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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard Fw 190A-5 Landing Flaps -- 1:48 Scale

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In November 2017, Eduard released the first kit in their new-tool family of Fw 190As in 1:48 scale.  Readers here will likely recall the high praise that has been deservedly given to each of these kits, including that it was the recipient of Detail & Scale’s 2017 Kit of the Year Award.  You can find those reviews HERE.

Still, one of the few things I critiqued about this kit was the lack of separate landing flaps.  This is perhaps a less empirical critique and more of a personal bias coming to light since I often really enjoy building my airplanes with their flaps, slats, and other control surfaces hanging out all over the place.  I like to represent all the complexity of the detail, structure, and engineering.  Of course, Eduard knows there are plenty of builders out there like me, and they planned for this.  They have released photoetched metal landing flap detail sets for their Fw 190A-4 and A-5 kits.  Here, we take a look at the Fw 190A-5 landing flaps for the 1:48 scale Eduard kit.

This photoetched metal detail set comes on a single fret and contains 14 parts.  The quality of parts is standard Eduard:  outstanding fidelity, quality, and accuracy.  It is really beautifully done.  The photoetched metal parts are ideal to represent the depth, scale thickness, and detail that is in the trailing edge of the inside of the wing.  While I admit that I don’t have a lot of references on 190 landing flaps, they compare just about perfectly to what I’ve seen in the past and to the 190s I most recently had a chance to photograph at the Military Aircraft Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

This is not a “drop-in” detail set.  Integrating it into your Eduard A-5 kit will take some work.  There is some razor saw surgery that needs to be done on the fuselage where it meets the aft wing roots and removal of the entire lower landing flap from the kit’s lower wing.  The trickiest part of all of this involves removal of about half of the thickness of the inside upper surface of the landing flap of each upper wing half.  That’s a job for a sanding stick, and watch the thinness of your trailing edge.  And of course, take your time and test fit PE Parts 1 and 2 along the way.  There’s also a good deal of folding of PE parts in this set.  I would highly recommend use of a “hold-and-fold” type tool for the job.

Overall, this is a great additional detail set for your 1:48 scale Eduard Fw 190A-5 kit if you wish to build the airplane with its landing flaps deployed. 

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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