Eduard have very kindly sent us their new-tool Fw 190A-4 for review. Rather than do my usual In-Box followed by a build, I'm going to turn things on their head for a change and dive straight in with a Blog - so, you'll see it here in the Forum first.
Anyway... first impressions? Straight out of the box, the first thing you notice is the superb surface finish with finely engraved panel lines and really
delicate embossed rivets. It's going to look fantastic under a coat of paint.
I'm starting things off with a test-fit because, inevitably, the new kit is going to be compared with Eduard's previous 1:48 Wurger kits. A lot of people were put off Eduard's first attempt at the Fw 190 by the scare stories that dogged it. I always felt they were a bit overdone, but it arguably tried to pack in too much detail for its own good and ended up being over-complicated. Whatever, it certainly wasn't a "shake 'n bake" kit.
Learning from that, Eduard have taken a completely different path this time and aimed to make the standard kit straightforward to build for the average modeller. For superdetailers, Eduard have an extensive range of Brassin upgrades to add. More on them in due course, because the first priority is to tackle the standard kit and not get distracted.
As you can see, the test-fit is really encouraging with the main parts just taped together. I've noticed a slight gap on the leading edge of the wings (that should be easy to sort out) and the horizontal tail is loose (although the actual fit is perfect). Other than that, everything has gone together like a dream - the wing-roots are really tight and the nose cowls are a doddle to fit.
And the other big change - the "fat fin" of the old kit is gone. The new version looks instantly much better.
I've got a bit of a heavy week ahead at work, but I hope to get the build underway shortly - and on the basis of this first look, it should be a blast! I need something to get my mojo back (as Mal would say) - and Eduard's new Fw 190 looks to have all the right ingredients.
More as soon as I can manage.
All the best