pretty evenly amongst them. Occasionally one will hit a critical mass and suck up all my time until it is complete which is exactly what had happened with the Ju-87 D-5 build. That one is complete so this one will start moving forward again.
With the primary fuselage and wing assemblies complete I need to start focusing on the wheel wells, landing gear and engine assembly. After removing the kit parts from the sprue and cleaning them up I checked my reference material for images of the landing gear. Surprisingly MPM did a real good job on the gear. It is a fairly clean and simple assembly and other than the lack of a brake cable it looks very close. Close enough that I will only add the brake cable and move on. The interior of the wheel wheels are airbrushed with RLM 02. The main strut is mounted on a toothpick and the gear leg is assembled and painted RLM 02. The wheel is done with tire black and the wheel hub is brush painted flat black. The oleo covers are painted rubber and the brake cable is done with a very dark brown. The whole thing gets a heavy coat of sludge wash and this one is done.
The engine is going to be slightly more difficult as the kit does not include one and right at the moment I have very little in the line of pictures to help me out. My reference material has one image of the engines being serviced on a Swedish aircraft and that is my initial basis of reference. I just happen to have several resin Argus AS-410 V-12 engines and will use a couple of these to build an Argus S-10 engine. This begins with a razor saw and cutting banks of cylinders free from the 410 engine and reassembling them to match what I see in the reference material. I add some ignition wires, exhaust manifold and PE cylinder covers to busy up the look. A few resin engine mounts are recovered from the scrap box, cut down to fit this and added to the engine. The engine block is done with flat black enamel, the cylinder heads with burnt iron dry brushed with silver and the ignition wires in red. The engine mounts are RLM 02 and the exhaust manifold is Testors Rust. The entire assembly gets a wash of lighted Payne s Gray and is set aside.
The engine cowling pieces are removed from the master sheet and cleaned up. There exist small dimples along each side of the nacelle to help in locating the exhaust stacks these I drill out to fit a piece of Evergreen round rod. This will be inserted to the interior manifold so that with the panel open it is complete inside. I have cut out the left hand service panel and opened up the air inlet in the nose of the nacelle. Later I will open the right hand panel. I test fit the engine assembly into the nacelle and to the bulkhead in the wing. A few minor adjustments are needed and the engine is attached to the bulkhead. It is about at this time that Steve Forster contacts me and informs me that he has just recently visited the air museum in Rio and has some pictures of the sole surviving Fw-58. When I examine these pictures (he took some great shots of the engine thanks Steve) I find that my modeling guesswork is very close to the actual thing I am very pleased with the results.

12/26/05
I spent some time putting together the second landing gear strut and cleaning up the connection of the engine to the bulkhead. The right side engine nacelle was assembled and installed and the landing gear bays were painted RLM-02. Mr. Surfacer 500 was layered onto the connections of the engine nacelles to the wing and sanded down to achieve a smooth connection. The four exhaust stacks were removed from the sprue and cleaned up. Once the heavy mold separation seams were removed and the injector gates shaved off I drilled a medium size hole into the end of the exhaust then carefully opened it up with a fresh Xacto blade to create a large opening with a fine wall around the perimeter. Once all four were done they were glued in place.
Next the landing gear struts were dry fit to the bays. The remaining length of magnet wire that forms the brake cable was bent to conform to the wheel well and trimmed off. A good drop of Tenax 7R was placed into the well and the first strut went in. Once the glue was set up enough to hold it in place the second strut went in and then they were checked for alignment. The tail wheel was cleaned up, a mounting hole was drilled and it was placed. At long last the Wiehe has found her legs.
When I was putting together the right hand engine nacelle I painted up a second engine and glued it into the nacelle to take care of the areas that would be visible through the front air inlet. I did not go so far as to include wiring or mounting hardware as none of that would be visible anyway. In the picture below and to the far right you can just barely seen part of that engine through the front air inlet.


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1/2/06
All the clear parts that I m going to use (some will be replaced) were removed from the master sheet and dipped in Future. While removing the clear nose cone with my Dremel I slipped and put a terrible mark across the glazing. To repair the damage I sanded the spot with progressively finer sandpaper until I was polishing with a 4000 buffing stick then dipped the piece in Future. You cannot tell there was ever a mark on it now. The clear plastic has a lot of cloudiness to it and the Future is only reducing that marginally. Any flat windows will be replaced with clear card stock like on the fuselage areas. The small panes are cut to size, masked with tape and glued in place with Testors Clear Parts Cement. While the Future was curing on the large pieces I worked on placing little exterior detail pieces like the landing light, external generator and antenna hardware.
Once the Future was cured I taped the two main nose pieces together making sure all the frame lines were aligned then dry fit the piece. I had to trim the front and back using the flat side of a large cut-off wheel mounted in my Dremel and using a very soft touch. Once I was happy with these surfaces I mounted the nose cone with tape to the first two pieces and test fit the entire assembly to the nose of the aircraft. Everything seems to be lining up very well. The biggest issue that I will have to deal with is a seam that runs directly through a large curved panel on top of the nose and through a smaller round window. I think I will cut these two panels out, assemble the nose then replace the panes with new ones made from clear stock. The larger of the two will have to be heat shaped on a curved surface before being cut to its final size more on that later. For the moment here she is, notice in the background of the left hand picture is the fuselage from an Italian SM.79 that s just so you can get a size reference. And as with most of these small images you can click on them for a larger picture.


