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Fw.190A-3 Exhausts and Engine Sets (648381 & 648364) 1:48


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Fw.190A-3 Exhausts and Engine Sets (648381 & 648364)

1:48 Eduard Brassin

 

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The newly improved Fw.190A kits from Eduard have been coming thick and fast, with additional detail added from the box.  For those that want more, there are a range of PE and resin update parts from Eduard's own ranges that are pretty much guaranteed a good fit and have been engineered to replace parts that just can't be moulded to scale in injection plastic.  These two sets cover the engine area, which isn't in the kit, but can either be simulated by adding a pair of well-detailed exhaust components around the cowling, or by adding a complete new engine with all the ancillary equipment that goes with it.

 

 

Fw.190A-3 Exhausts (648381)

This set arrives in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card.  Inside is a single casting block that contains the three sets of exhaust stacks on their retaining blocks, which are a direct replacement for the kit parts, adding better detail to the finished article.  As they are attached to their moulding blocks at the rear, you don't even have to make a brilliant job of removing them, because all but the exhausts are invisible within the fuselage once installed.

 

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Fw.190A-3 Engine (648364)

As usual with Eduard's larger resin sets, this one arrives in the oblong Brassin box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched wrapped around, providing extra protection.  Inside are a raft of engine parts in superb detail, and from my experience of building one for the A-4 recently, the fit is astonishingly good.  You can build the parts into sub-assemblies for painting, and if you approach it in a modular format the initial hesitancy of all that detail painting soon goes away.  There are 22 resin parts, and sheet of Photo-Etch (PE), and only a small amount of trimming of the kit fuselage and lower wing panels is required, all of which is covered in the instructions.  Placement of parts is important due to the accuracy of fit, so test-fit carefully and remove any paint from the mating surfaces to obtain the best, strongest join.  With sympathetic painting and weathering the final result is unmatched by styrene moulding.

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