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In-Box Review
Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Interior Colour-Etch

by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

Eduard's Set # 49 342 consists of 125 etched steel parts spread across 2 frets. The instructions are clearly illustrated in colour on 3 sides of A-4, which give detailed step-by-step diagrams of how to modify the kit parts and fit the resin replacements. Sadly, no painting instructions are included. The high number of individual parts is accounted for by the sheer number of throttle levers and other and other engine controls. Eduard have been very thoughtful a number of spares for when the almost inevitable happens and a tiny part decides to attempt a space launch.

The first fret is partly pre-painted, with instrument panels, radio faces and throttle quadrants. These pre-painted parts look excellent - the detail of the painting is way ahead of what most of us could ever hope to achieve, even with the finest brush and the colours look good, with a mixture of pale and dark grey - presumably RLM 02 and 66. The main instrument panel consists of a front face with painted bezels and placards, which attaches to a rear part with the painted instrument faces for depth. There isn't a clear film provided to "glaze" the instruments, so filling the bezels with Future/Klear should do the trick.

The kit-supplied control columns and rudder pedals are dressed up with etched details, but many modellers may want to do more to refine the clumsy plastic originals - although it has to said, quite how much will be visible once the model is finished is questionable. The pilot and co-pilot's seats get replacement arm-rests which should improve their appearance, but do note - this set doesn't include any seat harnesses.

The radio compartment is comprehensively detailed, with all the kit's radios replaced by new etched sets, which must be carefully folded to create boxes before detailed front faces and tuning dials complete the job. Although there isn't as much rolling and folding needed as in Eduard's superlative Ju 87G detail set, a degree of patience and some experience with etched parts will probably be needed here - and anyone with access to a folding tool such as a Hold & Fold or EtchMate will probably find it useful.

The interior of the cockpit sides is detailed with 2 large etched frameworks to add ribs and stringers and the fuselage windows are each given a pair of curtains. Both the ribs and the curtains are probably a bit "2-dimentional" for this scale. Rounding everything off are smaller items such as compasses, a dash board and grab handles to sit under the kit's canopy.

Eduard's Fw 200 interior detail set is very impressive and will totally transform the appearance of the Condor's cockpit. It's a little surprising that seat harnesses aren't included - Eduard have opted to release them separately as set #49027 - but there's no doubt that the combination of Eduard's range of Fw 200 sets, which also include detailed flaps and radar antennae etc., will hugely improve Trumpeter's vast kit by providing the kind of detail it cries out for.

Thank you to Eduard for kindly supplying the review sample.
Trumpeter's 1/48 Focke-Wulf Fw 200 was warmly welcomed when it was released last year, not least because it's enormous size guarantees a head-turner wherever it appears. Despite a well-equipped interior, which includes long-range fuel cells, there is plenty of scope for adding more detail to the kit - particularly in the cockpit, which is a little spartan. Eduard have changed all that with the release of the first of several detail sets for the Condor, including an interior detail set, reviewed here.
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  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 49342
  Suggested Retail: $24.95
  PUBLISHED: Jan 05, 2006

About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

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