1/21/06
The general fit of the clear parts seems to be good so now I will deal with that nasty seam through the top panels. I cut out the large square panel and the small round panel from the top pieces. I cut some small tabs of plastic from Evergreen stock and superglued them onto the clear parts to act as alignment tabs. Note that I used superglue here, normally I stay well away from superglue when working with clear parts but these are not polystyrene clear parts more like thick acetate. Now the two halves are glued together then the nose section is added. Some accelerator is applied and the glue seam is trimmed with a razor while it is still soft. The machine gun is painted and installed with some clear parts cement. The tedious task of masking these panels with strips of masking tape is next then new clear panels are cut from some clear bubble card and glued into the top openings using Testors Clear Parts Cement. So far I have about five evening of modeling time to reach this point.
The entire nose assembly is now ready to be attached to the model. Superglue is used for the initial work followed by a coat of RLM-02 (can t fill clear parts seams with first laying down some interior paint color) followed by an application of Mr. Surfacer 500. Over about six more evenings I will sand the seam, Paint RLM-02 again, apply more Mr. Surfacer, let dry and sand again and repeat the entire process until I have a connection I am happy with. This seems like a lot of work for very little progress but at long last the seam is done. The last little details like the pitot tubes are added and the openings are all packed with dampened tissue paper. We are now ready for some primer.
One final inspection for errors is done and the model is dusted off with compressed air before the kit gets a complete coat of Mr. Surfacer 1000 cut about 50% with lacquer thinner. This dries overnight and some light sanding is done the following day to smooth out a few rough areas. She gets another dusting with compressed air and heads back to the paint room for preshading. All panel lines are hit with Krylon gloss black applied with low pressure at close range. Don t ask my why I used Krylon this time I wanted a black preshade and the can was sitting right there so Anyway, here she sits now waiting for some RLM-65 next.

2/10/06
The preshading has dried and the painting can continue. First the lower wingtips and fuselage are painted yellow with Testors flat yellow. Once this has dried all areas are masked off and the lower surfaces are down with RLM-75 Light Blue. After another day of dry time the lower are is masked off and the upped splinter pattern of RLM-71 is done. More dry time and then more masking before the final layer of RLM-70 is added. Now the main masks can be removed. Some little fuzzies have attached themselves to the engine details from the once damp tissue paper but a paint brush dipped in water takes care of that problem.

Next comes the standard coating of Future floor polish cut 25% with isopropyl alcohol to seal the paint. This dries overnight and decals start going down. Nobody makes decals for a Romanian Fw-58 and these are custom markings made by Mike Grant specifically for this project. These decals are two piece markings with a solid white backing followed by the colored decals. The rudder is masked off and painted flat yellow, allowed to dry then a 6.5mm wide strip of masking tape is laid down the center before red and blue enamels are applied to create the Romanian tail colors. Next I ll be working on some unit markings and service stencils.

3/4/06
Okay, this is it the final installment of this build. Once the decals had fully dried down I sealed them again with Future then applied a sludge wash into the various panel lines. This was wiped down with a slightly damp paper towel to finish the weathering. The antenna was installed next here I used some invisible thread drawn across a black permanent marker. I started with the two short spans forward of the mast then the two long spans to the tail and completed it with the final short spans running up the mast. All contact points were done with fine drops of gap filling superglue and accelerator. Various antenna insulators are simply spots of superglue painted white.
The engine access doors are installed with superglue and short pieces of magnet wire are cut and painted red to act as hood supports. I dug up some photo etched hinges from the spares box (they originally came from a Koster Do-217 conversion set) and used them to install the landing gear doors. The kit provided photo etched gun sights were placed (these are really different pieces) and the photo etched radiator grills were placed under the engines. For the radiator grills I used Testors Clear Parts Cement so that I would have plenty of time to get them properly positioned. The aft gun was painted, assembled and installed. The model was then coated with some Polly Scale clear flat and the last of the masks could then be removed. The only thing left now are the crew access doors and these do present a bit of a problem.
The real problem with the crew doors come from the fact that all the side frame lines are in the wrong position. If you plan on leaving them closed then there is no problem but once open the hinge line is all wrong and they will not position correctly. I had to lay down my masking tape to move the center frame line about 2mm towards the top of the door then trim a thin strip off the wide bottom end of the door and relocate this strip to the narrow top side of the door. Did you follow that? Can t blame you if you did not because I can barely follow it. The final result of this is that the center hinge line moves almost 3mm down the door and now they look right in the open position. The doors were Futured, masked, airbrushed with RLM-02 then with the top colors in a matching splinter scheme to the rest of the aircraft. The hinge was done by scoring the clear plastic with a fresh razor knife, bending the door to the desired position then drawing a fine amount of superglue down the length of the hinge to lock it in position. Grab handles were made from magnet wire and the doors were attached with more superglue. The real secret to using superglue around clear parts is accelerator. Fogging of clear parts is caused by the fumes emitted by superglue while it cures and accelerator causes it to cure immediately hence no fume and no fogging.
Time for the final touch some ground pastel chalks are rubbed into the lower surface of the wings as exhaust staining. I use an eye shadow swab to do this with those things are what your wife/girlfriend use to put their eye shadow on with and are quite handy to have around. Just don t let her know where you keep them or you ll never have one when you need it. It has taken me over five months to complete this build and really the only areas that gave me any trouble were the clear parts, the nose glazing has that horrendous seam right through two panels, the crew doors have the frames in the wrong places and the plastic used by MPM is slightly cloudy from age. Other than that everything went together very well, all parts fit like they should, directions were good (not great, just good) but we cannot forget this is a 1970 s era kit so for that time it must have been rather exceptional.


I m using one of my generic diorama bases for pictures, the crew members are from Preiser figure kits and from an ICM kit. Oil drums come from Preiser and Verlinden, the work table and ladder are from the ICM Russian Aces series of Yaks and the Kettenkraftrad is the Tamiya kit.

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Tonton videonya: Focke Wulf Fw 58 Weihe