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  1. Evening all. As the title says I will be building a Hasegawa A-5. The decals are from Skymodels FW 190 set. I wasn't sure what to build but my choices were narrowed by which kits I could find. I have some more somewhere in my disaster of a loft but couldn't find them. Anyways I have decided to go with an A-5 Yellow 2 flown by Josef Wurmheller. As this kit is quite simple I hope to make some progress tonight and will hopefully post some pics later. Cheers Allan
  2. Fw 190A-5 Weekend Zoom Set & Masks 1:72 Eduard The Zoom photo-etch set provides details for mainly the cockpit of the aircraft. You get a new instrument panel, and cockpit side panels, seatbelts and other cockpit fittings. For the rest of the airframe there are parts for the landing gear, and a couple of aerials. As well as the photo-etch set Eduard do a set of masks for the kit. These are for the canopy only. Conclusion If the modeller wants to add some extra to the weekend Fw 190A-5 then the photo-etch is for you. Masks are always handy in this scale for the larger canopies of this aircraft. Recommended.
  3. Fw 190A Stencils 1:72 Eduard Decals This sheet has been included with all the new tool Fw 190 kits that Eduard are producing at present. They have now released this sheet for modeller to use on any 1/72 Fw 190A kit. The decals are printed by Eduard direct, are in register and should pose no problems given my past use of Eduard decals. Conclusion The devil is in the detail as they say and these stencils should improve the look of any kit you use them on. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Fw 190A-8/R2 1:72 Eduard Weekend Edition The Focke-Wulf Fw190 was designed by Kurt Tank in the late 1930s. His aim was to create a fighter that was not only fast and agile, but also reliable. It had a wide track undercarriage to improve ground handling and also utilised electric rather than hydraulic controls to reduce the risk of system loss in combat. The Fw190 also marked a departure from aircraft like the Bf109 and Spitfire as it combined a 14 cylinder radial engine with a development of the NACA cowling system. This choice was crucial as it meant that the Fw190 would not create additional demand for DB 601 liquid cooled engines. It also allowed a low drag profile for such a powerful engine. Despite early teething problems, the Fw190 first entered operational service over France in August 1941. It proved to be quite a shock for the RAF whose 1440hp Spitfire Mk.V, the best fighter available at the time, was outclassed in terms of firepower and all round performance, particularly at lower and medium altitudes. The Fw190A-8 was the ultimate evolution of the radial-engined fw190s and entered service in 1944. It featured improvements such as extra fuel, improved armour and nearly 2000hp output with emergency boost. The A-8/R2 replaced the outer 20mm cannon in the wings with Mk.108 30mm cannons. The Kit Following on from the Royal, Profipack and standard boxing's; the Weekend Editions are now arriving from Eduard. These new Fw 190 kits from Eduard are setting a new standard in 1.72 for excellence. The kit itself is made up of 92 plastic parts spread across of two sprues of dark blue-grey plastic and a single clear sprue with the now-familiar circular layout. The instruction book is a glossy, stapled booklet with full-colour painting diagrams. All together, the impression is of a quality package, at the great weekend price point. The quality of the plastic parts is second to none. The mouldings are clean and crisp and there are no traces of flash and no sink marks. The surface detail on the outside of the airframe comprises recessed panel lines and delicately engraved rivet and fastener detail. It looks absolutely superb. Eduard haven't skimped on the detail elsewhere, with sub-assemblies such as the cockpit being up there with high end resin items when it comes to the quality and quantity of detail. The cockpit is made up of over thirty parts (including photo etched details), which is a truly phenomenal for a kit of this size. Once assembled, the whole thing can be sandwiched inside the fuselage halves along with the firewall and the basic-but-good-enough-in-this-scale engine face. Setting the semi-completed fuselage to one side for a moment, construction turns to the wing. The lower wing is moulded as a single span, to which the main