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Monday, October 19, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020

Eduard Fw 190A-4 Profipack 1/48

  • Product Name : Fw 190A-4
  • Product Number : 82142
  • Manufacturer : Eduard

Quality of Packaging:-

Quality of Materials:-

Quality of Instructions:-

Quality of Decals:-

Overall Rating:-

The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger (English: Shrike) is a German single-seat, single-engine fighter aircraft designed by Kurt Tank in the late 1930s and widely used during World War II. Along with its well-known counterpart, the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the Fw 190 became the backbone of the Luftwaffe’s Jagdwaffe (Fighter Force). The twin-row BMW 801 radial engine that powered most operational versions enabled the Fw 190 to lift larger loads than the Bf 109, allowing its use as a day fighter, fighter-bomber, ground-attack aircraft and, to a lesser degree, night fighter.

The Fw 190A started flying operationally over France in August 1941, and quickly proved superior in all but turn radius to the Royal Air Force’s main front-line fighter, the Spitfire Mk. V, particularly at low and medium altitudes. The 190 maintained superiority over Allied fighters until the introduction of the improved Spitfire Mk. IX. In November/December 1942, the Fw 190 made its air combat debut on the Eastern Front, finding much success in fighter wings and specialised ground attack units called Schlachtgeschwader (Battle Wings or Strike Wings) from October 1943 onwards.

Introduced in July 1942, the A-4 was equipped with the same engine and basic armament as the A-3.

Source: Wikipedia

Another 48 scale kit from Eduards Profipack series. As usual, it includes some photo etched parts for the cockpit and a sheet of self-adhesive paint mask for the canopy. The kit was released in 2017, using a new tool. Sprues look fantastic and I couldn’t find any damaged parts or other defects.

A-Sprue

A-Sprue Fuselage parts: Lots of surface details with a lot of rivets.

A-Sprue

A-Sprue Cockpit, engine and undercarriage

B-Sprue

B-Sprue Wing and fuselage parts

C-Sprue

C-Sprue All the small details: All parts are molded perfectly. The tire in the lower left corner is the only occurrence of flash worth mentioning.

D-Sprue

D-Sprue Main wing parts: Rivets all over! Looking fantastic and well molded.

N-Sprue

N-Sprue Clear parts: Sharp and very clear. No distortion. Very nice!

Decals, Mask and PE

The decals are thin and well printed and provide a wide range of stencils. The PE parts are pre colored and can be used as they are. Self-adhesive paint mask is provided for the canopy and the wheels.

Instructions first page

Instructions, first page. All parts marked blue are not needed for the build. A lot of spare parts. Good or bad? That’s up to you.

Painting options 1 & 2

Painting options 1 & 2

Painting options 3 & 4

Painting options 3 & 4

Painting options 5 & Stencils

Painting option 5 & stencils

The box contains:

  • 5 grey sprues
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 2 decal sheets (NOTE: Kits intended for the German market won’t include the swastika decals!)
  • Colored PE parts for the cockpit
  • Colored and high quality instructions

Pros

  • Superb molding quality with a lot of small and crisp details (e.g. Rivets)
  • Colored PE parts included
  • Mask included
  • 5 different paint schemes
  • Well printed and nicely detailed decals
  • A lot of aftermarket products are available

Cons.

  • Price of €25 to €30 (around $39.99)
  • A lot of spare parts you pay for (about half of the parts are not needed for the build!)
  • Maybe sprue packaging could be a little better — two parts were already loose in the box. The kit box is great though.

Conclusion

It may not be the cheapest Fw190 kit available in 48 scale but it is definitely worth ever single cent.
The overall molding quality is fantastic. Most of the parts are rich of small and crisp details.
Very nice printed and comprehensible instructions.
And if this is not enough for you, there are a ton of aftermarket sets, e.g. complete engine or gun bays.

Lovely 48 scale kit.
Highly recommended!

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2 Comments

Scale1972 6th June 2020 at 7:49 pm

Excellent review ? thank you

Rafael 6th June 2020 at 10:20 pm

Great review!, keep them coming 🙂

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