Focke-Wulf Ta 183
1/48 scale Ta 183 may be pre-ordered
Squadron.com for USD$33.96
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|Contents and Media:
||51 parts in dark gray styrene; one
piece in clear injection moulded styrene
||Alternate tailcones with perfect
fit; full set of well-done X 4 missiles; main gear molded as one piece per
leg (incorporating strut); excellent cockpit detail; perfect fuselage to
||Strange-looking wheel hubs
Reviewed by Lynn
When at the IPMS Nationals last month, I was
approached by a veritable bear of a man, who recognized my name on my tag.
"Oh great", I thought, "I haven't had a good
butt-kicking in a while. Maybe I can talk my way out of it..." Fortunately, Alan
Griffiths brought far more pleasant tidings! He reached into the ubiquitous
plastic bag he was toting, and pulled out a kit which made my jaw drop in
amazement...a perfectly molded 1/48 Focke Wulf Ta183.
Looking the kit over quickly, I asked Alan
where he got this beauty. "I made it", was his reply.
Alan, you see, is the man behind a brand new
model company called AMTech, and this company has aimed a plastic arrow right at
the heart of the modeling industry. Everything about this Ta183 kit shouts
"quality", and in fact could easily be mistaken for a Tamiya offering.
The crispness of the molding, the intelligent
parts breakdown, the consistency of the panel lines, the impeccable fit of the
parts, the thin and crisply molded canopy...in short, this is virtually a
perfect kit, from an assembly standpoint.
You get 51 dark grey plastic parts, and one
clear part; the canopy and windscreen are molded integrally, but do have an
engraved line to facilitate cutting apart should you so desire.
Some of the highpoints of the kit, to my eyes,
are the following:
Perfect (and I mean that, absolutely
perfect) fuselage and wing alignments; the mating surfaces are perfectly
matched, and will require no filler, just a swipe with a fine sanding
stick to make disappear.
thumbnails below to view larger images and notes:
I did note the nosecap looks like it will
require a bit of care when affixing to the fuselage; no alignment pins are
provided, which is not a bad thing, but you'll want to be careful anyhow.
The only thing I'm not excited about on
this kit is the main wheel pattern; the tires look great, but the wheel hubs
look strange, for some reason. I believe I'll be replacing mine with a set of
main wheels from a Messerschmitt Me 262.
Aside from that one admittedly small nitpick,
this is a phenomenal kit. There is simply no other way to describe it. The price
point for this kit is expected to be around $40.00 US according to Alan, and I
would say this kit is worth every bit of it. I've not completed construction of
the kit yet, for the sole reason that I've been toting it to both our local IPMS
club meetings for the past few weeks, where it received a universally
enthusiastic welcome. I've launched into it with a vengeance, though, and I do
believe it will take longer to paint than to build!
To sum up, make yourself familiar with this
name - AMTech. Whether you like Luft 46 designs or just enjoy building
quality kits, this one is a must-have.
Thanks to Alan of AMtech for the Review
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