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Eduard Fw 190D-9 Late ProfiPACK Edition -- 1:48 Scale

Germany’s Fw 190s were among the most well-recognized fighters of WWII – from the radial engine powered variants to the inline engine powerplants of the long-nosed Fw 190Ds.  In this release, we look at the recent Eduard 1:48 scale Fw 190D-9 (Late) ProfiPACK edition which featured the tail of the Ta 152 attached to the D-9.            

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The Fw 190D (otherwise known as the “Long-Nose Dora”, or Langnasen-Dora) earned its name from a new powerplant that quite noticeably extended its nose:  a 12-cylinder inline engine that replaced the radial engine of earlier -A, -F and -G models.  Previously, the liquid-cooled Junkers Jumo 213A 12-cylinder powerplant (boosted up to 2240 hp with water-methanol injection) had only been on bombers.  The Fw 190D was based on the airframe of the Fw 190A and can be considered a transitional design between the 190 and the Ta 152.  

Production began in 1944 and some 1,800 Ds were produced.  Despite its high-altitude capabilities, the Fw 190D found its true niche as a medium altitude interceptor –on par with the with P-51 and Spitfire.  It was also a highly versatile ground attack aircraft.  Overall, the Fw 190D was considered by many German pilots to be the finest piston-engine fighter in the Luftwaffe.  The D-9 variant also had improved visibility in the form of a ‘bubble’ or teardrop shaped canopy that provided good overall visibility, though perhaps but not quite on par with its contemporaneous Allied rivals. 

A very small handful of the late D-9s were fitted with the tall and distinct wooden-fabricated tail section of the Ta 152.  This was not an experimental configuration but likely owed to production problems and shortages in the standard tail subassemblies.  Photos of at least two of these hybrid Doras (can we call then Frankenwürgers?) exists with documentation of a probable third.

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Eduard’s Fw 190D-9 kit contains 138 gray injection molded plastic parts on five sprues, 11 clear parts on one sprue, 43 photoetched parts (with a pre-painted instrument panel and seatbelts) on one fret, and one pre-cut, self-adhesive mask for the canopy and windscreen.  Decals were printed by Eduard and come on two decal sheets that cover markings and airframe stencils.  Markings for five late Fw 190D-9s are included:

Strengths:  The late Doras with the Ta 154 tails have long been something of a subject of fascination for many scale modelers.  Finally, Eduard has produced a really nice kit of this uniquely configured 190.  Of course, that’s a just construction option:  the kit contains two sets of fuselages - a standard Fw 190D-9 and a retooled Fw 190D-9 with the Ta 152 tail and decals that go with them.  I suspect the real draw in this kit for most scale modelers will be the unique tail.  The new tool fuselage halves that contain this unique feature really look quite nice and are equally well done as any contemporary Eduard injection molded kit.   
The rest of this kit is based on the Eduard’s 2009-era tooling of the 1:48 scale Fw 190D-9, and it has garnered a solid reputation for its detail, engineering, and ease-of-construction.  If you’ve ever seen one of the MANY issues of the Eduard Fw 190D-9, this kit will be immediately familiar to you.  That is to say that the Eduard D-9 is a beautiful kit and possesses a high level of detail, outstanding fit, and sublime recessed and raised surface details.  There are separate control surfaces, optional open gun and cannon bays in the wing roots and nose, open or closed cowl flap options, and the option to hang either a drop tank or a bomb on the centerline pylon.  The kit also features accurate see-through wheel wells with visible rear engine detail and either the flat or blown canopy options.  It’s a lovely thing just to look at on the sprues.

The pre-painted photoetched metal parts are gorgeous and will elevate the level of detail in the cockpit considerably.  The PE belts feature subtle shading and stitching details while the instrument panel features nice raised glass effects atop the instrument dial faces.  If PE parts aren’t your thing, alternate decals for the instrument panel dials are included. The markings are all quite interesting (a good cross-section of late war decals look great in terms of their design and technical printing qualities).

Weaknesses:  I sure was looking for some, but I cannot identify any worthwhile critiques of Eduard’s 1:48 Fw 190D-9 Late.

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This is an excellent 1:48 scale offering from Eduard that features the rare late-war Fw 190D-9s with the wooden tail of the Ta 152 along with the option to build a standard D-9. It’s an excellent combination of great injection molded parts, excellent detail parts, and very nice decals.
Sincere thanks are owed to Eduard for the review sample.  You 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
Detail & Scale

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