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Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8 Late Model Cockpit Set

J. Rutman Productions



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Catalogue Number: Not quoted
Scale: 1/24
Contents and Media: cream-coloured resin
Price: $25.00 USD plus postage
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Accurate; major improvement over kit parts; good detail; excellent casting
Disadvantages: No harness straps or instrument faces.
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Tony Oliver




The recent output of resin detail items from Jerry Rutman has been nothing short of phenomenal, even more so when you consider Jerry has just released his first full resin kit in 1/32 scale (his Focke-Wulf190A-8) and that he is literally a one man operation. If you've experienced the quality and value of Rutman Productions then you'll need no reassurance that this latest detail set from the heart of Pennsylvania is up to Jerry's usual standards. 

This cockpit set is designed to fit the Airfix 1/24 scale Fw 190A Würger.

Lets face it, this kit was cutting edge in 1980 but now seems barely adequate for a kit of its size. This is a shame as the possibilities to make a great model from this kit are there, it just lacks a few important details.

Jerry Rutman has produced a replacement cockpit set to address the first of the kit's shortcomings.

Comprising eighteen resin parts and a set of etched rudder pedals and harness buckles, the set includes nearly everything to replace the kit's basic cockpit. I say nearly everything because there are no instrument faces included or pilot's harness, but there are aftermarket items available or you can even make your own. 

The tub has detail moulded to the consoles and incorporates the rudder pedal pushrods cast into the cockpit tub. More importantly it conforms to the correct shape of the original tub, tapering to the rear.



The aft bulkhead is a separate piece and again faithfully recreates the late model Fw 190 cockpit by being open to the radio compartment behind the armoured pilot's seat. (This detail, along with the tapering planform is often overlooked by other manufacturers). A new rear decking is included with cutouts for the canopy sliders. 

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To complete this vital area of the Würger, the instrument panel also follows the original design with the upper flight instruments being separate from the ammunition counter panel / gunsight mounting. 





The photographs really speak for themselves (even if my close up photography make some of the items about three times lifesize). 

Although Jerry's sets are not designed for novice modellers and some experience of working with resin is advised, they do score over the 'all inclusive' sets in that a degree of creativity and modelling skill is still possible. 

To Wurger fantics everywhere, you must not miss this one. To the rest of the modelling world, if you've ever contemplated going large (as a certain fast food outlet urges you to do) then the time is now!



The full range of J. Rutman's kits and accessories may be viewed and ordered from his new website at http://jrutman.playnet.com/

Review and Images Copyright © 2002 by Tony Oliver
Page Created 17 January, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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