Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8
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USD$85.00 without decals
|Contents and Media:
in cream coloured resin; 3 parts in white metal; 2 steel
tubes; 1 perspex
piece; 14 photoetched parts; decals for one marking option.
||Easily the best Fw 190 in this
scale; impressively cast; hollow casting; ample detail; robust engineering
||Sketchy instructions (actually
labelled Construction Tips); some modelling skills required.
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1/32 scale model aircraft are back in the spotlight with exciting
new releases from Trumpeter, Hasegawa, Revell
Rutman Productions never took its eye off the
large-scale ball, maintaining a candlelight vigil at the bedside of a
score of old 1/32 scale kits. Rutman's conversions, details and
accessories have breathed new life into such "classics" as the
Revell 1/32 scale Stuka, Fw 190D-9, P-47, Bf 109 and more. A few
original 1/32 scale kits have also been released with the main parts in
vacform plastic and details in resin.
This latest release takes Rutman Productions to an impressive plateau.
The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 is one of the most
significant aircraft of WWII. Its debut sent shockwaves through the RAF
with its instant dominance over the Spitfire V. The Wűrger
(Butcher Bird) was tough and versatile, acting in the roles of
dogfighter, bomber destroyer, fighter bomber and more. It remained a
workhorse right up to the end of the war, operating in all Luftwaffe
Jerry Rutman's 1/32 Fw 190A-8 represents the most
numerous of all the Wurgers.
The kit comprises 76 resin parts, 3 parts in white
metal, 2 steel tubes, 1 perspex piece and 14 photoetched parts. All the
major parts are resin.
The resin parts are cast in a high quality,
lightweight material. The texture is slightly waxy, but this will change
after the recommended wash in warm water. The large parts (fuselage and
wing halves) are impressively thin and free of warpage. Surface detail
is very good. Panel lines are crisply and evenly engraved. Fabric rib
detail on the wings is equally well done.
The fuselage is cast in two main parts. This
breakdown should simplify construction - no six-piece jigsaw-puzzle
engine cowls here! The armoured front cowl ring is supplied separately.
Slots need to be opened for the exhaust stubs. The fuselage has upper
fuselage structural detail cast onto the inside surfaces. Clever stuff!
The wheel well is designed to be trapped between the fuselage halves and
protrude out from either side.
The wings are supplied as left and right, upper and
lower halves. A raised spacing bar is cast onto the inside surface of
the wing forward of the ailerons. This will assist the task of
maintaining the correct wing thickness before the ailerons have been
added. The trailing edges of the wings will need thinning before
assembly. Don't forget to continually test fit the wing with the wheel
well before the wing is committed to glue.
When completed, each wing should slide onto the
protruding sections of the wheel well, which will act as a wing spar.
With careful preparation this should lead to trouble-free fit and
positive dihedral. Control surfaces are supplied separately except for
flaps. Even these may be dropped with minimal extra work as structural
detail is cast
onto the inside trailing edge of the upper wing. The wings and tail
feature recessed joining surfaces to make assembling and positioning
ailerons, elevators and the rudder. The horizontal tail surfaces simply
butt up against the empennage, so reinforcement with brass or steel rod
will be required.
The wings lack outer armament. The model was based
on a profile of Hptm. Robert Weiss' "Black 10". This aircraft was the
"light armament" version, not equipped with outer-wing cannon. However,
Weiss' Wűrger should have the
upper wing bulges. These were standardised on all A-8s and F-8s, even if
no armament was carried in the outer position. My sample did not include
these covers, but Jerry Rutman advises that all new sales will include
the parts. You could get 20mm or 30mm cannon
panels and ejector chutes as well if you wanted to depict a more heavily
This wing arrangement also makes it relatively easy
to convert the model to an F-8 with the addition of a set of ETC 71 wing
bomb racks. Fortunately, all these accessories and more are available
from Rutman Productions.
The cockpit is nicely detailed without being
over-engineered. The cockpit tub is a chunky resin casting that
incorporates the front of the rear decking and the pilot's stowage bin.
Sidewall detail is cast on to the main tub. The seat is nice too. A
textured cushion rests on the seat, and the lumbar roll is also
depicted. Buckles, harness attachment points and rudder pedals are
supplied as photo-etched parts. The top instrument panel is cast as part
of the instrument coaming. The lower panel and Jabo panel are
supplied as separate parts.
The engine face and crankcase cover are well
depicted, although they will be mostly hidden by the fan. The propeller
spinner cap, backplate and pitch collars are cast as a single part. The
propeller blades butt against the flat surface of the pitch collars.
This join should be reinforced with wire.
The undercarriage will be solid thanks to the white
metal gear legs. The main wheel well is very nicely detailed, but the
modeller is left to their own devices to build a bulkhead on which to
secure the tailwheel strut.
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Undercarriage and Wheel Well parts
Engine and control surfaces. The small tabs are aileron hinges.
A centreline rack is provided. A 300 litre drop
tank is available separately from Rutman Productions. The Morane mast and FuG 25 IFF antenna will have to be sourced by the
Instructions are supplied on five sheets of letter
sized paper. These sheets are actually labelled "Construction Tips", and
this is a good description of the nine exploded-view drawings and
associated notes. Some aspects of construction are not specifically
described, but experienced modellers will not find too many challenges
identifying parts and figuring out the best method for assembly.
Markings are supplied for Hptm. Robert Weiss'
"Black 10", of JG 54. The decals are produced by Mike Grant Decals.
Registration is perfect and colours look quite accurate. The carrier
film covers the entire sheet, so each decal will need to be individually
Notwithstanding the high quality and
straightforward engineering of this kit, it is not a "shake and bake"
proposition. Some modelling skills will be required to prepare the parts
for assembly by cleaning, trimming and sanding. If care is taken with
this preliminary stage (with particular attention to the wheel well fit
inside the wing, and ensuring that the fuselage is the correct width
when assembled), the kit should be fairly straightforward to finish.
With this release,
Rutman Productions have delivered the best 1/32 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190
There is little doubt
that, after careful preparation of resin parts, this will be a great
looking kit straight from the box. Surface detail is authentic, parts
breakdown is quite straightforward and the sheer size of the model will
make this Wűrger a
It is also nice to
have the opportunity to customise the model with alternate armament and
ordnance available separately from Rutman Productions.
The price tag of USD$95.00
reflects the large amount of resin and the labour-intensive production
If you like the Wűrger,
you will love this kit. Furthermore, with no rumours of a 1/32 scale
Tamiya or Hasegawa new-tool Fw 190 on the horizon, this is the only
option that will be available for some time.
for the review sample.
The full range of J. Rutman's kits and accessories may be viewed and ordered from his new website at http://jrutman.playnet.com/
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Page Created 10 January, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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