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  1. Made start on this over the last few days. Most parts removed and cleaned up and some of the p/e parts added. Fw 190-1 by stuart burn, on Flickr Fw190-4 by stuart burn, on Flickr Fw190-2 by stuart burn, on Flickr Fw190-5 by stuart burn, on Flickr Fw190-6 by stuart burn, on Flickr
  2. Fw 190A-8 1:72 Eduard Royal Class 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 Kit Eduard have been making these Royal Class editions of a few kits now, this is the first one top been seen in the box by this reviewer and I have to say it looks impressive. There is plastic for four kits, four sheets of Photo-etch, 4 sets of resin wheels, a set of masks for all four aircraft, a beer glass, and lastly a piece of a genuine Fw 190 including a certificate of authenticity for this part. There are decals provided for 12 options. The plastic parts are for the new tool Fw 190A-8 which was released by Eduard this year, including parts for the first time to make an A-8/R2 Sturmbock and an A-8/R11 Night Fighter. Each kit 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. As this is the Royal Class boxing with different aircraft the main parts sprue is included 4 times. Fuselage/Wing Sprue C is included twice, with Sprue E in once, the same as spure I. There are 4 identical clear sprues. The instruction book is a glossy, stapled booklet with full-colour painting diagrams. Care will be needed to study the instructions depending on which decal option being modelled. The quality of the plastic parts is second to none. The mouldings are clean and crisp and there are no evidence of flash, or sink marks. The surface detail is recessed panel lines, and delicately engraved rivet/fastener detail. Eduard certainly have not skimped on the details. Main sub-assemblies such as the cockpit are comparable with 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 something for a kit of this size. Care must be taken as the cockpit photo-etch for the night fighter variant is slightly different that the other ones (of note is there are three standard frets and one night fighter one). Photo etched details help to raise the level of detail, 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 (unsurprisingly a resin replacement engine is available from Eduard if you really want to goto town on this area). Setting the semi-completed fuselage to one side for a moment, construction turns to the wings, Again care is needed here to select the right parts for the aircraft being modelled. 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. Turning back to the fuselage, the rudder is also moulded as a separate part, although the tail planes are solid lumps. The landing flaps are moulded in the up position, however Eduard have included set 72-612 in this boxing which provides full detail parts to show the landing flaps deployed. 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), again a resin detail set is available from Eduard should the modeller want to model the gun bay open. 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. Alternatively two different types of Brassin wheels are included for use in this boxing. 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. Another upgrade from Eduard is a complete resin propeller and fan (though not included here). If making the night fighter version then the aerials are provided as injected plastic and need to be added to the wings. Decals The decal sheet has been produced by Cartograf and is top notch. Glossy with an absolute minimum of carrier film, it should provide no problems, other than which option to build. The kit comes with 12 options; Fw 190A-8 Flown by Josef Priller famously over the beaches on D-Day. Fw 190A-8 Flown by Hans Dortenmann CO of 2./JG 54 France June 1944. Fw 190A-8 JG 301 North Germany, May 1945. Fw 190A-8 Flown by Rudolf Artner, 9./JG 5, Norway Spring 1945. Fw 190A-8 Flown by Alfred Bindseil, 6./JG 1, Germany Spring 1944. Fw 190A-8 9./JG 54 France Summer 1944. Fw 190A-8 W/N 73372, II./JG 300, Germany Spring 1945. Fw 190A-8/R2 W/N 681323 Flown by Friedrich-Karl Frank, II.(Strum)/JG 4, Germany Sept 1944. Fw 190A-8/R2 Flown by Wilhelm Moritz CO of IV.(Sturm)/JG 3, Germany, July 1944. Fw 190A-8/R2 Flown by Paul Lixfeld, 6./JG 300, Germany, Late 1944. Fw 190A-8/R2 Flown by Willi Maximowitz, IV.(Sturm)/JG 3, France, June 1944. Fw 190A-8/R-11 Flown by G√ľnther Migge, 1./NJGr.10, Germany, 1944. In addition to the main decals there are 4 sheets of stencils provided. Beer Glass & Fw 190 Part As this is the Royal Class boxing Eduard have included a Bohemia crystal beer glass. Also included as a piece of wreckage from Fw 190A-8/R-2 Werk No.681323. This aircraft crashed in Czechoslovakia 11th September 1944. The pilot Fw. Friedrich-Karl Frank (JG 4) bailed out and survived, though died 2 mounts later in an accident. Conclusion While some will see this as "another" Fw 190 boxing, there is no doubting the aircraft does have a wide following. If you are a 190 fan then I am sure this boxing for 4 aircraft will appeal. I am not sure how much extra the Glass and piece of fuselage add to the value, however if you plan to make four of these then this boxing does represent the same value as four separate kits. Recommended, or highly recommended for the Fw 190 fan. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Good day, gentlemen. Let me present you my first model in this year. Used additional sets of etched by the eponymous company, resin exhaust pipes, barrels and the motor propeller. Painted with Tamiya.
  4. I have recently completed these two 1/144 scale MARK1 models for the Great Patriotic War Group Build. Both are built mostly OOB with a few improvements/additions and are brush painted using my dwindling stock of Polly Scale Acrylics and I have used the kit decals. Focke Wulfe 190A-8 Red11, Dieter Gothel, 10/JG 301, Dresden-Heller, January 1945 FW 190 Build Tread Bf 109G-4/R6 White 2 KJ+GU, Herbert Meissler 7/JG 52, Eastern Front, May 1943 Bf 109 Build Thread
  5. Fw 190A-8 Standard Wings 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 Kit As sure as night follows day in the world of Eduard Kits following on from the Royal, Profipack and standard boxing's; the Weekend Edition will be along soon. 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 2./JG 54, Lt. Hans Dortenmann, Villacoublay, France, June 1944. Fw 190A-8 of 12./JG 5, Herdia Airfield, Norway 1945. Each option is illustrated with a four-view profile as well as detailed illustrations of the propellers or drop tanks where appropriate. Conclusion It is good to see this great kit now released as a weekend edition. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. My entry is the Dragon 1/48 FW 190A-8, I will be modelling this as Priller's D-Day mount. The kit comes with excellent Cartograph decals, Dragons own steel PE and I've added an Eduard mask. I'll probably replace the wheels, I might add some Master barrels.
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