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Fw190 A-5 etch
Fw190 A-5 Etch set
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by: Adie Roberts [ IN_WAR_AND_PEACE ]

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The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 WŁrger (English:Shrike) is a German single-seat, single-engine Fighter aircraft designed by Kurt Tank in the late 1930s and widely used during World War 2 . Along with its well-known counterpart, the, The Messerschmitt Bf 109, the Fw 190 became the backbone of the Luftwaffe's Jagdwaffe (Fighter Force). The twin-row BMW 801 Radial engine that powered most operational versions enabled the Fw 190 to lift larger loads than the Bf 109, allowing its use as a day fighter, Fighter bomber, ground-attack and, to a lesser degree, night fighter
Fw 190 A-5
The A-5 was developed after it was determined that the Fw 190 could easily carry more ordnance. The D-2 engine was moved forward another 15 cm (6 in) as had been tried out earlier on the service test A-3/U1 aircraft, moving the centre of gravity forward to allow more weight to be carried aft.

In the bag
This is typical packaging from Eduard when they pack there etch fret, and have a piece of cardboard to protect the fret and instructions from any damage.

Instructions are clear and very easy to follow.

So what do we have on the fret, starting in the cockpit you have an armoured plate that sits to the back of the seat horizontal to help protect the radio and other equipment that is based behind the seat of the pilot. This has very nice detail to it and will be seen through the cockpit glass. There is some seat guide rails adding to the detail. The side panel with wheel for opening the cockpit glass is good and also a nice touch.

I really liked the exhaust grills which would need some care in cutting out and bending the etch, but would look so much better then the kits part.

There were also some wing strut panels that sit in the wing to the right of the wheel bay with more detail in the in the front of the undercarriage bay.

The under carriage came next, with the main part for the leg covers and also some brake pipes. Some more detail for the undercarriage.

The rest of the fret holds some really nice etch for the actual glass frame work, a strap for the drop tank and finally a fan blade for the engine. All in all some nice touches to enhance an already great new tooled model

This is a great Eduard set as you would expect from them with some great detail, do you really need it, it is really a million dollar question there is no doubt, and I do mean no doubt that it would enhance an already great kit.

But it is a great kit on its own, and it really does come down to what you want from the Eduard build. It is certainly very nice and I would go with it to enhance the kit further but ......., it is not down to me, so I will let you decide.

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Highs: The detail is so good, the instructions are so easy to follow, and the fitting does not look to hard to do.
Lows: Well not really to much here to give you other than the two cut outs that may seem a bit hard to some one new to building and using etch.
Verdict: For me I think that the extra detail it gives you in the build would be hard for me to ignore. Another great etch set from Eduard.
  Scale: 1:72
  Mfg. ID: 72620
  Suggested Retail: £8.99
  Related Link: Fw190 A-5 Etch set
  PUBLISHED: Mar 06, 2016

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About Adie Roberts (In_War_and_Peace)

I am disabled after a terrorist bomb I have in the past made models for TV and film and work with local museums making new models for display. I also take on commission builds for people

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