spar (which also forms the rear wall of the main landing gear bays) must be added. The other parts which form the structures and details of the landing gear bays must be added at this point, prior to everything being fixed in place by the addition of the upper wing surfaces. The ailerons are moulded separately to the rest of the wing, which opens up some possibilities for the diorama builder, as well as enhancing the level of realism. Turning back to the fuselage, the rudder is also moulded as a separate part, although the tail planes are solid lumps. In common with other kits of the type, the upper fuselage forward of the cockpit is moulded separately (in this case as two parts with a third for the cannon barrels). Once the basic airframe is together, its time to fit the undercarriage and other finishing details. Each of the main gear legs is made up of two parts, although you have the option of removing the plastic torque links and replacing them with photo etched versions. The wheels themselves are made up of nicely moulded tyres and separate hubs. This should make painting them much easier. Ordnance is taken care of with a drop tank and a single bomb, along with the associated racks and shackles. There are a number of small parts included to cover the final details, including the aileron balance weights and various aerials and antennae. The canopy deserves a special mention as there are four rear sections included; blown and unblown, with different parts for closed and open options. Two propellers are included as well, although only one is needed for the included options. Decals There is one small sheet of stencil decals and one for the aircraft markings. As seems to be standard now decal options are provided for two aircraft: Fw 190A-8 of Werner Gerth, II.(Strum)/JG 3 "Udet" July 1944. Fw 190A-8 of Paul Lixfeld, 6/JG 300, late 1944. Each option is illustrated with a four-view profile as well as detailed illustrations of the propellers or drop tanks where appropriate. Conclusion This is a great kit from Eduard and it is good to see it released in a Weekend boxing. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Fw 190A-8/R2 Weekend kit 1:72 Eduard Zoom If you have the weekend edition of the kit which is a great kit in it's own right then this set will help bring it up a level. As it is a zoom set it concentrates mainly on the cockpit and seat belts. There are new control panels and side panels, rudder pedals, control wheels and the four point harness. As well as these there are parts for the undercarriage bays and scissor links on the main gear legs. Lastly two new aerial are included. Conclusion This should enhance an already great little kit. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. WGr.21 Rockets for Fw 190 1:72 Eduard Brassin The Werfer-Granate 21 rocket launcher, also known as the BR 21 was introduced in 1943 and was the first rocket used by the Luftwaffe. These rockets enabled fighters to engage box formations of heavy bombers beyond the range of their defensive armament. There is also reported use of them against ground targets. These were modified from infantry 21 cm Nebelwerfer 42 projectiles. This set from Eduard provides two launching tubes for their new tool Fw 190 kits. The set provides, two tubes, two rockets, and two rocket heads. The heads are used to make the tubes appear loaded while the full size rockets provide diorama projectiles. Photo-etch provided the rocket ends, tube ends, and the mounting struts. In what is cleaver engineering from Eduard first they provide a PE template which shows you where to drill the holes for the mounting struts. Following this the 4 struts each side are attached to a PE plate. The struts bend down and the whole plate attaches inside the main wing. The upside is that the modeller does not have to attach 4 small struts each side; the downside is they must be attached before the main wing is closed up. Conclusion These parts should enhance the already great Eduard Fw 190. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Fw 190A-5 Cockpit - For Eduard Kit 1:72 Eduard Brassin This set from Eduard is designed for their new tool Fw 190A-5 which we reviewed here. The set under the Brassin label contains 8 resin parts, and a colour photo etched set. The resin parts consist of the main cockpit tub, seat, instrument panels, two types of instrument coaming, control column, and a throttle lever. The photo etch fret contains parts for the front canopy frames, rear armoured bulkhead, rear interior canopy frame, seat belts, instrument panel details, rudder pedals, and interior cockpit parts. Recommended to bring an already excellent kit up a notch. Review sample courtesy of
