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Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48
« on: January 20, 2014, 04:58:12 PM »
Here is a short review of another of the fine Eduard PE products. I apologize for not building and reviewing this sooner, I was sent this set many months ago....... ;)

Here we have a beautiful set of wooden flaps for the Eduard Fw 190D kit. As most of you know, the manufacturers substituted wood for aluminum on many late-war Luftwaffe machines, and the landing flaps on the Focke-Wulf fighter were redesigned to accomplish this.

The kit consists of one fret of PE parts and an excellent instruction sheet. The first photo shows one flap and flap-well built up and the other on the fret for comparison. Also, the first flap has been removed from the lower wing part of the airplane kit. This is typical Eduard construction--you just remove the part from the fret and bend the parts as needed. The ribs in the flap-well look complicated but this is quite easy to shape, they bend into position after making the "box" of the larger part. Same with the flap itself--simply bend along the scribed lines, following the instructions, and then use CA glue to bond the part along the joint line. Last step on the PE parts is to add the actuating eccentric to the center of the flap and apply a small trapezoidal doubler to the inner skin.
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/EduardFlaps001_zps7bb53c2e.jpg
Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/EduardFlaps002_zps31fe90c9.jpg
Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48


So, the easy part is done! Now we move on to the styrene modifications. These changes are called out on the instructions and consist of thinning the surfaces where the new flap-well will mount. The lower wing requires a deep "shaving" of the plastic and so do both upper wing panels. Eduard has made the flap-wells very deep, just like the real airplane, so this is why you must trim considerable material from the wing parts. Both fuselage halves also must be trimmed where the flap-well will sit as do the inboard gun bay parts. On this photo you can see the trimmed areas marked with small black x letters.
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/EduardFlaps004_zps329a4b47.jpg
Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48


Further updates will come along during aircraft assembly!

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Re: Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2014, 05:29:39 PM »
I have somewhere image where is seen this flaps in red brown color

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Re: Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2014, 06:01:11 PM »
Yes, natural wood in the photos I've seen!

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Re: Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2014, 06:59:39 PM »
This morning the RLM 02 was applied to the finished flap-wells and other appropriate areas of the kit:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/EduardFlapwell001_zps4df3cb8d.jpg
Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48


I'll start a separate thread, I think, for the rest of the build and then come back here for further review of the flap parts. Incidentally, the next phase of the flap painting will be to simulate the plywood coloration of inside surface of each flap and then RLM 76 on the outer skins.

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Re: Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2014, 08:03:42 PM »
Good for that mate, this will be promotional topic for product ;)

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Re: Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2014, 01:30:18 AM »
Here is a shot of the new flap-wells nestled into place. The fuselage and wing were first dry-fitted several times to make sure that everything lined up as it should. Then I CA glued the new structures onto the upper wing surfaces in exactly the right places. The next step was to join the top and bottom wing panels. After this assembly was fully cured I installed the wing to the fuselage for the final time. Everything lined up quite nicely!
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/FlapsTwo003_zps1b740993.jpg
Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48


The final step is a tiny bit of filler at the wing-root fairing junction and a dab of CA glue to fill the entire length of the trailing edge where the PE and styrene meet. After this is all satisfactory it will be on to the painting stage.

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Re: Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2014, 10:49:27 PM »
Now the flaps and belly of the airplane are painted, inside of flaps in natural wood color:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/190FlapsPainted001_zps2abe66d3.jpg
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Re: Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2014, 06:46:02 AM »
Mission complete :-ok

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Re: Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2014, 12:37:26 PM »
:-ok

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Re: Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2014, 10:07:24 PM »
 :-salut :-ok :-clap

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Re: Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2014, 07:41:03 PM »
Here are the flaps mounted on the machine. These photos were taken prior to the main weathering and "muddy-ing up" of the airframe:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/FlapsDone002_zps99486319.jpg
Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/FlapsDone004_zps7343d0fd.jpg
Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/FlapsDone006_zpsf9312d3e.jpg
Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48


As with their other items, I heartily recommend this product from Eduard for your next Fw 190 project!

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Re: Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2014, 07:52:21 PM »

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Re: Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2014, 08:12:16 PM »
Thank you for adding Eduard's address--I keep forgetting to do that!