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The conversion comprised the reduction of the fuel tank size from 400 litres to 240 litres, and the addition of a second cockpit under a newly designed, fully glazed canopy. Weapons were normally removed from this trainer variant.
Charlie's photograph above shows the aircraft with the 300 litre tank attached. This was normal practice due to the reduced range imposed by the smaller main fuel tank.
Note the particularly light coloured spinner and the yellow Eastern Front fuselage band. The apparently dark upper engine cowl is simply a shadow cast by the propeller blade. This aircraft is probably finished in 74/75 greys with a heavy mottle of these colours on the fuselage sides.
A Focke-Wulf 190S-8 rests in the background, indicating that these aircraft were attached to a training/conversion unit. These two-seaters were only occasionally used as liaison aircraft and for other non-training duties.
A Cooper Details cockpit was used for the forward cockpit while the rear cockpit was scratchbuilt. Model Technologies seatbelts were used. These are Floyd's first choice for harnesses. Unfortunately they are unavailable today! The crystal clear Falcon vacform canopy was cut open to display the detail.
An un-numbered War Eagle decal sheet supplied the markings. This is an incredible sheet, offering markings for no less than six G-12s, two Fw 190S-8s, one Fw 190S-5 and seven two-seater Me 262s! Darned good value.
Reference for this modelling project was courtesy of an article in IPMS USA
"Quarterly" Vol. 21, No. 4 by Richard Lutz. Floyd's paint job is a faithful
replica of Richard's original drawing.
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