  8. A small treasure trove of b&w intimate detail photos of a captured FW 190 A turned up in my FB: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1725439444368711.1073742316.1634742540105069&type=3 They're apparently part of a LIFE story from 1944. Kind regards, Joachim
  9. Fw 190A-5 ProfiPACK 1:72 Eduard The Focke-Wulf Fw190 was designed by Kurt Tank in the late 1930s. His aim was to create a fighter that was not only fast and agile, but also reliable. It had a wide track undercarriage to improve ground handling and also utilised electric rather than hydraulic controls to reduce the risk of system loss in combat. The Fw190 also marked a departure from aircraft like the Bf109 and Spitfire as it combined a 14 cylinder radial engine with a development of the NACA cowling system. This choice was crucial as it meant that the Fw190 would not create additional demand for DB 601 liquid cooled engines. It also allowed a low drag profile for such a powerful engine. Despite early teething problems, the Fw190 first entered operational service over France in August 1941. It proved to be quite a shock for the RAF whose 1440hp Spitfire Mk.V, the best fighter available at the time, was outclassed in terms of firepower and all round performance, particularly at lower and medium altitudes. The A-5 was developed when it was determined that the Fw 190 design could carry more ordnance. The engine was moved forward 6 inches thus moving the centre of gravity and allowing more weight to be carried aft. The Kit Eduard now seem to be on a mission to produce a long line of Fw 190 kits in 1.72 so the modeller of "The one true scale" does not miss out. The Fw 190A-8 profiPACK was reviewed here, and the Royal Class boxing here. The kit itself is made up of 92 plastic parts on three sprues of dark blue-grey plastic and a single clear sprue with the now-familiar circular layout. There are two fuselage sprues with slightly different parts, and by purchasing an extra "small" overtrees kit all of the decal options can be built. The instruction book is a glossy, stapled booklet with full-colour painting diagrams. Included are a sheet of colour photo etched parts, and a sheet of masks. All together, the impression is of a quality package. The quality of the plastic parts is second to none. The mouldings are clean and crisp and there are no traces of flash and no sink marks. The surface detail on the outside of the airframe comprises recessed panel lines and delicately engraved rivet and fastener detail. It looks absolutely superb. Eduard haven't skimped on the detail elsewhere, with sub-assemblies such as the cockpit being up there with high end resin items when it comes to the quality and quantity of detail. The cockpit is made up of over thirty parts (including photo etched details), which is a truly phenomenal for a kit of this size. Photo etched details help to raise the level of detail a notch and cover the obvious items such as the rudder pedals, seat harnesses and instrument panel and side consoles, although for the latter two items there are plastic alternatives. Once assembled, the whole thing can be sandwiched inside the fuselage halves along with the firewall and the basic-but-good-enough-in-this-scale engine face. Setting the semi-completed fuselage to one side for a moment, construction turns to the wing. The lower wing is moulded as a single span, to which the main spar (which also forms the rear wall of the main landing gear bays) must be added. The other parts which form the structures and details of the landing gear bays must be added at this point, prior to everything being fixed in place by the addition of the upper wing surfaces. The ailerons are moulded separately to the rest of the wing, which opens up some possibilities for the diorama builder, as well as enhancing the level of realism. Turning back to the fuselage, the rudder is also moulded as a separate part, although the tail planes are solid lumps. In common with other kits of the type, the upper fuselage forward of the cockpit is moulded separately (in this case as two parts with a third for the cannon barrels). Once the basic airframe