Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5/6
Reviewed by Lynn Ritger
Cutting Edge continues to go from strength to strength with their resin cockpit sets.
In this example, the 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5/6 replacement cockpit set, Cutting Edge has achieved remarkable fidelity of detail. The undercuts on the map holder, seat rails, and wiring loom in the cockpit tub simply must be seen to be believed.
To allay the fears of those modelers for whom accuracy is paramount,
Cutting Edge have noted that this set is configured as per "tech orders";
that is to say, this is outfitted as a standard A-5/6 cockpit would be,
and they acknowledge there may be slight differences between the fit found
on their set versus photos of other operational aircraft. While this may
seem an obvious point, it should be appreciated by all modelers that
Cutting Edge cares enough about the accuracy of their products to take
note of such exceptions on the instruction sheet.
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A recent trend with Cutting Edge's cockpit sets (their German ones,
anyway) is to include two styles of instrument panels; one for use with
the included instrument film and built up in a "sandwich" fashion, and one
with instrument faces molded in, ready to paint. I prefer the latter
approach myself, but again the inclusion of BOTH styles adds a great deal
of value to the set, and allows one to use the spare panels in another
kit. This set takes that approach to another level, as it includes both
standard and nightfighter panels. The latter panel features an FuG217
Neptun scope in place of the SZKK4 ammo counter at the top left of the
instrument panel. This makes the set ideal for those with DML kit 5514,
the Fw190A-8/R11 Nachtjäger (the panel layout is almost identical).
My thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample.
Cutting Edge Modelworks products are available fromMeteor Productions Website
Text and Images Copyright © 2002 by Lynn