Hasegawa 1/72 FW-190A-8

KIT #: 51303 (AP3)
PRICE: This one was $2.50 in a bag
DECALS: Two Options
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken
NOTES: Base kit


In 1992, Hasegawa released a series of FW-190 kits in 1/72. Those were the FW-190A-8, FW-190F-8 and the FW-190D-9. These three kits shared some common sprues, with basically the fuselage sprue being the main difference between them. From there, Hasegawa branched out to other variants and to a considerable number of Limited Edition kits, which were basically just decal changes, though some of them included additional resin or cast metal parts. It is to their credit that many modelers still consider these now nearly 25 year old kits to still be the best in the market. They have been good builds with almost no hassle.

This issue is your basic A-8 boxing. The molding on this initial issue is excellent with no sign of flash or sink areas. it does have ejector pin marks on the one side of the wheels, but those are easily handled and of no real consequence. I should also mention that this kit only has the upper cowling for the upgunned A-8 variant and only comes with the older canopy and not the 'bulged' version put on production aircraft starting in January 1945. This is standard Hasegawa as they rarely provide bits to do other variants, sometimes even cutting the additional pieces from the sprues before boxing. As you can see from looking at the parts diagram, the only part not used is the later head rest for the blown canopy version.

You'd expect this one to have a decal for the instruments and you'd be right. Though the clear, two piece windscreen/canopy can be posed open, the cockpit of the 190 is so tiny that little will be seen. However, there are a number of nice aftermarket cockpits if you are so inclined to spruce things up. Your things under the fuselage is limited to a drop tank. You also need to open up some holes for the tank mount and for the upper wing cannon bulges.

The well done instruction sheet offers 6 nicely illustrated construction steps and I can tell you that the parts fit well and the kit will build quickly. The markings are for two planes. The box art plane os frp, 12/JG 5 and flown by Rudi Linz from Herdla, Norway in early 1945. The other is a rather intriguing airplane that is almost overall RLM 81 except for the forward lower wings which are RLM 76 and the lower and forward cowling which are yellow. This plane was with III./JG 301 in late 1944. Decals are nicely printed but are the 'old school' with off white whites. Fortunately, aftermarket decals have been done so you can do different markings if you so wish.


If you have been looking for a 1/72 FW-190A-8, then this would be an excellent kit to have. It makes into a fine model and will look great on your shelves when done.

February 2015

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