is together, its time to fit the undercarriage and other finishing details. Each of the main gear legs is made up of two parts, although you have the option of removing the plastic torque links and replacing them with photo etched versions. The wheels themselves are made up of nicely moulded tyres and separate hubs. This should make painting them much easier. Ordnance is taken care of with a drop tank and a single bomb, along with the associated racks and shackles. There are a number of small parts included to cover the final details, including the aileron balance weights and various aerials and antennae. The canopy deserves a special mention as there are four rear sections included; blown and unblown, with different parts for closed and open options. Two propellers are included as well, although only one is needed for the included options. Decal options are provided for a generous five aircraft: Fw 190A-5 Werk No. 2594 Flown by Maj Hermann Graf CO of JGr Ost, Bordeaux, France, Spring 1943 Fw 190A-5 Flown by Hptm Walter Nowotny, CO I./JG54 Grünherz, Orel, Autumn 1943 Fw 190A-5 Werk No. 410055, Flown by Uffz Bernhard Kunze, 2./JG1, The Netherlands, October 1942 Fw 190A-5 Werk No. 7328, Flown by Hptm Dietrich Wickop, CO II./JG1 , Woensdrecht, The Netherlands, May 1943 Fw 190A-5 Flown by Hptm Egon Mayer, CO of III./JG2 Richthofen, France, Spring 1943 Each option is illustrated with a four-view profile as well as detailed illustrations of the propellers or drop tanks where appropriate. The decals, which are printed by Cartograf, look crisp, thin and glossy and the colours used are nice and bold. In addition to the main sheet there is a sheet of Stencils printed by Eduard. Conclusion Eduard have continued to deliver outstanding kits of the famous fighter, as well as providing a prime example of the kit maker's art. The level of detail they have packed in is as superb as the engineering is excellent, and the kit appears to be accurate in every major way. Overall this is a winning package and can be highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Fw 190A-5 Sets - For Eduard Kit 1:72 Eduard These sets are intended for the new Eduard kit. Fw 190A-5 Upgrade Set This small nickel fret contains a new rear decking area, pilot headrest armour, canopy frames (front and rear), cockpit parts, sidewalls, exhaust flaps, fuel tank strap, wheel well inspection covers, and new landing gear doors (both sets), with brake lines for the landing gear legs. Fw 190A-5 Landing Flaps This is for the aircraft landing flaps. Review samples courtesy of
  11. Fw 190A Wheel (Early) - For Eduard Kit 1:72 Eduard This is a pair of early wheels for the Fw 190, a straight replacement for the kit parts.
  12. Fw 190A-8 Update sets 1:72 Eduard Brassin Eduard's latest profipack and Royal Class boxings of their 1/72 Fw 190A-8 are excellent in their own right, however if the modeller really wants to up the ante then the following sets are available. Fw 190A8 Engine This set contains a complete resin engine for the Fw 190, along with the exhausts, engine bearers and cowlings. There are also photo-etch parts for the engine. The engine is a complete model in its own right. Engine Fw 190A8 Engine & Fuselage Guns This set contains all the engine parts (and PE) in the above set, and also includes details for the fuselage guns, and their compartment. Additional PE is provided for the guns in this set. Engine & Fuselage Guns Fw 190A Propeller This set consists of resin parts to replace the kit prop. There is a central control hub to which the three separate blades must be attached. In order to get this right a jig is provided. A new resin hub is provided as is the fan which site behind the prop. All together this set should provide a boost to the sharp end of your 190. Propeller Conclusion Given this is 1/72 scale the quality of the casting is first rate. Which ever set, or sets you use should enhance your model, particularly if doing any kind of diorama. Highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  13. Hello here some pictures of my newest roll out. Its one of the Eduard Fw 190 posted as a WIP double build, a while ago. Since my last update, a third 190 has entered my bench and i made the decision to finish them not together but in a loose row. The build can be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234970200-eduard-focke-wulf-fw-190-a-8-a-8-r2-148/ Hope you like this one.
