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Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8/R2 'ProfiPACK'

Scale: 1/48th
Manufacturer: Eduard
Ref No: 8175
Material: IM, PE
UK Price: £22.60
UK Distributor: Creative Models Ltd & Hannants

Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8/R2 'ProfiPACK'
Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8/R2 'ProfiPACK' Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8/R2 'ProfiPACK' Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8/R2 'ProfiPACK' Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8/R2 'ProfiPACK'
Kit Review
This kit was first released by Eduard back in 2007 and was part of their whole series of Fw 190 short-nose kits in the scale. This reissue is unchanged from that first release, so you still get all that lovely engine and interior detail, but the error in the width of the fuselage which leads to the wide windscreen and vertical fin, are therefore not corrected. There are seven sprues in a dark grey-coloured plastic and a single one in clear plastic, giving over 200 parts in total, although a number of them are not used in this particular version and can thus be consigned to the spares box. You may be asking why there are two sets of fuselage halves? Well the answer is that the final decal option was devoid of the armour plates on the fuselage sides, and as these are depicted on the C-sprue parts, you need the extra standard A-8 series fuselage halves on the B-sprue to depict it. You only have the option of a centreline drop tank in this version, but the sprues also contain parts for W.Gr.21 rocket tubes and a 250kg bomb, which will come in handy elsewhere I’m sure.
The etched fret is pre-painted and contains the instrument panels and side consoles, seat belts and various handles and levers, plus unpainted parts such as the FuG 16ZY mast, trim wheel and rudder pedals. The clear sprues contains both standard and ‘blown’ canopies, with both versions offered in their ‘open’ or ‘closed’ positions because the Fw 190 canopy is hinged at the top and spreads out as it moves down the rails and then closes back up once the canopy is shut. The armoured glass side panels are also included, as is the gunsight, but there are no tip lights.
For more details on the accuracy of this and all the Eduard short-nose 190s, see our Airframe & Miniature series title on the type (click here)

The kit offers six decal options: ‘Green 3’, flown by Oblt. Hans-Gunther von Kornatzki, Stab II(Sturm)./JG4, September 1944; ‘Blue 13’, flown by Oblt. Werner Gerth, II(Sturm)./JG3, July 1944; ; ‘Black 10’, flown by Lt. Karl Spenst, 8./JG300, December 1944; ‘Yellow 1’, flown by Fw. Ewald Preiß, 6./JG300, October 1944; ‘White 11’, flown by Gefr. Walter Wagner, 5./JG4, January 1945; ex-White 11, captured by the 404th FG, 9th AF, February/March 1945 and painted orange as OO-L. One decal sheet contains all the national and unique markings including swastikas (split in two), tail bands and ‘eagle head’ motif, whilst the other offers a complete set of stencils.












Conclusion
This is an excellently detailed kit, that surpasses all others in that respect. The debate on the shapes and profiles of the series as a whole continue, but if you want a nice looking and highly detailed A-8, then this is a lot easier to build than the old Trimaster (later reissued by Dragon and Italeri) kit.
 
Our thanks to Eduard (www.eduard.com) for the review sample.