Fw 190A-4 in 1/48...
...a new Profipack series kit from Eduard
Kit reference 82142 is another release from Eduard in their Profipack series of kits. There are common parts between the variants as Eduard have a number of them in their range. The basic plastic kit is very good, while the extras in the form of etch brass details and painting masks always mark out these Profipack series kits. The cockpit is well detailed, and the pre-coloured etch parts for the instrument panel and side consoles, along with seat belts and rudder pedals. The undercarriage wells also have good internal detail and this is all nicely done.
This is a step up from a basic plastic kit (such as their Weekend series models) though you have an opportunity to add even greater levels of detail using their etch and brassin sets, which are listed on the back of the instruction leaflet. These include a fully detailed cockpit tub, an equally complete engine, landing flaps, fuselage guns and wing root cannon bays.
There are 5 marking options provided for.-
Wk.Nr. 746, flown by Oblt. S. Schnell, the CO of 9./JG2, based at Vannes-Maucon, France in January of 1943. This has grey splinter camouflage on the upper surfaces, yellow tail and panel under the engine, and the large black eagle design on wither side of the nose..
An aircraft flown by Maj. Johannes Trauloft, CO of JG 54, in the Soviet Union during 1943. It has all the upper surfaces overpainted with white winter camouflage, along with some distinctive yellow panels under the wing tips, engine and a fuselage band.
Wk.Nr. 749, flown by Oblt. E. Rudorffer, CO of 6./JG.2 based at Sidi Ahmed in Tunisia during December 1942. This one has sand on all upper surfaces and pale blue undersides with a white rear fuselage band. and a yellow rudder.
Wk.Nr. 760, flown by Fw. Rudolf Eisele with 8./JG 2, based at Brest-Guipavas in France in January 1943. Standard camouflage scheme, with yellow rudder and underside of the engine cowling.
An aircraft flown by Knights Cross winner, Oblt. Walter Nowotney, CO of 1./JG 54 when he was at Staraya Russa in the Soviet Union during March 1943. This has perhaps the most interesting colour scheme of all the options in this kit, a green, brown and white disruptive pattern on the upper surfaces, pale blue undersides and yellow panels under the engine, the wing tips and a fuselage band.
To finish off the transfers, and detailed on a page in the instructions, all the airframe stencils to apply as well as the individual aircraft markings.
Thanks to Eduard for this example.