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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard Big Sin Fw 190A-4 Advanced -- 1:48 Scale

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The Fw 190 was one of the best-known fighter aircraft of the 20th century, and Eduard’s new tool 1:48 scale Fw 190A-4 was Detail & Scale’s 2017 Kit of the Year (see our review HERE).  It’s also been the subject of a few Eduard Brassin detail sets including the cockpit (see our review HERE) the engine (see our review HERE), and one amazing Royal Class offering (see our review HERE). 

The Fw 190A-4 Advanced Big Sin set contains the Brassin sets #648355 (Engine and Fuselage Guns), #648356 (Wingroot Gun Bays), and #648366 (Propeller) along with the PE set #48937 (Fw 190A-4) that to the best of my understanding is only offered in this Big Sin set. Also, these are products for the Eduard Fw 190A-4 that we haven’t reviewed yet here at Detail & Scale.  Let’s take a look. 

First, the Engine and Fuselage Guns set contains 30 resin parts and 76 photoetched metal parts distributed across two frets.  All the great things that were said about the Brassin engine set in my earlier review (see link above) still apply here, from the impeccable, ultra-high fidelity casting and rich detail, to the great engineering – and now includes some awesome PE details for the engine’s wiring and various braces and ancillary parts.  However, this set also integrates Brassin parts for the engine firewall that extends into the nose-mounted machine gun bay, its access cover, various open latches, and the MG 17 machine guns themselves.  The quality and detail again is amazing (particularly the barrel detail) and the guns are produced as a single-piece casting, with each gun integrally cast with its mounting armature.  It’s just perfect.  Also, the recessed and details on the access doors and covers (on both interior and exterior surfaces) exceeds that seen in the kit.   

Second, this set contains parts to open up and detail the MG 151 20 mm cannon bays found in the wing roots.  This set features 10 resin parts and one fret of four PE parts.  Again, the casting is exceptional and filled with some beautiful details, from the floor of the cannon bays to the raised and recessed details on the bay covers and the guns themselves.  The PE parts serve to detail the inner frame of the bays themselves and will do so to a very nice effect.

Third, the propeller set provides some great replacement propeller blades.  Since they are cast in resin, these parts achieve a scale thickness at their edges that are more accurate than the plastic prop blades in the kit.  It also includes a fabulous cast resin prop hub, spinner, and a very handy (and effective) alignment jig to aid in the assembly of the propeller blades.

Fourth, the photoetched metal set contains 49 parts on one fret.  It provide various additional details to round out this Big Sin set, the most conspicuous of which are the replacement PE main gear doors (both interior and exterior surfaces), gear well wall details, wiring bundles, main gear brake lines, gear retraction arm details, and a few nice details for the cockpit, windscreen, and canopy.  As might be expected, these PE parts are elegantly designed and manufactured with great precision.

If you’re a scale modeler interested in opening up your Eduard Fw 190A-4, this Big Sin set will no doubt inspire you when you open the box, and later, these parts will be the basis for one exceptionally super-detailed Würger.  It is a very serious tour-de-force of great detail parts that are unequalled anywhere.  I cannot wait to use these in my Fw 190A-4.

We extend our sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample. You can visit them on the web at http://www.eduard.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EduardCompany/

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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