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Focke-Wulf 19a Ente - Modified Planet 1/72nd resin kit


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Here is the Focke-Wulf 19a Ente, as it flew in Hanworth, England, in 1931, being demonstrated to the local public.

The "Ente" ("Duck" in German, -or as the configuration is more commonly known by its French appellative: Canard), has a somewhat unusual arrangement, that was however very common at the dawn of aviation, and is used contemporarily in a variety of planes.

It is not -as the uneducated would have you call it- a "tail-first" plane. But it is, you might say, a stabilizer-first design.

The model presented here is of the only "19a", built after the original "19" crashed, killing its Pilot, Georg Wulf, a partner of course in the Focke-Wulf firm.

 

If you would like to add details missing in the kit, it will all be about timeline: what was present and what wasn't at what time.

For that, fellow modeler, you will have to do, as I did, some research. It's fun. And educative. And free.

I refer you to the building thread for more on that, and other additional notes on diverse aspects of the plane and kit.

As noted there, the kit has many shortcomings, some almost insignificant and some that could really impact the build adversely if not dealt with. Some are very easy to correct and some are definitely not.

May be Planet would like to address the many faults of this kit modifying the masters and perhaps re-issue this kit in the future; I am not sure how successful it was commercially (it was part of a very commendable string of kits of interesting German golden age civil planes), but I saw many built online, which is a good sign. The work needed would be extensive, though.

The fact that at some point there were on the market a vacuformed and resin kits made of  the Ente, shows perhaps some potential interest.

 

A number of links and references are given in the WiP, especially useful is the link to the German ADL site.

 

Here is the step-by-step build log:

 

The modifications to the original kit were many, but still more can be done. The list of them is given -spread out through the process-  in the WiP.

 

I had to commission a new set of decals from Arctic Decals, because the ones in the kit are not accurate, besides being insufficient as they do not cover all the necessary images (again, explained in the WiP).

 

All in all I am happy I got this somewhat dated kit of the Ente (with the caveats), and was finally able to build a model of a plane I always liked. I applaud Planet for having boldly kitted it.

 

Of pleasant lines and unusual appearance, it clearly stands out as an example of uncommon aviation thinking.

 

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Another absolute stunner Moa - I am sure your modelling improves with each example of aeronautical lateral thinking. A fascinating aircraft just beautifully presented.

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

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3 hours ago, Abandoned Project said:

Yet another build of superb quality.

Thanks!

1 hour ago, Courageous said:

Wonderfully weird.

 

Stuart

It is indeed 🙂

59 minutes ago, Graeme H said:

Brilliant, just brilliant

You are very kind.

47 minutes ago, Baldy said:

Another absolute stunner Moa - I am sure your modelling improves with each example of aeronautical lateral thinking. A fascinating aircraft just beautifully presented.

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

Nah, I wish it would!

 

 

Glad you all are enjoying it, it's a strange bird, but somehow charming.

Cheers!!

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That’s a pretty little duck! And Moa, I’m blaming you for the most recent additions to my stash (a couple of 1930s civilian planes). I should have them built in about 10 years or so 😉

 

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11 hours ago, Spitfire31 said:

Beautiful rendition of this charming oddball!

 

Kind regards,

 

Joachim

Thanks, Joachim, ugly ducklings also deserve their space under the sun 🙂

 

9 hours ago, RidgeRunner said:

Another triumph, Moa :)

Considering the state of my eyesight, it is indeed! 😁

 

7 hours ago, Greg Law said:

That has turned out very well Moa. Looks good with the people. 

Thanks Greg. Problem is now the 1/72nd figures want a Christmas bonus. The cheek of these guys!

 

5 hours ago, billn53 said:

That’s a pretty little duck! And Moa, I’m blaming you for the most recent additions to my stash (a couple of 1930s civilian planes). I should have them built in about 10 years or so 😉

 

Bill, mea culpa! But you made me a happier man.

 

 

Thanks to all of you for your kind word!!!!

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Hi Moa,

 

just plain fantastic! When thinking Ente, I always remember the crushed remains of the first prototype that killed Georg  Wulf...

Very sad...

On this happy note,please accept my congratulations, and may you have a really happy new year!

 

JR

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27 minutes ago, jean said:

I always remember the crushed remains of the first prototype that killed Georg  Wulf...

Very sad...

Yes, sad indeed, I mentioned it at the header. A loss to aviation.

 

27 minutes ago, jean said:

and may you have a really happy new year!

 

Likewise, Jean!

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4 hours ago, Franz75 said:

Nice kit.  I didn't know if such a plane ever existed.  Congratulations are in order. 

 

37 minutes ago, Lightpainter said:

Superb

 

Thanks!

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The German ADL historical aviation website:

https://adl-luftfahrthistorik.de/

Just added the images of the model at the end of their very informative PDF on the Ente (that I used as reference, with the link posted on the WiP):

https://adl-luftfahrthistorik.de/dok/focke-wulf-f-19-ente-entenflugzeug.pdf

 

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