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Focke-Wulf Fw 58C


Special Hobby, 1/72 scale

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Catalogue Number: Special Hobby kit no. SH72077 Focke-Wulf Fw 58C Weihe
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 71 parts in light grey plastic on three sprues and 11 parts in clear plastic on one sprue. 16 nicely moulded resin parts, 16 PE parts on one fret and 1 clear acetate part for instrument panel. 4 double-sided A5 instruction sheet pages with history, parts plan, build diagrams and paint/decal placement drawings.
Price: USD$32.46  from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Unusual subject; highly detailed, beautifully moulded
Disadvantages: May be hard to find detailed reference
Recommendation: Highly Recommended to lovers of unusual subjects.

Reviewed by Glen Porter

 Special Hobby's 1/72 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 58C Weihe is available online from Squadron.com



Kurt Tank was responsible for designing of some of the most attractive and best performing aircraft in the Luftwaffe's WWII inventory, including the Fw 190A and D, Ta 152, Ta 154 and Fw 200 Condor.

He was also responsible for some of the ugliest.

In my opinion, the Focke-Wulf Fw 58C falls into the latter category, although it performed well enough in the light transport role.

On opening the box, you are confronted with a twin-engined aircraft about the size of a Beaufighter or Mosquito but with very small engines. There is no offensive or defensive armourment but the interior detail is very good and in all three media - styrene, resin and photo-etch.


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The medium grey plastic parts are quite cleanly moulded with plenty of suitable interior framework and finely engraved panel detail on the outside. Clear parts are exactly that, clear, with extra parts for the military Fw58B, not used in this instance. The photo-etched fret is for the interior only, with parts such as the instrument panel and harnesses. The resin parts, some interior [seat backs], undercarriage and some exterior fittings [DF loop] are very finely moulded and on pouring blocks which will have to be removed.

Aviprint decals cover two aircraft, one from the Air Warfare School 7, 1943, in RLM 71 top surfaces and RLM 02 underneath, coded DK + FF and another coded BB + SB in 70/71 splinter pattern over RLM 65 from A/B 32 [?] in 1943. 



Instructions are the usual MPM/Special Hobby affair with clear build diagrams and painting and decal drawings.

Special Hobby's 1/72 scale Fw 58C is a very interesting, very well detailed model - although transport aircraft subjects might not be to everyone’s taste. One problem might be finding appropriate references. Of course, if you can’t find the info then the chances are, nor can anyone else to tell you you’re wrong!

Highly Recommended to modellers who looking fir something a little different.

Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.

Review Text Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 24 January, 2005
Last updated 24 January, 2005

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