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Late Fw 190A Cockpit
for new 1/32 Scale Hasegawa Kits

Eagle Parts

 

 

 

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Catalogue Number & Description

Eagle Parts #5132 Late Fw 190A Cockpit Set

Scale: 1/32
Contents and Media: 28 parts in grey resin; 1 photo-etched fret; illustrated instructions.
Price: USD$29.00 Available now from Eagle Editions website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Amazing detail; beautiful casting; plenty of useful and interesting options; further potential for determined superdetailers; two seats supplied; massive improvement over kit parts.
Disadvantages: Some photos in instructions a little small to see the detail.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended.

 

FirstLook



A picture is worth a thousand words.

I could save myself some keyboard time by simply posting the photos of Eagle Parts recent 1/32 scale Late Focke-Wulf Fw 190A Cockpit Set. The pictures really do tell the story pretty convincingly.

Even so, I should let you know that this new cockpit comprises 28 parts perfectly cast in grey resin plus a photo-etched brass fret. This set is almost designed as a tub within a tub. The large resin cockpit part will be itself enclosed by the interior sidewalls which extend into the rear-mid fuselage.

 

 

The main tub (pictured at the top of the page) is quite spectacular, with a remarkable amount of detail cast in place including wiring and side console features.

Two seats are supplied. One has a resin harness and seat cushion cast in place, while another seat without belts is included for modellers who prefer to use the photo-etched harness.

 

 

The instrument coaming corrects the kit problem of the missing length of cushion aft of the gunsight. This part is engineered to include a section of fuselage, so some cutting of the kit parts will be required here.

Options include two control column boots - one neutral and one permitting positioning of the stick; positionable rudder pedals; alternate style rudder pedals; a vent for the rear decking and a chronometer that may be placed in the cockpit if desired. Also, the starboard sidewall has access hatch and filler point details. If the top and side hatches were left open, it might be worth scratchbuilding radios, an MW50 tank and some more structural details inside this area.

Another bonus is a pair of landing gear indicators for the wings.

 

 

Instructions comprise of a double-sided letter-sized sheet with text and photos. The detail of the images have suffered due to their small size and the duplication process. Fortunately, larger colour versions of these photos are available on Eagle Editions' website. I strongly recommend a visit to the Eagle Editions website to consult these better images prior to assembly.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Murphy's Law made sure that I did not receive this set until just after I had finished working on my 1/32 scale Hasegawa Fw 190A (built by myself; with Chris Wauchop adding the surface features, paint and markings).

Eagle Editions' 1/32 scale Late Fw 190A Cockpit is a vast improvement over the kit parts. Assembly and painting will take time and care, but the effort will be worthwhile. I'd suggest you take some photos before gluing the fuselage halves together though, as some of that beautiful detail will disappear forever!

This cockpit will be a fabulous addition to any 1/32 scale late Fw 190A project based on the excellent new Hasegawa kit.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Eagle Editions for the review sample


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Images and Text Copyright 2004 by Brett Green
Page Created 30 September, 2004
Last updated 01 October, 2004

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