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||$22USD, plus shipping at $4 for U.S.
addresses or $6 to overseas addresses
|Contents and Media:
||13 parts in cream coloured resin, 1
part in grey resin
||Compelling subject with lots of
after-market decal options; full replacement fuselage supplied; truly
accurate conversion including cowl bulges; relatively simple; perfect
casting quality; addresses most weak areas of Tamiya kit.
||Some tricky cutting and fitting
required for the lower wing gun panels
||Highly Recommended for the Würger
Back in 1998 we saw the first example of Robert
Stephenson's resin castings. It was a Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-13 conversion,
and the only real shortcoming was the lack of the subtle but distinctive
cowl bulges on the fuselage of these late Doras.
Three years later, the label has changed but Robert has not
otherwise strayed far from the path. Robert's company, "The Würger
Mechanic", specialises in accessories and conversions for the
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 in 1/48 scale.
The Würger Mechanic's Fw 190D-11 conversion comprises 14
parts perfectly cast in resin. 13 of the parts are in a pale yellow, and one
part is in a medium grey. The conversion is destined for Tamiya's Fw 190D-9
This new conversion addresses the key issue left unattended
in the earlier products. The main parts are full replacement fuselage halves
that incorporate the cowl bulge on each side. The casting of these parts is
stunning. I was especially impressed with the wafer-thinness of the rudder's
trailing edge. The top cowl part is impressively accurate too. In addition
to the lack of cowl guns, the bottom rear lip is flared out to fair over the
fuselage bulge. Supplying the fuselage as a total replacement will make
building this conversion very simple.
The majority of the remaining components are a straight
replacement for Tamiya's plastic parts too. There is a new compressor
intake, one-piece spinner, three VS9 propeller blades, late-style main
wheels, 30mm gun access hatch and shell ejector chute for the lower wing,
and top wing breech covers.
Instructions are supplied on a single sheet of letter-sized
paper using a combination of diagrams and text.
Construction will be very straightforward but care should be
taken in two areas.
will be required when removing the resin waste on the inside of the
Firstly, the casting "lines" on the inside of the
tail surfaces will need to be totally removed to permit perfect alignment of
the fuselage halves. This will be slightly tricky as they run all the way to
the razor-thin edge of the rudder halves. I used a small pair of side
cutters to remove the bulk of the waste, and cleaned the remainder up with a
new hobby blade.
The only other tricky area will be the replacement of the
lower wing gun breech covers and ejector chutes. I was pleased to see that
the parts do not follow panel lines. That will make filling and sanding
easier, with a minimum of rescribing. I'd recommend that the outline of each
breech cover replacement is drawn on the Tamiya lower wing, then a slightly
smaller hole is cut out. Test fit and remove more material as required.
This is the most comprehensive and accurate conversion for a
late Dora that I have seen to date. It will certainly render a more accurate
D-11 than the unmodified Revell/Dragon kit. Furthermore, the conversion
parts correct most of the inaccuracies of the Tamiya Dora kit including the
poor upper cowl, props and small main wheels.
Highly Recommended for any Würger connoisseur
wanting to build an accurate Fw 190D-11.
Thanks to Robert
Stephenson of Würger Mechanic for the
This conversion is available
direct from The Würger Mechanic. Payment can be made by personal check,
money order, cashiers check in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank made out to;
The Würger Mechanic
403 Overlook Dr.
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