  14. Hi, my first build on Britmodeller. The chosen subject is Eduards Fw 190 in 1/48 scale.Not only one but two ! Last Sunday i couldn t choose which, so there will be two of them. On both build every hatch will be closed.Eduard did a lot of effort in open and detailed gun bays, but i feel it disturbes the clean but powerful lines of this type. There are offerings from Hasegawa,Dragon and Tamiya for closed 190s but i like Eduards surfaces and the nicely detailed cockpits and wheel bays, as well the nice decals ...... And they were in my stash ! The build has started with some sub assemblies, the cockpit tubs, the engines(the hardest part with the single exhaust stubs).The underwings with the wing spar and the wheelwells. The upperwings need a cutout to fit the gun hatches for the inner wing guns.To get a better fit the inner parts of the hatches were sanded down. So much for now. Cheers Bernd
  15. Here is the finished 1/32 Fw-190 finally. Been engrossed with the huge ISD and the 1/48 Mosquito. Also doing a commission build on a resin car, which is seemingly difficult to get the metallic finish i want on this Marcos car. Started this build a while ago, originally the A-7 Bar, but no longer: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234968984-hasegawa-132-fw-190-a-7-bar/ Now:
  16. For Christmas, I gave myself a present. It was walk into the stash, pick out a random kit and just build it. I will have some modeling time over the Christmas holiday and I just want to enjoy it with a no frills, out of the box, no particular reason build. Afterwards, it is group builds and back to clearing the shelves of doom. Now what I ended up choosing was the Heller 1/24 Fw190 A-5. I will be doing the box art version. I think this is a reboxing of the Airfix kit. I am not sure when I bought this kit, but it must have been a used kit either through my local modeling shop or at a trade stand. The sprues are not in plastic bags and many of the parts are loose and it looks like they have been cut from the sprue. I just hope it is all intact. I picked it as the fun build because it looked fun, the box was really beginning to deteriorate and it would create some space in the stash. First up, the cockpit. Looks a bit sparse, but the IP detail looks like it will do. The parts are put together, painted and then weathered a tiny bit. I did add a couple of placards, but everything else is just out of the box. I was really impressed with the instruments as they came up quite nice and are just the kit plastic highlighted with metallic silver rather than white. Next up the engine. And did I mention the kit parts do have a bit of flash evident? The engine is assembled. I didn’t paint it or try to tackle the many gaps and mold seams as this kit will be buttoned up. I have some Eduard kits, Trumpeter and ZM kits that will be open with more detail. But, I had to assemble the engine as it is the mounting system for the propeller. What is missing from the kit are some seatbelts. I did plan to have the canopy open and a kit this big really needs some seatbelts. I had a choice between Eduard and RB seat belts, but decided to go with the Eduard ones as I will use the RB ones on a Trumpeter 109 I have in the planning stages (Gunter Rall’s plane). These look marvelous on the sprue; I hope my fat fingers can get them together. The side seatbelts are started first. Man the detail on these are nice! But the design, I wonder about. In the picture above, the instructions have you place the small belt portion over that lovely white manufacturing label and it will be hidden from view forever. Why bother with that detail? Oh well, it is done along with the rest of this side belt parts. The other side belt is started Then the first shoulder belt is built And the second is built Now, they have to be bent and manipulated to fit into the seat and cockpit. Before the fuselage can be buttoned up, the rudder and tail wheel assembly has to be tackled. I started with the rudder; and that is where one of the problems with this kit and its age reared its ugly head. In addition to the flash that is present on a lot of parts, the plastic for this kit is very brittle. Not just a little cantankerous, but if you look at it wrong and sneeze in its vicinity, parts break. Removing them from the sprue is a chore. When I went to remove the rudder parts, one of the halves was already broken. Given its size, you wouldn’t think it would be so fragile. So the pieces are put together and the broken part is not too evident and some filler will take care of it. Now, with the tail wheel parts, that was another matter where the kit plastic was not my friend. Here are the plastic parts; absent is the vinyl tire. Did I mention there was a bit of flash? And when cleaning the flash, the main tail wheel strut broke. Now the instructions would have you carefully bend the u shaped piece to straddle the main strut and fit in some holes. Due to how brittle the rest of the parts are, I fully expected this part to snap in two when I was putting it on the main tail wheel. It did not. Surprise, though, what did happen was the pressure the u shaped piece put on the main tail wheel strut caused it to break apart where the holes lined up as I was giving the parts their base silver