Eduard 1:72 Fw190A-8 , building the “imperfect Beast”
a cantankerous build at best, but still a nice model which i’ll build again in other versions as they are released. one online review called this kit as close as perfect as we modelers can expect, so i’ll call this article “building the imperfect Beast”.
as with most Eduard kits that i have built, this one requires careful dry fitting before applying glue to plastic. the kit instrument panel and side consoles need trimming to fit between the fuselage halves, and i found the wheel well roof interfering with the fit of the wings to the fuselage requiring trimming there. Eduard’s seeming aversion to positive attachment points rears it’s ugly head when positioning the main landing gear. already a tough area to get all the angles right, Eduard makes it no easier by supplying a shallow stepped butt joint.i assembled the landing gear and checked their placement before final assembly, it helped. i also found a rather large gap between the spinner and cooling fan, which i ignored, maybe to be replaced by either Eduard’s or BarracudaCast’s resin props.
a few additions for i wanted this to be a more or less, fast, OOB build. cannon and pitot tube were replaced with stainless steel tubing. i also replaced the kits blob of a wing gun camera with SS tubing. cowling guns are Quickboost resin bits. i made main gear position indicators out of stretched spruce and the antenna wire is .002″ dai-riki fishing line with Vallejo putty for insulators. the kit supplied lap and shoulder belts were annealed then bent, painted and draped over the cockpit sills.
Paints are Mr. Color. markings are the kit supplied ones for Maj. W. Dahl, Stab/JG300. Kean eyes will notice that i used the wrong upper cowling /gun trough and students of the Fw will see two strange access panels on the left side of the fuselage which from my limited research, don’t belong there. other then that, a very detailed kit
As i said, I’ll definitely build more Eduard Wurgers. I doubt they’ll ever be bested in this scale, and after all i’ve said i must add, i really enjoyed this build
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