Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Fw 190A-8 MG 131 Mount

Published: March 29th, 2016     
Fw 190A-8 MG 131 Mount
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This resin and PE set provides the rear part of the radial engine, firewall, MG-131 machine guns, gun breech cover with detail inside and out, 2 ammunition containers, one engine mount, one engine mounting bracket, one cylindrical engine part of unknown function, and one PE sheet containing numerous detail parts for this unit. The instructions are very detailed and clear on how the whole thing is supposed to go together.

Horton Ho 229 Landing Gear

Published: March 28th, 2016     
Horton Ho 229 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions celebrated their Silver Anniversary last year, and now have over twenty-five years of supplying resin and white metal parts to model builders. This is the seventh landing gear set from SAC that I have reviewed, and once again, they have provided an excellent metal option for kit-supplied landing gear. This set is intended for the 1/48 scale Horton Ho 229 flying wing that was released by Zoukei-Mura last year (kit 3 of the 1/48 scale Super Wing Series). The purpose of this replacement set is to provide stronger landing gear that is adjustable if necessary to obtain proper angles. Even with no previous experience in using white metal parts, this set will provide an upgrade that most modelers will have no issue installing.

FW-190A-8 Cockpit Interior Detail Set

Published: March 28th, 2016     
FW-190A-8 Cockpit Interior Detail Set
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This resin and PE set includes the major cockpit interior, side panels, rear cockpit deck, 2 forward instrument panel covers for mounting the gunsight, rear headrest, two piece instrument panels, and a control stick.  The PE sheet provides painted instrument panels, seat belts, rudder pedals, and misc. parts.  Clear film for the gunsight is also included.  Instructions are complete and highly detailed, providing location and color information. This has more detail than the one provided in the kit, and makes a useful addition to this kit.  Some trimming inside the fuselage is required, but this is clearly explained in the instructions. Recommended.

My thanks go to Eduard for the chance to review this wonderful set.

FW-190A Exhaust Stacks

Published: March 28th, 2016     
FW-190A Exhaust Stacks
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This kit provides three resin exhaust stack units for the FW-190A-8 kit.  These snap into place just like the ones provided in the kit, and the only difference is that the Brassin units are drilled out, appearing to be exhaust stacks rather than solid tubes.  Highly recommended.

My thanks to Eduard for the review set.

Focke Wulf FW-190A-8

Published: March 27th, 2016     
Focke Wulf FW-190A-8
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

History

The Focke Wulf FW-190 series of fighters served as one of the two major single engine fighters used by the Luftwaffe during World War II. Introduced after the Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter, the FW-190A powered by a radial engine was in many ways a better fighter, although it was inferior in performance to the Messerschmitt at high altitudes, a disadvantage solved by the introduction of the Jumo powered FW-190D later in the war. The radial engine FW-190 became standard not only in fighter units, but also in close support units, especially on the Eastern Front. It was more heavily armed and armored, and its wide track undercarriage made it easier to fly, cutting the accident rate dramatically, compared to the Bf-109.

The more heavily armed FW-190A-8 and FW-190F-8 fighters were produced in the greatest numbers, and these are readily identified by the cowling bulges ahead of the windshield, which covered the mechanism of the 13 mm. MG0-131 machine guns used on this variant.