Fw 190 V18/U1"Känguruh"
Scale Complete Kit
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||USD$35-38 plus shipping
(availability details at the end of the review)
|Contents and Media:
in cream coloured resin; 1 x photo-etched fret;
2 x parts in white metal; 2 x vacuum formed canopyn
(including one spare); 50mm x 95mm decal sheet.
||Amazing surface detail;
perfectly cast; clever engineering; good fit; simple construction
breakdown; minimal cleanup for a full-resin kit.
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The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 was an excellent low-level
attack aircraft, stable gun platform and dogfighter; but its high
altitude performance was disappointing. One early attempt to create a
special high-altitude version of the Fw 190 was the first "C" series
prototype, the Fw 190 V18/U1.
The standard wings and rear fuselage of an Fw
190A-3 were mated with a new in-line DB 603A engine in a newly designed
cowl driving a four-bladed propeller assembly.. A large supercharger
intake below the fuselage and prominent plumbing around the wing root
gave this variant a very distinctive look. Not surprisingly, some recent
writers have referred to the V-18 as the "Wulfstang"
R.V. Resin offers a range of sets to convert the Trimaster/Dragon/Italeri Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 to the later Dora variants,
plus a full it of the Ta 152C. This time, R.V. takes a step back to the
genesis of the C and D series with a full 1/48 scale kit of the Fw 190
In the box...
R.V. Resin's 1/48 scale Kanguruh is presented in a sturdy little
cardboard box. Kit components are packed separately in segmented plastic bags, ensuring that the delicate parts are delivered intact.
The major assemblies are supplied in pale yellow resin. These include
the fuselage halves, wings, horizontal tailplanes and cockpit parts.
Detail parts are contained on a single photo-etched fret, and the
landing gear legs are cast in flash-free white metal.
Detail on the parts is outstanding. Generally, the best
compliment one can dish out is "the detail of the resin parts is as
good as the Dragon/Tamiya/Hasegawa kit (take your pick) kit".
In this case, the surface detail is actually better than either
the Dragon or Tamiya family of 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf kits. The wings and
fuselage halves have the usual crisply engraved panel lines, but they
also feature the most exquisite and fine recessed rivet detail. You have
to see this to believe it - it really looks fantastic.
The smaller detail is good too. Cockpit tub and instrument panels are
provided in resin, but I confess I was disappointed not to have the
option of the photo-etch and acetate sandwich that came with the earlier
Dora conversions. Photo-etched details include the harness, radiator
face and supercharger intake grille.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
The white-metal gear legs look great, and two very clear canopies are
supplied in case of a mistake at the first attempt. Decals for the sole
V18 prototype are included too.
Parts breakdown is quite conventional - two fuselage halves, separate
cowl ring, full span lower wing and separate upper halves. It is also
typical of limited-run kits with its lack of locating pins. However,
clever engineering means that casting blocks are kept to an absolute
minimum (some major parts do not require any cleanup at all), and fit is positive for most of the important assemblies.
It does not matter how good a limited-run, multi-media kit looks in
the box. What really matters is how it fits together.
I decided to test fit the fuselage and wing assemblies. The fuselage
halves required no preparation - they are ready to use straight from the
box. I taped the halves together before discovering that the resin seems
to resist the adhesive of masking tape! I therefore used a rubber band to
temporarily mate the resin parts.
The most challenging casting block is at the wing root. This is not a
straight line cut, so some planning and care will be required. After
removing the casting block, I undercut the wing root area with a hobby
knife. The full-span lower wing fitted well when presented to the lower
fuselage, and the top wing half just needed some further minor trimming.
By the way, what may appear (in the photograph above) to be a
gap at the wing root is actually just the space between the protective
fairing on the upper wing and the exhaust reticulation plumbing. The fit
of the wing to fuselage is really very good, even without glue or
I was concerned at the amount of work that might be required to
install the separate wheel well, but I need not have worried. The well
halves sat in a recess in the bottom of the wing, and did not interfere
with the fit of the upper wing at all. This was really impressive for a
traditional problem area in limited run kits.
Judging by the initial test-fitting, I predict a fairly
straightforward construction for this model.
R.V. Resin's 1/48 scale Fw 190 V18/U1 is a beautifully produced kit
that looks very different from your average Fw 190A, F, D or G.
Although I will add the usual limited-run disclaimer about being more
appropriate for experienced modellers, you won't need too much
experience with resin to tackle this attractive model!
Thanks to Radek from R.V. Resin for the review sample
In North America, R.V. Resins Products are
available from David Cooper at DMC
Models; or from North American
or elsewhere in the world, direct from R.V. Resin
at their website
Review and Images Copyright © 2003 by Brett
Page Created 07 January, 2003
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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