Hasegawa's 1/32 Scale
Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8
by Jerry Crandall
Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8
Hasegawa's 1/32 scale Fw 190A-8 will be
available for pre-order from Squadron.com
As the Focke-Wulf 190 is my very favorite aircraft of all time,
I never thought I would see an accurate, large scale kit of this aircraft in my
lifetime. When FedEx arrived with the package I opened it to see what I think is
Koike's best box artwork to date. It is absolutely stunning of one of my
favorite aircraft of Hans Dortenmann's "Red 1" of III./JG 54. A word of caution,
Dortenmann's aircraft did not have the upper wing bulges as indicated in the kit
The parts are very similar to the excellent Dora 9 kit and there
are no surprises in that respect.
I was anxious to see how they handled the
radial engine cowling and gun hood. Taking a page from the Trimaster technique,
unfortunately Hasegawa has molded the engine cowling in five separate parts: the
top, bottom, the two supercharger bulges and the armored cowl ring. The problem
with this is, although it fits, it creates seams in areas in which there are no
panel lines. For instance there is a horizontal seam on the forward part of the
cowl as it curves toward the front which should not be there and I had to fill
and sand. Also, where the cowling meets the wing root area there is another seam
line in the extension area between the wing root and the cowl itself, again
requiring filling and sanding. I guess they had to do this due to molding
limitations but it sure is a pain.
New to the radial engine Fw 190 are the spinner and VDM 9-12067
A metal propeller blades, the most common of the Focke-Wulf 190 props.
Unfortunately the spinner is not quite shaped correctly and the propeller blades
are slightly too narrow at the tip. The gun cowl could also use a little help.
Inherited from the Dora 9 kit is the 90 degree flap position which of course, is
incorrect as all Focke-Wulfs had a maximum of 60 degree flap angle. Also carried
over from the Dora 9 kit is the upper wing with the small strip that is notched
into the wing root that causes unnecessary problems in mating the wing to the
The kit-supplied drop tank is actually useless because it is
inaccurately shaped and has too many panel lines. I used it in my quick-build
simply because I wanted to build out of the box. The kit also supplies a smaller
tired tail wheel that is molded to the yoke as in the D-9 kit, but is lacking
tread on the tire. The main wheel tires are also lacking tread, the kit simply
supplied the late D-9 smooth tire.
The kit-supplied 20 mm cannons for both the inboard and outboard
position especially, are poorly rendered and it completely lacks the fairing on
the leading edge of the wing for the cannon barrel.
Since our many forthcoming decal sheets on Fw 190 A-8s are not
in stock as yet, I used EC#35 with the colorful
markings of JGr 10, Schlangenschwarm, featuring a snake along the whole length
of each fuselage side. This unit
was the combat schwarm of JGr 10, which was a small unit that experimented with
various weapons systems and tactics to combat daylight bombers. This particular
aircraft is not equipped with the outboard 20 mm cannon. Other aircraft in this schwarm such as "Red 8", was equipped with 21 cm rockets.
A word of caution - if
these colorful markings are chosen, the long wavy snake decal is very fragile
and must be handled very carefully so as to not damage the decal.
Under close scrutiny, there are indications future releases will
include the A-6 and possibly earlier sub types of the radial engine Fw 190. For
instance, the leading edge of the wings have a place to be notched for the
inboard pitot tube. There are additional cowling latches that have to be filled
for the A-8 but are required for A-6 and earlier versions. The problem with this
method is that the gun troughs are correct for the A-8 but the gun troughs for
the A-6 and earlier aircraft, equipped with MG 17 machine guns, are longer and
closer together than the kit supplied gun troughs accurate for an A-8.
After all this criticism, the good news is, with not too much
work this kit finishes up to an accurate, impressive, fairly easy-to-build,
Focke-Wulf 190 A-8.
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