FW-190A-F Prop & Spinner VDM-9-12153A Metal Blades with External Weights

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Review Author(s)
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$12.25
Product / Stock #
48253
Base Kit
Hasegawa
Company: Ultracast - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Ultracast - Website: Visit Site
Parts package

Ultracast offers a whole new and unique assembly for the front of your Focke Wulf A/F. The addition of the external weights is quite common on late war Focke Wulf aircraft. Until now they have not been available in model form without the modeler having to scratchbuild them.

This set is packaged in a small zip lock bag on the cardboard backing. The resin is typical Ultracast, molded in a light caramel colored with no blemishes anywhere. There are no pour blocks on the blades. Minimal flash is present on the spinner and cooling fans. Clean up will be easy with a new hobby blade.

The external weights are flawlessly executed and will add dramatically to the spinner assembly. The blades are thin and perfectly shaped. No pour blocks on the blades means that none of the detail will be lost on the pitch change mechanism.

Two cooling fans, one with twelve vanes and the other with fourteen vanes, are included so you can use this set on any Focke Wulf A/F. The pour blocks will be easy enough to clean up. Care will have to be taken on the fan blades but they should come out quite easily. The nice thing about the fans is that the angle of the blades is correct in comparison to the kit ones which have a flatter pitch to them.

The Hasegawa spinner is too pointed and lacks detail. Ultracast’s replacement has the proper shape and has fastener detail on the spinner that is lacking on the kit spinner. The blade openings are deep and accurately shaped. The grips will easily allow the modeler to fit the prop blades. It will be up to the modeler to set the pitch of each blade though.

Finally someone has offered this version of blade. I for one am glad that it is Ultracast. They are well known for their quality and meticulous research. This set is another jewel from Ultracast. Finally I’ll be able to build some late war A-9s that I’ve avoided for sometime.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Ultracast for the review copy and IPMS USA for the chance to review the resin. You can obtain your copy by contacting them directly at www.ultracast.ca. While there check out all their aftermarket parts, including seats, props, wheels, as well as, thier figures. When you order directly there will be a $9.95 CDN shipping and handling charge worldwide.

Reviewer Bio

Floyd S. Werner Jr.

Building models since the age of 7, I’ve become known for my Bf-109s and helicopters. I currently run Werner’s Wings. I was previously the ‘star’ of the Master Class Model Building Video series. I’ve been published numerous times on various website, including Hyperscale and ARC. My work has been in FSM and Great Scale Modeling 2001, as well as, numerous other model magazines. I’m a published author with my Squadron/Signal Walkaround book on the Kiowa Warrior. My models have continuously won many regional and national awards. My unique model photography gives my models instant recognition for their historical perspective.

I’m a retired from the Army after 21 years of flying Cobras and Kiowa Warriors, including tours in Iraq, Bosnia, Korea, and Germany. I’m also a retired Flight Officer for the Baltimore City Police and flew their helicopters chasing bad guys. I’m currently flying Cobras and Hueys with the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation.

I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart, Yvonne, for 42 years. Our daughters have blessed us with six grandchildren. My passions continue to be his family, friends, helicopters, models and airplanes, especially the Bf-109 and my beloved AH-1 Cobra. My motto has always been - MODELING IS FUN!

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