Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor
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|Contents and Media:
||Light grey and clear injection
||Supplied by JB Wholesalers,
Australia. Price unknown at this stage
||Outline and appearance conforms to
published plans; high quality mouldings; good detail in most areas;
restrained surface detail; thin, clear and accurate transparent parts.
by Steve Palffy
scale Fw 200 Condor may be ordered online from Squadron.com
The big bird of prey has landed at last, in 1/48 scale
injection moulded styrene.
I could hardly believe my eyes on the evening of 16 June.
There it was - a giant box wrapped in brown paper.
I immediately ripped the paper off and eagerly opened the
box, grabbed the camera and, the model manufacturers' worst nightmare, scale
drawings. In this case, the drawings were from Waldemar Troica's excellent "Focke-Wulf
Fw 200 Condor #16". This is published by Model Hobby in Poland and is
probably the only reference you will need when building Trumpeter's big
Condor. I bought my copy from Battlebridge Books in Parramatta, Sydney.
I laid out the parts on the plans, trying to beat the dying
sun. Looks good. The wings is very close indeed - looks like they had been
traced around. The fuselage was also very good, with only the tip of th fin
extending forward about 3mm compared to the plan (minor). Beautiful overall
though. The main landing gear wheels also look a little oversize, but
Trumpeter seems to have otherwise nailed the dimensions and shape as good as
it gets (this is a BIG kit and there is a lot that might have gone wrong).
Now, the real journey begins.
The Build So Far
Starting with the interior, the Condor looks fantastic. Even
the internal lubricant tank and fuel cells are included, most of which will
not be seen once the model is finished.
The wings have the correct dihedral. Ailerons and flaps are
I was almost dreading the BMW 132H engines before seeing the
kit but, no, Trumpeter has broken these down as just two parts per bank -
front and back - and quite nicely done.
Surface detail is restrained and finely engraved, but the
fuselage halves have a mould seam running along the top and bottom that will
need to be cleaned.
I made a wing spar from balsa to help reinforce the wing
root and interior top of the fuselage (more on that later). Anyone who has
built a 1/32 scale kit or vacform will see where I am headed with this!
In summary, Trumpeter has done a great job on the Condor. I
have gotten about 6 hours into construction, and looking at progress there
is probably at least triple that until completion.
Trumpeter's 1/48 scale Fw 200 Condor should be on the
shelves of hobby shops in Australia in around 2-3 weeks. Anybody wanting to
buy Light Green, Dark Green and Light Blue should buy them now, otherwise
good luck trying to find it when this bird eventually touches down!
Thanks to Roger
and Max from JB Wholesalers for the review sample.
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Text and Images Copyright © 2005 by Steve Palffy
Page Created 23 June, 2005
Last updated 23 June, 2005
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