R.V. Resin 1/48th Focke-Wulf Fw 190 v30/U1 (C-0)
Reviewed by Steve Jantscher
The Fw-190v30 was one aircraft in a whole series of test aircraft that attempted to improve the Butcher Bird's high altitude performance. This version used a four blade wooden prop and two different DB 603 S-1 engines. This airframe was eventually converted to one of the Ta 152 prototypes. For those with a collection of '190s, this aircraft, as well as some of the other R.V. Resin Fw 190 series models, will add a bit of spice to the shelf of Luftwaffe modelers.
This is the second R.V. Resin full kit I've reviewed, (my other R.V. resin is the Ta 152 C-O (V7), #RVRK4801) and I am still impressed with the overall quality and completeness of these kits. Other than not being made of styrene plastic, these could almost pass as Tamiya quality castings. These are beautifully cast, with petite even recessed panel lines. As you can see, the kit's attention to detail starts when the box is opened. The contents are carefully packed up, with every part bagged so as to insure there will be no missing parts. They are also packaged to prevent breakage. All the parts are finely cast. I especially like the fine detail on the metal landing gear struts. The only flaw I could find was in the oil cooler (?) intake lip that had a gob of extra resin. There were no evident pits or bubbles in the castings. The only improvement I could think of would be to have two vac form canopies instead of the single one provided.
This is a complete kit, with most of the material cast in resin. This will make up into a very nice kit, but it isn't for the beginner. Look at the instructions below. That's all you get. No hand holding with this kit. You're expected to know how to build a resin kit. With that said, it's a great kit!
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