Eduard 1/48 FW190D-9 ProfiPACK
This is a reissue of Eduard's D-9 kit in the ProfiPACK boxing. It's a multimedia kit of injection molded plastic, photo-etch and rice paper masks. It consists of 192 parts, 133 of which are plastic on 6 sprues. 6 of the parts are surplus and destined for your spares box. The clear sprue includes 8 parts.
There are 59 PE parts, most of which are pre-painted, on a single non-adhesive fret. The masks includes the main wheels, tail wheel, windscreen plus masks for regular and "blown" canopies.
The quality of Eduard's injection molding is above reproach. The surface detail consists of rivets and both raised and recessed panel lines where appropriate. You have your choice of open or closed cowling rings, main wheels with or without tread, and a one-piece tail wheel or one with a separate, 2 piece fork and tail wheel. Some modelers might find the one-piece tail wheel easier to paint.
The rudder and ailerons are molded separately and the fabric effect is well depicted. The wheel wells are a detailed, complex, multi piece assembly. The visible lower part of the Jumo engine is well depicted. This engine "plug" consists of 11 pieces plus firewall. With the addition of plumbing lines and an oil wash this area will look very impressive.
The firewall/engine plug assembly also incorporates the mount for the upper cowling mounted MG 151 machine guns. The spent cartridge chutes are also included and with the addition of the various wires and hoses you have the makings of a convincing maintenance diorama.
The D-9 cockpit was painted RLM 66, a very dark Grey. Despite this the cockpit is busy and it will look pretty cool with an oil wash and dry brushing. Much of the PE fret is devoted to the cockpit and it includes rudder pedals, seat harness, a new instrument panel, canopy opening wheel, and sidewall consoles.
The upper wing gun bays can be depicted open or closed. For the lower wing pylon you have your choice of a 500 KG bomb or drop tank.
A ProfiPACK boxing also means that you have 6 colorful decal options to choose from:
"White 12", W. Nr. 500408, 5/JG.301, Bad Langensalza, Germany, May 1945. This aircraft had the "blown" canopy. The fuselage was painted in RLM 81 and 82 over 76. The upper wings were 81/82 with the starboard aileron in RLM 76. The lower wing leading edge was RLM 81 and the rest of the wings were natural metal. The lower fuselage was a lighter shade of RLM 76. There was an RLM 23 Red/04 Yellow fuselage band, and the spinner was black with a white spiral.
"Black 1", W. Nr. 210003, Oberleutnant Hans Dortenmann, IV./JG 26, Germany 1945. This aircraft also had the blown canopy. The fuselage was painted RLM 81/82 over 76 with a black/white fuselage band. The upper wings were 81/82. The spinner was black with a white spiral. This plane also had an RLM 04 Yellow lower cowl, fin, rudder and rudder leading edge.
"Black Chevron/1", W. Nr. 600150, Stab/JG 4, Frankfurt am Rhein-Main, Germany, April 1945. This colorful aircraft had the standard, "flat" canopy and was painted in the mid War RLM 74/75 greys over 76 with RLM 75 spots on the cowl ring and nose, with the spots terminating just in front of the gun bay. The engine area had a lightened application of RLM 76. The upper wings were 74/75. The fuselage band was black/white/black. The lower wing leading edge, flaps and ailerons were RLM 76 and the rest of the lower wing was natural metal. The spinner was black with a tightly wound white spiral.
"Red 18", W. Nr. 211115, I./EKG(J) or V./EJG 2, Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, May 1945. This aircraft had the standard, "flat" canopy and was painted in RLM 81/82. The upper wings were RLM 81/82. The fuselage band was RLM 04 yellow. The lower wing leading was RLM 81 with 76 ailerons. The rest of the lower wing was natural metal. The spinner was black. The fuselage "plug" (extension) was a lighter shade of RLM 76.
"Black Chevron/4", W. Nr. 211164, Stab/JG6 , Prag-Rusin, Czechoslovakia, May 1945. This aircraft had the standard, "flat" canopy and was painted in RLM 81/82. The cowl ring and most of the upper fuselage were in 81 with the area aft of the canopy in 82. The upper wings were RLM 81/82. This aircraft also had a light colored fuselage band heavily over painted with RLM 81. The lower wing leading was RLM 81 with 76 landing gear doors and ailerons. The rest of the lower wing was natural metal. The spinner was black. The upper starboard horizontal stabilizer had one portion of the standard 81/82 pattern missing.
"Yellow 1", W. Nr. 210003, Oberleutnant Hans Dortenmann, IV./JG 26, Germany, Spring 1945. This is the same aircraft described in Option 2. Hans Dortenmann was appointed Staffelkapitan of 3./JG 26 on March 29th and the markings were changed to reflect this. The camouflage remained RLM 81/82 over 76 with 81/82 upper wings and the D-9 retained it's black/white fuselage band but the IV. Gruppe wave was removed. The black spinner and RLM 04 Yellow elements were the same. There is also a possibility that this plane was actually painted in the mid War RLM 74/75 greys, but there is no surviving documentation to support this.
The 2 decal sheets (one for markings and one for air frame stencils) are up to Eduard's usual standards with crisp, bright colors and blacks. They are legible and in-register.
The instruction sheets follow Eduard's customary pattern with a brief D-9 history, parts map, a well illustrated and logical build sequence, color aircraft profiles, stencil decal application guide, and color call outs for GSI Creos (Gunze) Aqueous and Mr. Color paints. This is a top notch presentation.
The Focke-Wulf FW190D-9 is one of my favorite World War II planes. Eduard has done the aircraft justice with this reissued kit. It is accurate and well detailed. You can produce a great model right out of the box or you can upgrade the kit with some of Eduard's Brassin and PE sets. The D-9 was a colorful aircraft and all of the decal options are interesting. I recommend this kit and I would like to thank Eduard for the review sample.
Focke-Wulf FW190 Volume IV, by Krzysztof Janowicz, Kagero Publications, 2004