Detail & Scale Header
Digital Publications Link
Aviation Photo Section Link
Scale Modeling Section Link
Aviatin Artwork Link
Furball Aero Design / Detail & Scale Decals
About Us Link
Contact Us Link
Home Page Link

Detail & Scale Books

Quick Links to Available Detail & Scale Series Publications.


Detail & Scale Series


F3H Demon in
Detail & Scale
**********F2H Banshee in
Detail & Scale, Pt. 1

**********
SBD Dauntless in
Detail & Scale

**********

F-102 Delta Dagger in Detail & Scale
**********

F4F & FM Wildcat in Detail & Scale
**********

F-8 & RF-8 Crusader in Detail & Scale

**********

Military Aviation Websites:
Click Here

——————

Scale Modeling Websites:
Click Here



KIT REVIEW


Eduard #R0016
Fw 190A Early Versions -- Royal Class -- 1:48 Scale

The Fw 190 was one of the best-known aircraft of the 20th century, and Eduard’s new tool Fw 190A-4 was Detail & Scale’s 2017 Kit of the Year (see our review HERE).  While the market sure has plenty of 1:48 scale Fw 190s to choose from, Eduard has arguably rendered obsolete everything else out there, including Eduard’s own first generation of injection-molded 1:48 scale Fw 190s.  And just when you think it can’t get better, Eduard has released a Royal Class edition of their new 190, which includes TWO full kits (including options to build a version that has never before been available in kit form), resin and PE detail parts, tons of markings options, Fw 190 art, and a beer glass.  Sit back, relax, and let’s take a look at this rather remarkable kit set.    

(Return to top of page)

In 1934, the German Ministry of Aviation issued a call for proposal for a modern fighter to rearm and modernize the Luftwaffe.  Arado, Focke-Wulf, Heinkel, and Messerschmitt developed prototypes for a fly-off.  The Me 109 was selected in 1936 as the winning design, and a famous chapter in aviation was launched.  But by 1937, a need was defined for a second fighter to complement the Me 109.  Focke-Wulf designers led by Kurt Tank took another look at their losing Fw 159 prototype and began to develop a new design, enhancing the Fw 159’s virtues but also eliminating its weaknesses.  The right combination of features came together when they included an air-cooled, 14-cylinder BMW 139 radial engine paired with other innovations that achieved a low-drag cowling that optimized engine airflow and cooling characteristics, coupled with increased wing loading.  Other features included extensive use of electrical versus hydraulic controls and control rods (as opposed to cables) that made handling more responsive.

The first Fw 190 Würger (or Shrike) V1 flew on 01 June 1939.  This marked the origin of one of the most prolific production runs of any WWII-era fighter involving some 20,000 airplanes that spanned (by my count) 77 variants and sub-types.  Together, the Fw 190 and the Me 109 formed the spine of the Luftwaffe’s fighter corps.  The 190 was arguably the Luftwaffe’s most effective day fighter, serving in every corner of Europe and North Africa.

The early Fw 190 lineage started out with Fw 190A-0s, and the 28 that were built were essentially pre-production examples.  The Fw 190A-1 entered production in June 1941 and featured the BMW 801C-1 engine rated at 1,540 hp, and four 7.92 mm MG 17 machine guns (two in the nose and two in the wing roots).  The A-2 came on the scene in October 1941 and was powered by the more powerful BMW 801C-2 while the MG 151 20mm cannons replaced the machine guns in the wing roots and the machine guns were shifted the middle of the wing.  The A-3 saw the switch to the BMW 801D-2 powerplant which was equipped with a power boost system that injected a water‑methanol mix into the cylinders to coax additional horsepower and altitude from the engine and increased power to nearly 1,700 hp.  The Fw 190A-4 was introduced in July 1942 and it was the most numerous (and the last) of the early-model short-nosed -190s.  It was conceived of as an improved A-3 that featured a short radio antenna atop the vertical stabilizer. There were also A-3 and A-4 configurations without the outboard wing machine guns.  At the time of its introduction, The A-4 was evenly matched with the Spitfire Mk. IX, but by 1943, parity was lost with the appearance of new Allied fighters such as the P-47, P-51, and more advanced Spitfires.  Other models of the Würger such as the D-series had to be developed to meet such challenges later in the war.

