Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8/R2
Eduard, 1/72 scale
Reviewed by Brett Green
Eduard’s 1/72 Fw 190A-8/R-2 ProfiPACK is available online from Squadron.com
Eduard has extended its excellent 1/72 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190 family with a ProfiPACK version of the Fw 190 A-8/R2 "Sturmbock".
I believe that this is the first time we have seen a 1/72 scale standalone kit in the detailed ProfiPACK series. The Sturmbock has previously only been available as a Weekend Edition, released in 2016, or as one of the options in the late-2015 Royal Class four-kit boxing.
Eduard’s 1:72 scale Fw 190 A-8/R-2 comprises 118 mid-grey coloured plastic parts on two sprues, eight clear parts on one sprue, 27 photo-etched parts on one fret, decals for five schemes and a separate stencil decal sheet, canopy masks on one sheet plus a 16 page instruction booklet with history, parts plan, 8 pages of instructional diagrams and 5 pages of paint and decal instructions plus a one page stencil guide.
The fuselage of the Fw 190 A-8/R2 features additional armour protection for the pilot. Eduard has moulded new fuselage halves with the side armour plates in place. These are subtly done - very nice.
The model features exceptionally fine and crisp surface textures including recessed panel lines, a high level of detail in the cockpit and wheel wells, and straightforward parts breakdown.
The colour photo-etched fret offers parts for the cockpit including a realistic instrument pane, side consoles and seat harness straps.
Both flat and blown hoods are supplied, and each offers the option of either open (slid back) or closed (slid forward). The canopies are "pinched" to follow the line of the fuselage for the open option.
If you are wondering whether this kit shares some of the trickier construction attributes of Eduard’s 1:48 scale Würgers, the simple answer is “no”. You’ll still need to keep your wits about you, but test fitting and careful parts preparation should steer you clear of trouble.
Colours & Markings
Five varied decal options are provided.
Extensive stencils are supplied on a second decal sheet.
Registration and colours look perfect on my sample.
All the kits in Eduard’s 1/72 scale Fw 190 family really shine, and this A-8/R2 Sturmbock version is no exception.
Recessed panel lines are fine, and the selective rows of subtle rivets are really well done too. The overall level of detail is excellent straight from the box with the multi-layered wheel wells and the photo-etched enhancements to the cockpit.
It's an enjoyable build too - what more could you ask for?
Thanks to Eduard for the sample
Review Text Copyright © 20167 by Brett Green
Page Created 27 June, 2017
27 June, 2017
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