Pacific Coast Models 1/32 Ta-152C-0
The Focke‑Wulf Fw‑190 had been plagued from the outset with a lack of
high altitude performance, a situation that led to the continued development of
the Bf‑109 series past its development peak, due to the fact it had outstanding
high altitude performance, which became more and more necessary as the Eighth
Air Force increased in size and effectiveness with its high altitude daylight
assault on Germany.
The Dora‑9, powered by the Junkers Jumo 213A ‑ a bomber engine ‑ went
some distance in solving the problem of high altitude performance, but the
airplane still lost power above 25,000 feet, which was just the altitude the
B‑17s and B‑24s came in at.
Tank argued continually with the Reichluftfartministerium (RLM) to
be allowed to put a Daimler‑Benz DB603 series engine in the Jumo‑powered
airframe, convinced that such a powerplant would provide the high altitude
performance so needed. Tank's success with the high‑altitude Ta‑152H ‑ the first
of the series that carried its designer's name in its designation ‑ which was
powered by the Jumo 213E, demonstrated that he was on the right track.
Finally, in August 1944, following the failure of the Ta‑152B program, permission was granted to adapt the Ta‑152B airframe to the DB603 series engine. Tank made a maximum effort to bring the new type forward, utilizing as much of the B‑series airframe as possible. Plans were afoot to commence production deliveries from the Roland Group by April 1945.
Two Fw‑190D prototypes were modified with DB603L engines as the
Fw‑190V20/U1 and Fw‑190V21/U1; unfortunately, the V20 was destroyed in an air
raid on August 5, 1944. The V21 first flew on
The Ta‑152C-0/V6, powered by
a DB603LA engine, was otherwise similar to the Fw‑190V21, and made its first
The V6 and V8 were powered by the DB603L, while the V7 was powered by the DB603EM, which offered 1,800 h.p. at takeoff, boosted to 2,250 h.p. with MW50, an improvement of 150 h.p. in both categories over the DB603L. The V7 was the fastest of the three prototypes with a sea level maximum speed of 342 mph and 370 mph without and with MW50, though at higher altitudes the DB603L provided substantially better performance.
Unfortunately, both the DB603EM and the DB603L required 96 octane C3 fuel, which was becoming harder to get hold of in 1945 Germany; as a result, it was decided that the production aircraft would be powered by the DB603LA, since this engine could use both 87 octane B4 or the higher‑octane C3.
The production versions would have been the Ta‑152C‑1 and Ta‑152C‑3, with the latter substituting a 30mm MK103 for the MK108, with all equipped with the R11 all‑weather equipment fit.
By the spring of 1945, however, Western and Soviet forces were sweeping
There can be little doubt that, had the war lasted into 1946, that the Ta‑152C would have proven a worthy opponent to the Spitfire 22/24 and the P‑51H, which were its closest Allied contemporaries.
Luftwaffe researcher Jerry Crandall has unearthed a Luftwaffe Quartermeister Report dated 20 April 1945, which shows two serviceable Ta 152 C‑1/R31s on strength with Stab JG 301 stationed at Welzow, Werke Nummern unknown. Unfortunately there are no known photos. At this late date, it is most likely these airplanes - if they were indeed there - were grounded due to lack of fuel. It is also likely they were not given any sort of unit markings in the last three weeks of the war. Allied personnel likely would have mistaken them for Fw-190D-9s after V-E Day, and their most likely disposition would have been the scrap heap with everything else Luftwaffe.
This is the first 1/32 scale Ta-152C released as an injection-molded kit.
Jerry Rutman did an all-resin Ta-152C that is reviewed here
For those modelers who complained that the
The kit provides markings for both the V6 and V7, as well as some “whiffer” markings for the (alleged) JG301 airplanes. However, the model builds up as the V7 only, because it only has the cowling for the supercharger associated with that airframe for the DB603EM engine; the V6 airframe had a slightly different, somewhat longer, supercharger cowling, which would probably also be what the Ta-152C-1 would have looked like.
This is a limited-run kit. That said, it assembled easier than either the Ta-152H or the Fw-190A kits from PCM.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
Nobody really knows what the colors were on the Ta-152C-V7, but they could have been RLM81 and RLM83 on the fuselage, and RLM82 and RLM 75 on the upper wings, with RLM76 on the lower surfaces. From the one well-known picture of this prototype, it is certain that the upper wing lighter color did not “wrap around” on the lower forward surface. It is also certain that the center sections of the lower surface were left unpainted. Since this is a colorful choice, it's how I did the model. You could also paint it pink and chartreuse upper surfaces and no one could disprove you, but the hand wringers would probably be upset with you if you took it to a contest, even if they couldn't prove it wrong. (That's a joke, hand wringers)
The kit decals were used. They are very thin and easy to screw up, which I did with the fuselage crosses, which I had to replace with decals from the dungeon. Be very careful to let these fully detach from the backing, and use plenty of water on the surface where they are being applied. Once in position, mop up the water with tissue paper and then apply a decal solvent. These finally went down with a final application of Solvaset after using Micro-Sol. When everything was done, I washed off the solvent residue and gave the model a coat of Xtracrylix “Flat” varnish, which is not completely flat out of the bottle, a look I wanted for this.
Unless someone releases a 1/32 Fw-190 “Kangaruh,” this is my last 1/32 Fw-190, the collection is complete. This is a very good kit, and any modeler with experience of doing at least one limited-run kit successfully should have no problem creating a very nice model from what's in the box. It's one of the best kits I have seen from Pacific Coast Models, and highly recommended.
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