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Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-13

Scale: 1/48th
Manufacturer: HobbyBoss
Ref No: 81721
Material: IM, PE
UK Distributor: Creative Models
UK Price: £13.99

Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-13
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Kit Review
Having already given us the D-10 (#81717) in 2013 and the D-11 (#81718) and D-12 (#81719) in 2014, HobbyBoss have now released the D-13. This is basically similar to the D-12 kit, so see our preview of that kit here

Now the actual machine depicted here is the world's only surviving example, W/Nr.863017, which was captured at Flensburg and subsequently tested in the USA before going via various routes to its current home in Washington. The D-13 was similar to the D-12, but it had an engine-mounted MG 151/20 instead of the MK108 with the big ejector port between the wheel wells, which the kit correctly depicts, albeit only in half relief. The type also retained the VS10 propeller, wing-root mounted MG 151s and the heavier style head armour support in the canopy, all of which are correctly depicted in the kit. Although only a small number were ever built (W.Nr.s 836002, 836016, 836017 and 836018 are confirmed), the type was intended to carry the following Rüstsätze: R1, R2, R5, R11, R20, R21 & R25. That meant it could carry the 2x MG 151/20 mounted outboard in the wings [R1]; 2x MK108s in the same locations [R2]; four additional fuel tanks in the wings containing a total of 244lt plus low-pressure MW50 injection system container in fuselage. Tank in rear fuselage containing 130lt of B4 fuel, Jumo 213EB engine and FuG 125 radio [R5]; all-weather equipment comprising heated cockpit side windows, FuG 25 radio, PKS 12 auto- pilot and Lgw K23 course indicator [R11]; Jumo 213F or F-1 with MW high-pressure tank in fuselage [R20]; all-weather fighter comprising R11 plus high-pressure MW50 tank in fuselage [R21]; all-weather fighter comprising R11 plus high-pressure MW50 tank in left inner fuel tank (70lt). Rear fuselage to contain 130lt of B4 fuel. FuG 125 radio and Jumo 213EB engine [R25]. Apart from the MG 151 or MK 108s in the outer wing panels (the facility to do this is in each wing half, but the ports are not underneath and the bulges associated with the MK108 are not included), all the other modifications would not be visible. The kit includes, and shows fitted, two ETC50 racks under each out wing panel, but that only applies to the R5 fitment in the D-9 series, not the D-13 and the kit also has a centreline rack with SC50 bombs, but the photos of W/Nr.863017 when captured show no such rack was installed.

Decal Option
The kit comes with one decal option; W/Nr.863017, 'Yellow 10' as captured at Flensburg in 1945, which is listed as RLM 75 with 83 mottle over 76. The scheme on this machine was quite complex though and Eagle Editions do an excellent decal sheet (EC#59) that covers this machine in some detail with extensive notes on its camouflage and markings [UK modellers can obtain this sheet from Hannants. whilst worldwide enquires should be made directly with Eagle Editions]. Karaya also do alternative decals for this machine once temporary US markings were applied, which you can also obtain from Hannants. The kit decal sheet includes a nice set of D-series airframe stencils and the national insignia with the swastikas split in two.


Conclusion
A nice kit of a rare sub-variant and depicting probably the only option you really have for the type. As with the D-12 this one will go together with ease and although not as complex as the Eduard example, that in itself can be a benefit, so it is highly recommended to all Luftwaffe modellers.