Eduard 1:48 Focke Wulf Fw 190 Nachtjäger

KIT #: 8177
PRICE: 4140 yen from Hobby Link Japan
DECALS: Four options
REVIEWER: Franciso Santoro



Though flying for the first time before the outbreak of WWII, the little and agile fighter was unobserved by the Allies, causing an ugly surprise when it first entered in combat service over France in 1941. In fact, it was superior to the bigger and slower Spitfire Mk V so, for the first time, the RAF was not only surpassed in number, but also technically.


In June 1942, an Fw 190A-3 landed by mistake in England. Testing showed that the Fw 190 was better than expected. It was faster and better armed than any other Allied fighter in service, and had also heavier armament (in that time, its armament consisted of two 7,92mm MG 17 on the engine cowling, two unknown Mauser cannons and two external 20mm MG FF), it was very robust, it had excellent manoeuvrability and a good field of view for the pilot.


It was also an small target, it was lighter than any other Allied fighter in service, and it had a wide track landing gear (rather than the narrow track of the Bf 109). Though it never replaced the Bf 109, it was manufactured in various versions by different factories.


The Fw 190A series included several fighter and fighter-bomber versions, some having not only its armament reinforced with heavier guns but also having strong points under the wings to carry two/four 20mm cannons or two 30mm cannons. Most of them had an MW 50 or GM-1 overpowering system (or had both).


Some Fw 190As carried torpedoes, others were dual trainers, some received an automatic pilot for bad weather and night fighting.


It´s curious that the Bf 109, an older design with lots of disadvanteges would be produced in higher numbers, flown also by most of the Luftwaffe aces. In 1945, the Fw 190A-5 was put in production in an underground facility in France, directed by the SNCASO. 64 machines had been completed by 1946.



Coming in a top opening box, the kit is molded in dark grey plastic, there were no signs of flash or any molding defect that I could detect on the 213 pieces of the kit. It has fine panel lines and rivets.

It comes with a complete engine, which can be seen by using the clear part for the machinegun armament for the nose. 3 versions of the Fw 190 can be made, Fw 190A-6, Fw 190A-7 and Fw 190A-8, it comes with a coloured etched fret for the cockpit parts and a second, golden etched fret for the antennaes.


The main decals are printed by Cartograf and the stencils are printed by Eduard. There are four versions of the plane. It also has painting masks for the wheels and canopy.


The four options for the plane are:

1)              Focke Wulf Fw 190A-6/R11 White 11, W.Nr. 550143, flown by Oblt. Fritz Krause, 1/NJGr 10, Werneuchen airfiel, Germany, January 1944. Painted in RLM 04/74/75/76.


2)              Focke Wulf Fw 190A-6/R11 “Neptun” Black 8, II/JG 300, Lobnitz, Fall of 1943.


3)              Focke Wulf Fw 190A-7/R11 “Neptun” Yellow 1/Red N, flown by Lt. Klaus Bretschneider, 6/JG 300, Rheine, March 1944.


4)              Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8/R11 “Neptun” White 9, flown by Ofw. Gunther Migge, 1/NJGr 10, Werneuchen airfield, 1944. 



It looks to be an excellent kit, but at the same time it seems to be rather hard to build, my guessings are that this kit might be suitable only for intermediate to advanced modellers.





Franciso Santoro


March 2015

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