FW 190 D restauration project at Gatow, Berlin
Being a member of IPMS-Deutschland entails certain privileges. One of them is being taken on a tour through the restoration workshop at the Luftwaffenmuseum in Gatow, just outside Berlin. This takes place during IPMS-Deutschlands annual modeling exhibition at Gatow.
Head restorer Stabsfeldwebel Enrico Schade told us about his present project, collecting parts for the restoration of a FW 190D, (Dora) of which very few have been preserved. Unfortunately, the policy of the museum has changed. The present policy is to exhibit the preserved parts rather than fitting them together into a complete aircraft.
Needless to say, Schade is very disappointed that he doesn't get to rebuild the Dora and to exhibit it next to his recently restored FW 190 A8. These two beside one another would make a unique exhibition.
His disappointment is shared by many modelers and aircraft enthusiasts, and we can only hope that the museum changes its policy.
Meanwhile enjoy the pictures and take your time to appreciate the skill and patience of the people restoring these aircraft. I've included some pictures of the material with which they start their projects.
35 additional images. Click to enlarge.