paint. So now, I have to piece together the tail wheel strut in 3 different places. I have very low expectations the undercarriage will last holding this kit upright for any extended period of time. The construction process to redo the tail wheel starts. And finally, I got everything to line up and it has some semblance of strength. However, most of the strength is probably coming from the copious amounts of superglue that now make up the tail wheel strut! With the cockpit, engine, rudder and tail wheel sub-assemblies done, each is put in its place in the starboard fuselage half and the the two fuselage halves are buttoned up. I am glad I spent so much time working on the IP panel as with its position in the recesses of the cockpit coupled with the dark grey interior paint, it is so visible. While I let the fuselage halves harden, I move on to the wing. It consists of a one piece lower wing to which the two upper wings are attached. Some items need to be placed in the lower wing before the upper wing halves are attached. The wing spars used to block off the wheel wells also act as the base for the main undercarriage to be attached. Also, there is a provision for the wing cannons to be displayed. Since this kit will be built with only the canopy left open, I only have to worry about the inner cannons that will show in the wheel well. However, the outer cannons will have to be redone as the brittle plastic struck again. As I was removing the outer cannon barrels from the sprue, one broke in two. I will now replace these with metal tubing. As for the inner wing cannon, I give me no chance in trying to drill out the barrels, so they are cut off. I then very carefully, saying a silent prayer, drill out the cannon body parts so metal tubing can be insert later. This actually goes quite well and I am surprised. To make sure the cannon bodies line up correctly I temporarily insert the metal tubing. Next up, the main undercarriage has to be attached to the wing spar. Did I mention there was flash on the parts? The first strut went in fine and there were no problems. The second strut, as I was pushing the attachment peg through the main wing spar, I must have breathed incorrectly and it broke off. Did I also mention how brittle the plastic is? The broken stub was removed and a hole drilled in the strut so some metal rod could be used. This went well, but the support piece broke off and that had to be lined up and a new metal attachment point for that made as well. After some finagling, chanting and a couple of small curses, I got the broken strut to line up at the same angles as the other strut. I know the 190 gear doesn’t extend perpendicular to the ground, but I think the angle the kit has for the main undercarriage is a tad overdone. I will wait to see how it lines up after the wheels are put on but I think some adjustments will have to be made to the angle of the main strut to the wing. The wing flaps have a “working” feature, so this is needed to be done prior to the upper wing halves being placed on the lower wing. Before I join the wings to the fuselage, I notice the exhausts area molded into the lower wing. In a kit this size, they look funny if not opened up and these are portrayed in the kit pieces as solid. I break out the drill set again and will attempt to drill the exhausts out on the lower wing. This goes relatively okay with only a small piece breaking off due to the plastic’s brittleness. I get curious and decide to see how the side exhausts will be portrayed. Yeah, this is not good. I guess I will create some sort of metal piping that is a little better looking than the kit part. The wings are now put together and set aside to dry. This is where I think I will stop for a while. Next up, I get to see how well the wing to fuselage joint is. I hoping for the best. As always, all comments are welcome.
  17. In 2014 my Fw 190 "production" is very much underway. Its one of my favorite planes. 2014 was also the start of my own business, that meant my modelling was interrupted, for a longer time. Its always a good idea ( for me) to re start the hobby with something easy. Some new Airfix kits in 1/72 came to rescue! There were also a Spitfire Mk. I/II,a fabric winged Hurricane and a Hawker Typhoon purchased, the 190 was the first. Build out of the box, i added new gun barrels and a pitot from Master and tape for the seat belts. Some parts were too crude in the kit and were chaged from a retired Italeri kit. These parts were the fan behind the prop, the underbelly loop antenna and the ladder. Te instrument panel sits too far forward, i changed this, but in the end nothin but the seat will be visible. Painted with self mixed acrylics. After the dark prime, i noticed the paint won t stick on the plastic. The next Airfix kit will be washed before building. It was great fun, i hope you like it Cheers Bernd
  18. Hi everyone, Just added three new 1/72 resin sets to the website, covering a Tornado GR.4 configured Litening III pod, Spitfire 90 gal slipper tank and X-4 missiles for the FW 190A. Each X-4 is made up of five parts plus pylon and is less than 2cm long, fiddly little things they certainly are to! Pictures are up on the website. Thanks! Colin
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