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Author Topic: Focke Wulf Ta-152H-1  (Read 5773 times)
John Garis

« on: August 17, 2011, 09:13:04 AM »

Pacific Coast Models - 1/32 Focke Wulf Ta-152H-1

The Focke-Wulf Ta 152 was a World War II Luftwaffe high-altitude fighter-interceptor. The Ta 152 was a development of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 aircraft, but the prefix was changed from "Fw" to "Ta" to recognize the contributions of Kurt Tank who headed the design team.
The number 152 was chosen in the German air ministry's list of numbers allocated to German aircraft companies, and was not related to the designer's previous projects or achievements.
It was intended to be made in at least three versions — the Ta 152H Höhenjäger, the Ta 152C designed for slightly lower-altitude operations and ground-attack using a different engine and smaller wing, and the Ta 152E fighter-reconnaissance aircraft with the engine of the H model and the wing of the C model.
The first Ta 152H entered service with the Luftwaffe in January 1945.
Total production - including prototypes and pre-production aircraft - is estimated at about 220.
But only some 43 production aircraft were delivered until the end of the war.
This was too late to allow the Ta 152 to have a significant impact on the war effort.

Ta 152 H-1

The only production version.
Long wing, armed with one engine-mounted Motorkanone 30 mm (1.18 in) MK108 cannon and two 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons in the wing roots, additional fuel tanks located in the wings.

At last is here ! Is big, is beautyful and is…plastic ! No more resin Ta’s and this is a very good new by itself ! My last Ta152 in this scale ,was a Jerry Rutman’s kit, a small nightmare – or bigger if you like to super detail it, adding engine, guns, cutting flaps / rudders etc – like me.
Anyway, now it’s time to dream some sweet dreams, coming from California USA via…Czech Republic !
The box say it clear : “Kit made in Czech Republic” and “Photo etch by Eduard”
Even the box is printed in Czech. OK, I haven’t any problem with Czech made models, are perfect in quality and detail.
Lets take a look at the main kit now : The styrene that have used to mold the kit is a medium to hard grey styrene, without any bubbles and with very little flash on the kit’s parts. A welcomed detail is the matt surfaces on the fuselage and wings, that can help very much to work on.
The lines between the panels are clear and deep enough, helping to wash them easy. The overall shape – dimensions – panels are very well documented, and in the right position –except the rivets. Are totally missing, except the biggest of them in the wings and stabilizers roots. This is the first thing to have a modeler to do.
The second is to add some –not much – details to almost all the other plastic parts.
All have some details on –the most visible- but if you are a Ta152 enthusiast,
you have a lot of work in front of you. Especially if you like to add the Junkers
Jumo 231 engine –not included – there’s a good challenge in this box.
In a small bag, are presend some resin parts as a “bonus” for choosing this kit,
and are quite interesting.
So in a chaki coloured resin are the cockpit thub, pilot’s seat,
instrument panel with hood, gunsight, foot pedals for the rudder, wheel wells,
exhausts,  spinner’s  navel, the radiator, and a very special piece : the complete detail that can see through the wheel bay –is the back and low engine end- complete with all the parts – pipping and gun barrel in excellent detail. The clear parts are…clear without any scratch on, with the frames in right dimensions and provide parts for the landing lights too.
Finally, some photo etched parts –painted – for the pilot’s seat belts. The kit can decorated with the very sharp, clear printed and well registered decals by Cartograph.
There’s a second –small – set of decals, with an updated set of numbers to correct the wrong main set, followed by instructions about the decals and some painting corrections. The main card have a full set of stensils for one bird and you can choose between four different airplanes –No 3,4,8,9- with small differences on the camo’s.
The painting instructions are right and well documented and can help the whole proceed. I close the box  satisfied with the content of it, with just a small complaint :
The weakness to build the model with open the radiator cooling flaps –and this is the third thing  to have a modeler to do.
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