Fw 190A Royal Class

Eduard 1/48 Fw 190A early versions Royal Class

 

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The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger is a German single-seat, single-engine fighter aircraft designed by Kurt Tank in the late 1930s and widely used during World War II. Along with its well-known counterpart, the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the Focke-Wulf 190 Würger became the backbone of the Luftwaffe's Jagdwaffe (Fighter Force). 
The twin-row BMW 801 radial engine that powered most operational versions enabled the Fw 190 to lift larger loads than the Bf 109, allowing its use as a day fighter, fighter-bomber, ground-attack aircraft and, to a lesser degree, night fighter. 
The Fw 190A started flying operationally over France in August 1941, and quickly proved superior in all but turn radius to the Royal Air Force's main front-line fighter, the Spitfire Mk. V, especially at low and medium altitudes. Το
he 190 maintained superiority over Allied fighters until the introduction of the improved Spitfire Mk. IX.In November/December 1942, the Fw 190 made its air combat debut on the Eastern Front, finding much success in fighter wings and specialised ground attack units called Schlachtgeschwader (Battle Wings or Strike Wings) from October 1943 onwards. 
The Fw 190 provided greater firepower than the Bf 109, and at low to medium altitude, superior manoeuvrability, in the opinion of German pilots who flew both fighters.


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THE KIT


After the  newly tooled and excellent Fw 190A-4 in the 1/48 scale ,Eduard is adding some more variants in their Wurger family. These are the A-2 and the A-3 and the A-

4/Trop. And yes, this is the first time we see these variants  as injection moulded kits straight from the box.

And yes the new  Royal Class boxing  is here  and contains two complete kits for a total of 376 grey plaatic and 20 clear plastic parts, plus three photo-etched frets (two in

colour), canopy and wheel masks, markings for a whopping 14 aircraft, stencil decals for both aircraft, eight BRASSIN resin parts, a themed beer glass and a lovely

frameable poster printed on heavy gauge art paper.

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BOX CONTENTS

First off the kits. As we mentioned this release offers two full kits of the Fw 190A.Here we  have three  frets from the initial release of the new Fw 190A-4 carrying most of the parts for the builds. Two sets of these are provided.

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Also in this case a lot of parts mended to be used in late variants will stay of as spare parts. 
Detail is evident in each and every piece again. The new frets of this release are within those carrying the fuselage and the wings. Although we can build two full kits we have three different fuselage and two different pairs of wings. So let’s take a look at the fuselage variants 
One set depicting the A-2 and A-3 with the recessed antenna mount on the vertical  fin and fuselage cooling slots.

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One set depicting A-4 with the cooling slots and antenna post on top of the fin.

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And finally one set depicting a standard A-4 with cooling flaps and antenna post on top of the fin.

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Now for the wings we have two sets of wings. One with the two guns configuration .

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And one with the four gun configuration .

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With  all these variations of  the fuselage and wing types ,the modeler  can choose between seven sub variations of this early Fw 190A!  So caution is needed upon construction as you have to choose from the beginning of the built the machines  you want to replicate out of the huge marking options of this boxing , so you will use the right parts.
Now as for the details?.. From a first look we can see the same level of surface detail as with the spitfire and Bf 109G series. Very crisp and fine panel lines along with subtle rivet lines .Both are covering the pattern applied  on the full sized aircraft. Also fabric covered control surfaces  with  strip detail  are beautifully presented. In the cockpit area the level of detail is also very nice with a combination of crisply molded  plastic parts .
Of course also in this boxing we have p.e. parts to enhance the built.So two frets are include, one for the A2/A3 variant and one for the A4

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Each fret carries 25 pieces with details for the cockpit area. These enhancements are a multi-layered instrument panel, levers, fuse boxes and seat harness where they raised even more the realism ,with the addition of half tones and shadows.Two versions of the early flat canopy are included. 
A narrower if you choose the canopy in the open position and a wider for the closed option. 
This feature is also seen for the first time in a wurger kit, and it represent what also was happening in the real aircraft’s canopy upon retraction!