(Return to top of page)

Eduard’s Fw 190A Early Versions Royal Class offering comes in the distinctive Royal Class crimson and gold-colored boxing with a lightly embossed surface.  Inside are two complete Fw 190A kits.  Each kit comes on six dark blue-gray sprues holding a total of 189 parts (around 100 will be used depending on which variant of the Fw 190A is built; see below), ten clear parts on one sprue, and one fret of 46 mostly pre-painted photoetched metal parts.  One pre-cut vinyl mask set for the masking of the windscreens, canopies, main gear wheel hubs, and tail wheel hubs is also included.

The Royal Class set also contains two sets of Brassin cast resin wheels, resin Fw 190A-2 inner gear well doors, and a set of resin cowlings with the A-4 Trop variant’s air intake filters.  There’s also a really impressive A2 sized poster (16.5” x 23.4”) with artwork by Piotr Forkasiewicz depicting a trio of Fw 190A-4s on the deck during the attack on Bona Harbor, Algeria, in January 1943.  Last, but certainly not least, there’s a beer glass packaged carefully in its own rigid cardboard box that features a unique Fw 190 motif on one side and the Eduard Royal Class emblem on the other.  The instructions guide each build over 26 steps.  An additional doubled-sided sheet contains a set of small corrections attending to a few small errors and some of the Brassin parts not in the instruction booklet.  The markings come on four Cartograf-printed decal sheets (one large primary sheet, two identical sets of stenciling, and one tiny correction sheet).  Markings for no less than 14 Fw 190As are provided:

Strengths: All of the praise and superlatives earned by Eduard’s re-tooled, second generation Würger applies here (and for those, I’d again refer readers to the link in the introduction to this review).  As a brief recap, though, this is the best 1:48 scale Fw 190 that you can build, and Eduard makes a statement with this kit.  The parts breakdown and overall engineering result in a kit that is quite straightforward and easy to build.  Construction will not be particularly time consuming.  Surface detail is outstanding as expected from Eduard, with beautifully executed and restrained recessed panel lines and elegant recessed rivet details arrayed into complex (and as best I can tell) ultra-accurate patterns.  Dry fits of the fuselage halves and wings demonstrate airtight fits.

In the Royal Class edition, several special features and highlights:

Weaknesses: The only two critiques that can be levied against this kit carry over from the earlier review:  the landing flaps are not molded as separate parts and the cockpit and gear wells are simplified.  For the former, that’s what the photoetched metal parts and even the Brassin cockpit are for (see our review HERE).  And you can certainly add appropriate wiring/plumbing in the wells with very little effort.  

(Return to top of page)

Eduard’s Royal Class offerings are often extremely impressive, and this is one of the best ever to date - from the two Fw 190 kits, detail parts, decals, poster, and beer glass.  Eduard really knows how to put a package together.  It’s more than a kit set – it’s a bit of an experience.  If you’re a fan of the Fw 190, this is going to be one iconic item for you.  If you’re into WWII scale modeling more broadly, this is a unique contribution to that genre, and should your interest lie further beyond that, consider this an amazing offering that will provide an opportunity to do something new and memorable with some great material.  

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
Detail & Scale

(Return to top of page)

** Click on the thumbnails below to view a larger image.**


 

 

(Return to top of page)

Just Released!

JET FIGHTERS
OF THE U. S. NAVY AND MARINE CORPS
PART 1: THE FIRST TEN YEARS
*********

Detail & Scale Special Edition Books

U. S. Navy and Marine Carrier-Based Aircraft of World War II
*********


Attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan Awakens a Sleeping Giant

********


Colors & Markings Series



Colors & Markings of U. S. Navy
F-14 Tomcats,
Part 1: Atlantic
Coast Squadrons
********


Colors & Markings of the F-102
Delta Dagger

**********


Colors & Markings of U. S. Navy
F-14 Tomcats,
Part 2: Pacific
Coast Squadrons

**********