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MiniArt: FW C.30A
CMOT
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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2019 - 09:18 PM UTC


Darren Baker takes a look at the Focke-Wulf FW C.30A Early Production from MiniArt in 1/35th scale. I have placed this one on Armorama due to the scale and that it is identical to the RAF version produced previously and published on Aeroscale.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
barkingdigger
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 01:31 AM UTC
Excellent! I can see it now on a base, in front of a hangar door, surrounded by jeeps, Shermans, and US figs in a "May 45" captured airfield diorama.

But it's a brave announcement - let the usual anti-aircraft sniping begin...
rdlocke
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 06:44 AM UTC
It is rather pointless having the same person write an identical review to that provided for the Avro Rota. This version manufactured in Germany was fitted with a different engine, the Siemens Sh 14A 7-cylinder radial, not the Armstrong Siddeley Genet 1A, so this MiniArt model would appear to be incorrect. Also, having closely inspected the doped fuselage of the Avro Rota at Duxford I would suggest that a textured finish would be unrealistic. Cierva apparently copyrighted their name "Autogiro" instead of the correct term "autogyro" for this type of aircraft.
I agree that the rotor head is somewhat simplified and is very fragile. Better to replace the rotor arm attachments with brass or carbon fibre rod.
And please improve your photographs, they are are too small to see any detail, can you not zoom in on the detail?
Taeuss
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 03:07 PM UTC
Darren, enjoyed the review and have no problem with it appearing here as the scale makes sense of it. Now we just need a svelte German aviatrix figure to pilot it!
varanusk
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 10:50 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Better to replace the rotor arm attachments with brass or carbon fibre rod.



Never heard of using carbon fibre rod on modelling, how is it used? and its advantages?

Thanks in advanced!
southpier
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Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 04:34 AM UTC
not sure on the specifics, but my first general search shows there must be a ton of applications: https://www.horizonhobby.com/SearchDisplay?searchTerm=carbon+fiber+rod&categoryId=&sourceDomain=&storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&pageSize=40&beginIndex=0&sType=SimpleSearch&resultCatEntryType=2&searchTermScope=2&showResultsPage=true&searchSource=Q&sourceDomain=&pageView=
andymacrae
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Posted: Monday, October 21, 2019 - 07:43 PM UTC

Quoted Text

It is rather pointless having the same person write an identical review to that provided for the Avro Rota. This version manufactured in Germany was fitted with a different engine, the Siemens Sh 14A 7-cylinder radial, not the Armstrong Siddeley Genet 1A, so this MiniArt model would appear to be incorrect. Also, having closely inspected the doped fuselage of the Avro Rota at Duxford I would suggest that a textured finish would be unrealistic. Cierva apparently copyrighted their name "Autogiro" instead of the correct term "autogyro" for this type of aircraft.
I agree that the rotor head is somewhat simplified and is very fragile. Better to replace the rotor arm attachments with brass or carbon fibre rod.
And please improve your photographs, they are are too small to see any detail, can you not zoom in on the detail?


I agree about the simplified rotorhead and the fact that any texture would be unrealistic (properly doped fabric has no texture). However the markings included are correct for the version in the kit, the first two Rotas being supplied to Germany came direct form the Avro factory, D-EKOM (formerly G-ACWK) and D-EKOP (formerly G-ACWL) and had the Genet engines. Later FW licensed built versions had the Siemens engine.

HTH
Andy

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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 10:41 PM UTC
The MiniArt description is "Focke-Wulf FW C.30A Early Production", implying manufacture in Germany and not purchased from Great Britain.
andymacrae
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Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 11:59 AM UTC
Yup, a more accurate title would be “Fw.30A Heuschrecke, British Production”
andymacrae
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Posted: Monday, October 28, 2019 - 12:54 AM UTC
Note also the kit is missing the D-EKOP registration for across the top of the rear tailplanes, I'm not sure if it should be on lower ones also?