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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard Brassin Fw 190A-4 Engine -- 1:48 Scale

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Eduard recently released the first of its “second generation” 1:48 scale Fw 190s, and it is one of the best kits of 2017 (see our review HERE).  Still, there’s more detail that can be worked into this kit, and Eduard has released a series of Brassin detail sets for their new Würger. Here, we take a look at their engine set.  

Following the selection of the Me 109 as the Luftwaffe’s front-line fighter in 1937, Kurt Tank and the Focke Wulf engineers took their losing Fw 159 prototype back to the drawing board, and the Fw 190 began to emerge.  Particularly important was the inclusion of an air-cooled, 14-cylinder BMW 139 radial engine.  That development evolved into the short nose production 190s fitted with the twin-row BMW 801 radial powerplant.  The Fw 190A-4 was powered by the BMW 801D-2, equipped with a power boost system that injected a water-methanol mix into the cylinders to coax additional horsepower and altitude from the engine.

The Brassin engine set for the 1:48 Fw 190A-4 contains 22 cast resin parts and 62 photoetched metal parts on one fret.  The parts provide for a complete engine.  The BMW 801 is represented in exquisite detail.  Further, every time Eduard’s Brassin line really impresses me, they produce something new, such as this set, that raises that bar even higher.

First off, casting quality is impeccable.  There are no flaws, errors, or defects anywhere in any of these pieces.  Also of note, Eduard is using multiple small casting gates for a number of the smaller and thinner parts, and this way, it’s faster and easier separation and cleanup when compared to the use of a single large casting block.  Also, the parts breakdown effectively balances maximum detail with minimum complexity of construction.   

Second, the engine parts are exceptional – pretty much state of the art where resin-casting is concerned.  Both cylinder rows are cast together as one piece and the relief and detail are very impressive.  Even very miniscule details, such as some of the fine wiring and bolts atop the cylinder heads, are all there in the casting.  The gearbox and aft engine accessories (e.g. oil filters and associated gear) are no less impressive and are detail-rich and a real treat for the eyes just sitting there unpainted.  Other parts include resin parts that appear to capture the BMW 801’s complex network of exhaust pipes just perfectly.  The front of the engine cowl is also included in resin in far greater detail (both inside and out) than what the kit part provides.

Third, there will be a little cutting necessary to open up the engine access panels, but the set includes replacement parts in resin that are both appropriately thin and beautifully cast with lots of detail on both their exterior and interior surfaces.  The engine mount is also included, and it is very well cast.

Fourth, the photoetched metal parts provide many small but important engine details (e.g., various braces and plates) but the ignition rings and wires dominate the fret.  Normally, I would opt not to use a two-dimensional PE part for a three-dimensional wire, but here, these are so elegantly done and so finely made that scale modelers truly could not do any better than this.     

In summary, the Brassin engine set for the 1:48 scale Eduard Fw-190A-4 is outstanding.  If you’re looking for that extra detail for your 190’s powerplant, go no further.  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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