FW-190 A4 Eduard 1:48 rollout and review
Hello and welcome to my rollout and short build review of this fairly new kit from Eduard.
First of all, no aftermarket parts are used, so this is an “out of the box” model. The only exception is the thin wire (yellow) on the undercarriage and the thin needle on the right leg (this is the cable that moves the tailwheel in the fuselage on the real thing).
As you can read in my kit review, this model is a new tool kit and therefore there is no engine parts included, just a simple half relief plate. I liked this simplified version, because I did not want to show what is under the cowling. The construction itself was not difficult, but you must work very precisely. Clean up every part very carefully and test fit everything before gluing together. I recommend using Tamiya’s extra thin cement. I have no major spots of putty used on this kit. Only a very little between the fuselage and the wings. There are many parts that are not to be used, depending on the version you are like to build. My advice is to read the instructions very carefully und mark the parts for your preferred version with a highlighter.
After cleaning the model finished with alcohol, I masked the cockpit and wheel wells, then preshading the hole plane with a dark grey color. The included masks fit exactly!
I used Mr Hobby colors in a mixing ratio ca. 60 : 40 color and alcohol. Alcohol dries very fast, but I like it to put multiple very fine layers of color on my model.
The part that I enjoy the most is the weathering. As you can see on the pictures I used very simple materials like pastels, ink box colors for kids and of course some pigments from “mig”.
Many people asked me ho to reach such an almost real looking weathering effect for the exhaust. The trick is to imitate the weathering in several layers und with different tools. One of my favorite “tools” are micro mesh and toothpicks. Spray a fine layer with flat black to simulate the exhaust and give that area also pastels in gray, black and some white spots. Carefully remove the weathering punctually with micromesh and toothpicks, to simulate irregular and natural wear, repeat the procedure until you are satisfied with the result. Some extra streaks with black ink can be applied if necessary
Decals: I don’t like the Eduard decals that much, because the are not sharp enough and to thick. The lettering of the stencils are to bold and I softened them by over spraying them with a very fine cover of color.
Verdict: This is a very fine kit with nice extra features, I like the photo etched parts for the cockpit, the fine engravings and the possibility to build different versions of the plane.
I don’t like the decals and would use aftermarket replacements next time.
Flattened wheels would also be a nice feature for future kits, cause using the "unaltered" parts, the model is looking like standing on tiptoes.
Thanks for watching and happy modelling!
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