Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8/R2
Eduard, 1/48 scale
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||Eduard Kit No. 8175 - Focke-Wulf Fw
|Contents and Media:
||Around 170 parts in olive coloured plastic;
8 parts in clear; colour photo-etched fret; masking sheet; markings for
six aircraft; instructions and eight page historical booklet.
||USD$39.95 plus shipping,
available online from Eduard
||Beautifully detailed including engine and gun bays; superbly restrained surface
featuring crisp panel lines and very fine lines of recessed rivets where
appropriate; engineered without plugs/inserts; wing cannon access hatch
not split along wing root join; plenty of ordnance options including
drop tank, bomb, W.Gr.21 mortars (rockets); includes colour photo-etched parts for harness and
instrument panel; clever design of
clear parts with separate sliding sections for open and closed canopies; attractive marking options; very high quality
plastic; narrow sprue attachments; excellent instructions and packaging;
plenty of spare parts!
||Modelling experience, patience and
some extra time test fitting and aligning parts is
||Highly Recommended to experienced
modellers and Luftwaffe afficiandos
Reviewed by Brett Green
Eduard's 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8/R2 will
be available online from Squadron.com
By 1943, American B-17 bombers had effectively penetrated the Third
Reich's air defences.
Even without a fighter escort, a single "Flying Fortress" could
direct fire from 12 x .50 calibre heavy machine guns at an attacking
aircraft. A new method was therefore devised that would offer a better
chance of survival and success for Luftwaffe fighters. By
attacking in a group from the rear at close quarters, a formation of
fighters could dilute the defensive capabilities of a "vierbomber"
by spreading fire across several aircraft. Furthermore, greater
firepower would be brought to bear on the vulnerable wings and engines
of the B-17 by this group of attacking fighters.
There seems little argument about the logic of this tactic proposed
by Hauptman von Kornatzi. However, he also proposed that fighters should
ram the bombers when they ran out of ammunition. This was not rhetoric -
the pilots of the new unit were volunteers who understood the
requirement and had to sign a pledge to fulfill it.
The Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8/R2 and R8 variants were
designed as the ultimate heavily armed and armoured anti-bomber aircraft
to execute this dangerous but vital duty. The heavy cowl ring and
air-cooled engine already suited the Fw 190 to the task. Typical
additional equipment included 30mm cannon fitted to the wings; with
supplementary steel plates on the fuselage and thick armoured glass
secured to the canopy. Some R2s had their cowl machine guns removed and
the troughs faired over, while others were fitted with air-to-air
There were a number of variations in armour and
armament to this basic configuration. Also, many Fw 190A-8/R2s and Fw
190A-7/R2s were fitted with similar equipment. Eduard's new model will
be suitable for these variants with minimal modifications, so check your
Eduard released their Royal Class offering of the
heavily armed and armoured Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8/R2 Sturmbock in March
2007. This remarkable package contained two complete kits
plus seven photo-etched frets, canopy and wheel masks, markings for nine aircraft, a genuine fragment from a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8/R2
(markings for this specific aircraft are included on the decal sheet), a
replica Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and ribbon, plus an eight page, all
colour booklet entitled "Bloody Encounter Over a Forgotten Mountain".
This was a limited edition with a price tag of
$160, which was not unreasonable considering the unique contents but
will have put this popular Wurger out of the reach of many modellers'
Well, those modellers can now rejoice, as the
Sturmbock is now available as part of Eduard's standard lineup at the
very reasonable price of $39.99.
The plastic parts are exactly the same as those
supplied in the Royal Class offering, but only one complete aircraft may
be built. However, two sets of fuselage halves are supplied, one with the extra armour
plates moulded in place.
The bottom wing with the shell ejectors for the
big 30mm cannon is included.
Eduard's 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8/R2
kit comprises around 170 parts in olive coloured plastic; 8 parts in
clear; colour photo-etched fret; masking sheet; markings for six
aircraft; instructions and eight page historical booklet.
