Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-6
Special Hobby, 1/48 scale
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||Special Hobby Kit No. RK001 - Focke-Wulf Fw
190 A-6 Hajo Hermann
|Contents and Media:
||163 parts in olive coloured plastic;
8 parts in clear; colour photo-etched fret; masking sheet; three piece 1/10 scale resin bust; poster signed by Hajo Hermann; markings for one aircraft.
||USD$89.10 available online from Squadron
||Beautifully detailed including full
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); long centreline rack for A-7 and
later; includes colour photo-etched parts for harness and
instrument panel, and masks for wheels and canopies; 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;
this special edition includes a large scale resin bust and signed poster.
||A great kit to build, with extras that will be of interest to collectors and figure painters.
Reviewed by Andrew Judson
Special Hobby's 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-6 is available online from Squadron.com
Back in October 2006, Eduard released the best Würger
model in any scale with their 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8. Since
then they have added the Fw 190 A-5 and A-8/R2 to their range.
In 2007, Eduard released their Fw 190 A-6.
The A-6 differed from the A-5 mainly in the
outboard wing armament, being upgraded to the MG 151 20mm cannon. Eduard
supplied two all-new lower wings for this release, ensuring an
accurate Fw 190 A-6 without the aggravation and extra work of filling
and sanding redundant panel lines or ill-fitting access hatch inserts.
Both wings feature the outboard MG 151s, with one wing adding shell
ejector chutes for the cowl guns.
Special Hobby is now offering this kit in a limited release with some very interesting extras.
Now, aircraft are not nomally my forte although this one is an exception.
In addition to all the lovely Eduard plastic and colour photo-etch, Special Hobby has included a glossy sheet with a colour photo of Hajo and a brief history of the man and his operational record. This is useful for two reasons - one, you get to know what he did during his time in the war and two, the colour photo will come in handy when it comes time to paint...wait for it....a beautiful 1/10 scale bust of Hermann in resin.
If you think that is good, you also get a colour profile of his aircraft and last but not least, a very nice poster of the box art, signed by Hajo Hermann himself. This is what I call a great deal in a box.
I won't go into detail about the kit itself as this was well covered in the 2007 review, though I will say it is a very nice and complete kit with a high level of detail in the cockpit, engine and machine gun bays. When the model is complete there will be plenty to look at!
The bust is a great piece of casting. The likeness to the subject is very good and with careful painting will make an excellent accompaniment to the kit. There are minimal parts - three to be exact - the head, the torso and the peak to his cap. Clean up will be simple, but care will be needed when removing the peak from its holding block.
In summary, this is an excellent package and one worth having for all you Luftwaffe fans.
Keep an eye out for this in the future built and painted. Well done Special hobby.
Thanks to Special Hobby for the sample
Review Text Copyright © 2009 by Andrew Judson
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17 April, 2009
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