Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-11
Reviewed by Brett Green
Most of Trimaster's original moulds have done the rounds in the last decade. DML, Italeri, Shanghai Dragon and ProModeler have all offered reboxings of various Trimaster originals.
It is therefore pleasing that, with some minor modifications to the kit moulds, we see the Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-11 for the first time as a mainstream model.
ProModeler's 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-11 is based on Trimaster's original Fw 190D-12 Torpedoflugzeug. Comparison of the two kits' sprues shows that the parts layout is similar except for the substitution of plastic parts for metal, and modifications that are unique to the D-11 variant.
The D-12 kit included the broad tail - a rare option even on this esoteric variant. The new D-11 kit has been modified to include the standard tail. Unfortunately, there is a small but noticeable step where the new tail has been grafted on to the old mould. This will require a little filler and careful sanding.
The D-11 and D-12 variants share the broad-bladed VS 10 propeller blades, large supercharger intake on the starboard side and flat cowling top. These are well represented in the kit.
The other major difference between the D-12 and D-11 is the omission of the coaxial 30mm MK 108 cannon, and addition of wing-mounted 30mm cannon. The wings have therefore been equipped with upper breech covers and shell ejection chutes on the lower wing. There is an obvious raised plug where the ejection chutes have been inserted in the lower wing. Filler and sanding will also take care of this blemish.
Otherwise, the surface detail is surprisingly good considering the age of the original moulds. Panel lines on my sample are crisp and consistent. The plastic is smooth although a little flash is present on smaller parts. Fabric detail on control surfaces looks great.
Kit options include open or closed cowl flaps, drop tank or bomb on the short ETC504 rack and a pilot figure. Only the flat canopy is supplied in this kit.
The only feature of the D-11 variant missing in the kit is the subtle bulge on each side of the cowling to accommodate the wider engine mount for the Jumo 213F powerplant. In reality, this bulge is difficult to see on photographs of the full-sized aircraft. However, this feature can be fairly easily added using your favourite two-part epoxy putty.
Instructions are in the form of a stapled 16 page booklet. Assembly is called out in 9 steps.
Previous experience with the Dragon Fw 190D-9 suggests that this kit will be trickier to assemble than a Tamiya kit. However, the modeller will be rewarded with an accurate nose shape, correct size wheels and appropriate length main gear legs straight from the box.
The inclusion of good looking VS 10 prop blades, Ta 152 intake, flat cowl and 30mm outboard wing cannon will deliver a Fw 190D-11 without modification. Armed with a little patience and your favourite filler, ProModeler's kit should produce a great looking late Dora.
If total accuracy is a priority, the addition of side cowl bulges should be within the skills of most moderately experienced modellers.
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
ProModeler's 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-11 is available online from Squadron.com
Review Copyright © 2001 by Brett