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Apart from the new parts specific to the R2 Sturmbock variant, the
plastic parts are the same as the earlier excellent A-8. Check the
earlier reviews for specifics, but in summary these kits feature superb
surface texture, a very high level of detail, particularly in the
cockpit with colour photo-etched parts, worthwhile options including
centreline bomb or drop tank, W.Gr.21 rockets and different styles of
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Clear parts emphasize Eduard's innovation. Two styles of
canopy are included - flat and blown - and two of each are attached to
the clear sprue. On the real Würger, the canopy was somewhat flexible.
This flexibility was further enhanced with a short hinge on the top.
This was necessary because the canopy rails tapered inwards back along
the fuselage, requiring the front bottom corners of the canopy to pinch
inward when opening (ie, the width was narrower when the canopy was
open). This attribute has been conveniently ignored by all Fw 190 models
to date - an open canopy would simply overhang the sides of the canopy
deck. Eduard, however, has supplied a closed (wide) and open (narrow)
version for each canopy style. Clever stuff.
The colour photo-etched fret adds useful detail. In
fact, it is impossible to imagine anyone being able to match the realism
of these crisply printed parts with paint.
This fret provides the harness, instrument panel and side consoles in
plus supplementary metal detail parts for the cockpit and aircraft
exterior. The instrument panel should look fantastic when assembled,
incorporating all the tiny details of the dials and the characteristic
coloured surrounds of the engine gauges.
Another nice touch is the inclusion of canopy and wheel
masks in Eduard's thin flexible yellow masking material.
Instructions are supplied in a 20 page A-4 size colour booklet,
with a detailed history on the front page followed by a parts list and
ten pages of construction steps and eight pages of full-colour marking
guides, each with a four-view illustration.
Markings are provided for six interesting Sturmbocks.
Kornatzki, Stab/II.(Sturm)/JG4, September 11th, 1944
Werner Gerth, II.(Sturm)/JG
3 “Udet”, July, 1944
Karl Spenst, 8./JG 300,
Ewald Preiß, 6./JG 300,
Walter Wagner, 5./JG 4,
January 1st, 1945
Ex-white 11 of 5/JG4,
Leo C.Moon, 404th FG, 9th USAF, February/March, 1945
Decals look to be very
thin and of high quality.
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has also supplied an eight page booklet describing the battle above the
Ore Mountains on 11 September, 1944. The booklet is in full colour, and
its glossy pages contain maps, historical photos, description of tactics
and the events of the day, plus eight nicely executed colour profiles of
two P-51Ds, a Fw 190 A-8/R2, three Flying Fortresses and a Messerschmitt
Bf 109 G-6.
In common with the Royal Class offering, you may also easily backdate this kit to a Fw 190 A-7/R2 by
taking the following steps:
Use the short centreline rack (Part K23)
Use cowling parts H10, H14 and H26 (these depict the
earlier "two up, one down" top fastener arrangement)
Fill the oval hatch under the fuselage (actually on
the trailing edge of the bottom wing, Part E1)
Fill one more hatch each on the port and starboard
Relocate the fuel filler hatch
Relocate the pitot inboard to mid-wing
Check your references for exact locations of hatches and
If you missed out on the limited edition Royal Class Fw 190 A-8/R2
offering, or you decided that the price was too high, now you have the
chance to own the popular Sturmbock variant.
In common with the other Wurgers in Eduard's 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw
190 A series, this kit is cleverly engineered and beautifully detailed,
inside and out.
Keep in mind, though, that Eduard's 1/48 scale Fw 190 kits are not
"shake and bake". Modelling skills are required. You will be advised to allocate plenty of time
to test fit and make sure that all the parts are aligned correctly
before committing to glue. If you have already assembled a
few kits, however, you should not have any trouble finishing this
wonderful Würger, as we have seen in several HyperScale Galleries over
the last few months.
Thanks to Eduard for the sample
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Last updated 24 December, 2007
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