Eduard’s 1:144 scale Fw 190D kit is a repackaging of the Platz kit. The kit contents are found in a single resealable bag with light cardstock in the middle to keep the package slightly rigid. The kit comes on one injection molded polystyrene sprue totaling 28 parts. Two clear parts comes on one clear sprue. The full color instruction booklet organizes the build over a quick two pages. A small masking set for the canopy and main gear wheel hubs is also included. Markings for four airplanes are provided:
- Fw 190D-9 W.Nr. 210003, flown by Oblt. Hans Dortenmann, IV./JG 26, Germany, 1945
- Fw 190D-9 W.Nr. 600424, flown by Lt. Heinz Saschenberg, Munich-Riem Airport, Germany, April-May 1945
- Fw 190D-9 W.Nr. 211115, I./EKG(J) or V./EJG 2. Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, May 1945
- Fw 190D-9 W.Nr. 211165, Stab/JG 6, Prag-Rusin, Czechoslovakia, May1945
Strengths: Eduard’s small-scale long nosed Dora is another entry in their Super44 product line. The plastic itself comes from Japanese kit manufacturer Platz, and it’s excellent. Platz does great work, especially in this very small scale. The surface details are rich and complex even for 1:144 scale, and all the panel lines are very delicately recessed. Even the ultra-fine left wingtip pitot tube is represented here. There is a rudimentary cockpit and the engine’s cowl flaps are molded in the open position. The single-piece windscreen and canopy also look quite nice, and Eduard’s masking set is a very nice touch. There are two different styles of canopy depending on the version of Fw 190D-9 you’re building, and there’s even a rudimentary cockpit. Shoulder harnesses and lap belts are provided as decals.
The markings options are all quite interesting and include the famous Fw 190D with the red-and-white underside. The decals were printed in-house by Eduard. They look great from a printing and decal production perspective. I can see no perceptible flaws.
Weaknesses: I cannot offer any real substantive critiques of this kit.