The Polish firm has adapted its existing 1/72 tooling of the long-nosed Fw 190 to provide the D-13 sub-type.
Fans of the Fw 190D rejoiced when IBG Models issued its 1/72 new-tool Fw 190D last year. Through various boxings, Luftwaffe fans can build the D-9/11/15, but the singular D-13 can also be tackled via IBG’s kit 72535. This offers all the parts needed to represent the airframe format built at the Weser Nordenham plant. Three colour schemes are provided, along with a comprehensive fret of photo-etched brass details.
Above: The D-13 sported a much flatter engine cowling panel and it's replicated well here.
Above: Several of IBG's Fw 190D runners are generic such as this example; the middle spinner is correct for the D-13.
Among the many common ‘190D styrene parts are new items representing later ‘D’ traits. These include the bulge-less, continuous-line engine cover (with side bulges for the new engine bed), large oval supercharger intake, correct spinner for the 20mm engine-mounted cannon, paddle-bladed VS9 propeller and different engine grille. Just as important, the decal sheet caters for different D-13 airframes, one of these being famous as the world’s sole preserved example:
• Wk Nr 836015 (or possibly 018), unknown unit, abandoned in Gardelegen, Germany, May 1945
• Wk Nr 836016 Black Double Chevron, possibly JG 26, found at Pilsen-Bory, Czechoslovakia, May 1945
• Wk Nr 836017/Yellow 10, Maj Franz Götz, Stab JG 26, as discovered in Flensburg, Germany, May 1945
All airframes wear late-war ‘structural’ camouflage on the undersides and have high demarcation lines on the fuselage sides. However, Yellow 10 is famous for its heavy, intricate mottle pattern on its upper surfaces. And it’s great that IBG has provided a Spiralschnauze spinner decal for Yellow 10, as it’s much easier than trying to mask and paint it.
Above: A bespoke set of D-13 engine bearers is supplied.
Above: The detail and accurate shape of the VS9 propeller is noteworthy.
This is a pleasing addition to the IBG Fw 190D family and affords the opportunity to complete one of the more uncommon ‘Dora’ sub-types. It costs €23.50 when purchased direct from IBG Models, but it’s also available via Hannants in the UK.