Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 Engine
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(Replacement wing and engine
together are USD$70. Engine compartment without wheel wells USD$30. Engine
available separately for USD$15.)
|Contents and Media:
||around 50 pieces
in cream coloured resin
||Amazing scope - radiator to
firewall, cowl guns and wheel well; will make a big contribution to
the Hasegawa kit; high quality casting; minimal modifications to the
||Sketchy instructions; some minor
pinholes; will be expensive when used in conjunction with the J. Rutman
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Squadron.com
has an obvious affection for the Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9.
His range of
1/32 scale accessories already include a swag of detail, improvement and
conversion parts for both the Hasegawa and Revell Dora kits. The recent
replacement wing for the Hasegawa Fw 190D-9 (reviewed
elsewhere on HyperScale) addresses the most serious shortcoming of
this hybrid kit. Rutman's most recent release catapults the kit to a new
dimension of detail.
The title of J. Rutman's "Fw 190D-9 Engine Compartment" set does not do full
justice to the contents. This set includes almost every detail required
to complete the engine compartment, cowls, firewall, cowl guns and even
the wheel well.
Around 50 parts are
supplied in pale yellow resin. The casting quality is excellent. A few
of the parts including the engine cowlings have tiny pinholes on
structural detail of the inner surfaces, but these will be simply dealt
with during cleanup. Once the kit cowl has been cut away, only the kit
cowl flaps will be required - the resin parts are total replacements for
the kit nose and main undercarriage bay.
The basic engine block
is supplied in a single resin casting. Separate parts are supplied for
the supercharger, coolant tank, radiator, cowl ring, exhausts and so on.
These combine to deliver a very authentic replica of a Jumo 213 A. The
only additional details required will be spark plug leads and some
plumbing for the supercharger and the back of the engine.
Main Engine Parts
The cowl covers and bulkhead parts are equally
impressive. All cowl parts feature accurate interior structural detail.
This will save the modeller a great deal of time and effort.
Cowl and Bulkhead Parts
The wheel well parts include a replacement lower
wing centre insert that accurately depicts the shell ejector arrangement
for the Dora 9. The main wheel well part is open in the centre section
to permit a good view of the rear of the engine from under the model.
Wheel Well Parts
The instructions are summarized on two sheets of
letter-sized paper using line drawings. Part numbers are quoted but the
parts themselves are not labelled. Although the instructions include
four-view placement guides for the engine block, some aspects of
construction are still not entirely clear. A good reference will be
essential for a totally authentic result (photos of a Jumo 213 A engine
fitted to the U.S. Air Force Museum's Dora may be seen by
following this link to the Reference Feature here on HyperScale).
I have already test fitted the cowl ring with the
radiator and several of the engine parts. The fit has been faultless so
compartment set will be best used in conjunction with the
Rutman resin replacement wing in
order to ensure consistently high quality for the entire model.
Although the cost of
the kit, the engine compartment and the replacement wing will cost in
excess of USD$100, there is little doubt that a skilled modeller will be
able to produce a large and remarkably detailed Dora from this
compartment set is engineered reasonably simply without compromising
detail, but its size and relative complexity makes it most
appropriate for modellers who are confident working with resin.
release really lifts Hasegawa's 1/32 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 to a new
dimension of detail.
Recommended to anyone experienced modellers willing to make a
serious commitment to their Hasegawa 1/32 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 kit.
for the review samples.
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 © 2001 by Brett
Page Created 06 November, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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