First Look Review
Fw 190Fs
Focke-Wulf Fw 190F-8 & 'F-9
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 is a perennially popular modelling subject, and few companies are better placed to tackle it than Eagle Editions with their acclaimed library of references. Their latest foray into the field sees the release of two new sheets of EagleCals for the Fw 190F ground-attack fighter. The decals are available in 3 popular scales and are custom-printed by Cartograf.

Eagle Editions have kindly provided a sample of Sheet EC#165, and the Cartograf decals are of their usual impeccably high standard, with items which are thin and glossy, printed in perfect register with minimal carrier film.

The sheet covers the following aircraft:
1. Fw 190F-8, W.Nr. unknown, “Black 5”, III. Gruppe, Luftflotte 4, Frankfurt am Main, 1945
2. Fw 190F-9, W.Nr. unknown, “Black 2”, Luftflotte 4
3. Fw 190F-8, W.Nr. 588717, “Green 3”, St. II./SG 2, Milovice, Czechoslovakia, 1945
4. Fw 190F-8, W.Nr. unknown, “Red 2”, Luftflotte 4
The chosen schemes offer a nice variety of camouflage styles and individual markings. Along with the unit codes etc. for each aircraft, the decals sufficient national markings for two models and a comprehensive selection of stencil markings. In a nod to political correctness, the swastikas are printed in two parts - which seems somewhat ironic as the profiles show them in full.

A nice touch is that Eagle Editions have included items to depict the roughly overpainted markings on a couple of the aircraft, so you have RLM 76 and RLM 82 chevrons if you prefer not to paint them.

The decals are accompanied by a double-sided instruction sheet that features top quality side profiles of each subject by Tom Tullis, top and bottom schematics and stencil placement guides and, all importantly, concise and clear notes on the details of each scheme and any special points such as repairs that are evident.

The prices for the sheet depends on the scale:
EC#165-32 - $21.50
EC#165-48 - $16.50
EC#165-72 - $12.50

This is another excellent release from Eagle Editions that is sure to be popular with Wurger fans everywhere. Recommended.

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Highs: Excellent quality decals for subjects drawn from Eagle Editions' extensive library.
Lows: None that I've noted.
Verdict: You can't go far wrong with the combination of Eagle Editions and Cartograf.
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  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: EC-165
  Suggested Retail: See Text
  PUBLISHED: Dec 01, 2015

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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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