FW-190A-8 Engine & Fuselage Guns

Published: November 6th, 2017     
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Reviewed by: 
Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard
Price: $29.95
Product / Stock #: 672088

What's in the Box?

This Eduard Brassin set is for the Eduard Fw 190A-8 kit. The set includes detail parts to add to a highly detailed engine and a nice set of MG 131 fuselage machine guns to replace the simple kit pieces while also giving you the opportunity to have as many panels as possible open

The resin and photoetch parts inside the box looked great and very well molded the photoetch parts between the 672088 and 672082 are completely identical and use the same instructions with the exceptions of the fuselage guns specific etched parts.

The 23 included items are as followed in this boxing breakdown:

  • 5 Main Engine Assembly pieces
  • 6 Sub Engine pieces and assemblies
  • 8 Replacement panels and propeller cowling
  • 1 Photoetched fret to include harnesses, fuel lines, wiring and chain assemblies
  • 3 the MG 131 machine guns, the replacement firewall, and the new magazines for the guns

The Engine Buildup

The assembly instructions are very clear and detailed but very busy at times and will def have you looking at front and backs, and taking this thing apart especially with the addition of the fuselage guns also requesting some real estate in the cramped engine bay lol.

Steps 1 through to 5 are the gun, firewall and magazine assemblies be very careful with the etched parts not just due to the small sharp points and edges but also the carpet monster will eat them. Upon completion of the firewall and magazines I set those aside for a later assembly.

Steps 6-16 went into engine assembly and the detailed required surgery to make the new engine fit and a give you a good idea of how the new resin replacement engine panels would line up and be positioned. Again, as just like the previous 1/72nd engine I built I used a combination of both KMC and JLC razer saws, a #11 and # 15 scalpel blades to trim and cut the required panels.

The next and final few steps 17-22 consist mostly of the required steps used to shove the little fat engine in place and seal all those panels up along with the small photoetched engine panel hinges, trust me after building one engine already it's so relieving feeling to see all that hard work from the first build teach you something new.

Finishing

I used model master enamels for this engine set and all included panels. For base painting, I used Model Master flat black for the cylinder heads and the bulk of the engine metal assemblies, it was easier to paint the entire engine prior to adding the exhausts on both sides and the rest of the additional engine pieces.

The firewall, magazines, inner cowl panel and all access doors where painted RLM 02 tan using model master enamels

The exhausts stacks where all painted with model master rust enamel and I have to say im very pleased with how it looks on model parts, it gives that deep rust look.

After the cylinder heads and radial blocks where painted I dry brushed some Testors silver to accent the engine detail. Oh, I forgot to mention color callouts for the set call for Mr. Color but we all have our opinions and preferences.

After all painting was done I sealed the engine with Testors Dullcote to give it a nice flat finish.

Conclusion

My thanks to IPMS and the reviewer corps along with a big shout out to Eduard for the opportunity to enjoy their wonderful products once again.

  • Parts and Pieces
    Parts and Pieces
  • Stock Shot
    Stock Shot
  • Kit
    Kit
  • Gun Bay
    Gun Bay
  • Engine
    Engine
  • Cowling Comparison
    Cowling Comparison
  • Comparison 2
    Comparison 2
  • Finished 1
    Finished 1
  • Finished 2
    Finished 2
  • Finished 3
    Finished 3