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Another extra bonus of this release is the inclusion of resin parts from their BRASSIN series. So we have two sets of early style wheels with highly detailed hubs and thread tires,  along with inner main undercarriage doors  (for the A-2 variant) .

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Also a pair of side engine covers with tropical filters. This part will be in use in case M marking option is chosen ,which depicts a Fw 190A-4/trop .

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Another nice touch is the inclusion of canopy and wheel masks in Eduard's thin flexible yellow masking material.


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The main decal sheet is glossy and printed by Cartograf.

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There are also two smaller sheets with stencil markings for two aircraft. These are also well printed in a flat finish and are produced by Eduard.

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Finally have in mind that  Eduard is also offering in their OVERTREES edition all the sub variants of this package so you can take, in reasonable price ,advantage of this huge markings  sheet and built more of this excellent kit.

BONUS ITEMS

As with every ROYAL CLASS boxing , also in this one Eduard has included a bonus content. In this case we have two! First of is a beautiful crystal beer glass  with a WW 2 insignias composition on the one side and the eduard logo on the other side.

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The second bonus item is a  very nice A2 size poster, printed on heavy grade art paper featuring an impressive artwork of Piotr Forkasiewicz  depicting a fw 190A-4 of the 11./SKG 10 flow by FW. L .Sief on a naval attack on Bona harbor, Algeria in 1943.

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This release provides 14 interesting aircrafts to choose from. These are the following .


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Fw 190A-4, W. Nr. 140581, flown by Lt. E. Burath, Stab I./JG 1, Deelen, the Netherlands, April 1943


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Fw 190A-4, flown by Maj. H. von Bonin, CO of JG 54, Pskov, Soviet Union, Spring 1943


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Fw 190A-2, W. Nr. 120282, flown by Fw. K. Nowak, 9./JG 2, Théville, France, May 1942


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Fw 190A-3, W. Nr. 135313, flown by Oblt. A. Faber, III./JG 2, Morlaix, France, June 1942


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Fw 190A-2, W. Nr. 120206, flown by Fw. W. Grünlinger, Stab III./JG 26, Wevelgem, Belgium, September 1942


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Fw 190A-4, flown by Hptm. H. Philipp, CO of I./JG 54, Krasnogvardeysk, Soviet Union, January 1943


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Fw 190A-2, W. Nr. 120325, flown by Ofw. J. Heinzeller, 3./JG 2, Trickqueville, France, June 1942


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Fw 190A-3, W. Nr. 125425, flown by Fw. K. Kundrus, 12./JG 5, Herdla, Norway, December 1943


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Fw 190A-4, W. Nr. 140634, flown by Maj. H. Graf, CO of JGr. Ost, Toulouse – Blagnac, France, April 1943


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Fw 190A-3, W. Nr. 130541, flown by Fw. E. Mayer, 9./JG 5, Herdla, Norway, March 1945


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Fw 190A-3, W. Nr. 132259, flown by Uffz. G. Josten, 1./JG 51, Lyuban, Soviet Union, Autumn 1942


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Fw 190A-3, W. Nr. 130541, flown by Oblt. A. Dickfeld, CO of II./JG 2, San Pietro, Italy, November 1942


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Fw 190A-4/Trop, W. Nr. 145614, EKdo 19, Benghazi, Lybia, November 1942


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Fw 190A-4, W. Nr. 142317, flown by Fw. L. Seif, 11./SKG 10, Sidi Ahmed,Tunisia, January 1943


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As with all the Royal Class realeases also this one is rich and impressive. It offers two full kits for  early variants of the Fw 190A never seen before in the 1/48 scale as standalone kits, along with p.e. and resin enhancements , painting masks, a huge variety of marking options and two beautiful  bonus items. .What more can you  ask for? In my opinion this is the best  Royal Class offering to date. At a first glance it may seem expensive but taking into account the whole packing, it’s not. 
Very highly recommended

We thank the Eduard company for providing us this review sample. For direct purchase please refer to the following link.


Link for Eduard 1/48 Fw 190A early versions


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