Reviewed by Brett Green
ProModeler/Revell's 1/48 scale Ta 154 comes with VS 11 propeller blades. This was a distinctive shaped blade with a shoulder near the propeller hub and the approximate shape of a breadknife blade.
The VS 11 blades were fitted to the V1 through V7 and V9 prototypes, plus the first eight Ta 154A-0 aircraft. By early 1944, the VS 11 propeller blades were replaced by VS 9 (associated with the Jumo 211N engine). VS 9 propeller blades were retrofitted to the surviving earlier Ta 154s by mid 1944.
The VS 9 propeller blades were a broad, "paddle" style. The originals were of wooden construction.
Cutting Edges VS 9 propeller blades are cast in their hard, dark grey resin. The resin of my sample was free of any imperfections, but the shiny resin surface may benefit from light sanding with 1000 grit paper followed by a final polish. Separation and cleanup will be a breeze.
Each of the six individual blades is cast onto its own cylindrical block at the base of the shaft. A swipe with a razor saw will make short work of this.
The blades are a drop-fit replacement for the kit parts. Locating lugs will ensure the correct pitch is achieved.
This is an essential accessory set for anyone building a Ta 154 depicted after early/mid 1944.
Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample
Cutting Edge Modelworks Resin Conversion Kits are available at Meteor Productions Website
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