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|Contents and Media:
in cream coloured resin; 1 x photo-etched fret; 1 set of acetate
instruments; 1 x vacuum formed canopy; 50mm x 95mm decal sheet.
||Simple replacement parts;
beautiful quality casting; excellent PE parts from Extratech; adds extra
detail to donor kit; minimal cleanup to resin parts.
||Somewhat obscure variant; no
background/history/specifications supplied; no antenna wire mounting post
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R.V. Resin offer a range of sets to convert the
Trimaster/Dragon/Italeri Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 to the later Dora variants. All of these sets are quite comprehensive yet
simple with minimal surgery required to the donor kit.
R.V. Resin's Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 conversion is
typical of this range. The conversion is packed in a slightly flimsy
box. However, parts are protected from damage by packing in separate
compartments of a plastic bag which has then been taped to the bottom of
the box. This elaborate packing protected my set during its trip from
Chicago to Sydney this July.
Eight parts are supplied in cream coloured resin.
The highlight of the set is the full replacement fuselage. This is
supplied in two halves, and features gorgeous recessed surface detail
and perfect casting. The main distinguishing factor between the D-14 and
earlier variants is the crescent-shaped bulge on the port side engine
cowl. This accommodated the engine bearer that had to clear the new
larger supercharger. The shape is similar to the Ta 152C and the Fw
190D-15, but the supercharger intake is smaller. Curiously, however, the
small triangular mast for the antenna wire is missing from the top of
The remaining resin parts cover the cowl ring and
flaps, annular radiator, propeller blades and supercharger intake. These
additional parts are also top rate. The propeller blades are
impressively straight and thin. The only imperfection on my resin
parts was an air bubble that had broken through the bottom lip of the
A small photoetched fret provides some additional
details. These are not strictly required for the conversion, but they
will be appreciated by modellers with the later releases of the Fw
190D-9 kit that omitted the photoetched parts included in the initial
Trimaster and Dragon kits. The photoetched parts include a three-piece
instrument panel with printed acetate instruments, a full harness, trim
wheel, rudder pedals, rear cockpit deck and even a replacement
instrument coaming! The photoetched fret is produced by Extratech.
Extratech also supply the small generic decal
sheet. Four black balkenkreuze, two white balkenkreuze and
two plain black hakenkreuze are included.
Instructions are basic. There are a number of
exploded view drawings of the cockpit area but absolutely no mention of any
of the resin parts! There is, however, a 2.5 view illustration (port
side, top plan and half of the underside) of the camouflage and
markings. Considering this aircraft never reached production status,
this illustration should be considered to be no more than a single
Test-fitting the fuselage halves suggests that
construction should not present any major problems.
R.V. Resin's Fw 190D-14 conversion is a beautifully produced set that
will deliver a very different look to your Trimaster / Dragon / Italeri
1/48 scale Dora.
Thanks to Eagle Editions for the review sample
R.V. Resins Products are
available online from Eagle Editions
Review and Images Copyright © 2001 by Brett
Page Created 05 November, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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