The Focke-Wulf Ta 152 H-1 was a high altitude fighter design by Kurt Tank, based on his previous creation, the Fw 190, but with a larger wings, different engine and tail section (just to name the most obvious differences). Around 10 years ago, I was given the chance to review this model kit and it impressed me on how crisp the parts were, although it lacked some details. So after gathering some photo etched parts, plastic stock, metal tubing and copper wire, I decided to add a few simple details .
This model was built a long time ago (early 2010), using Aoshima‘s kit (4905083-016770), Freightdog Models decal sheet, Eduard‘s photo etched seat belts, Quickboost‘s gunsight and a few other scratch built items.
Items like the cannons were replaced by metal tubing. Hinges, springs and a few antennas were replaced by items made from cooper wire. The landing gear scissors were made from plastic card and metal wire was used for the hydraulic lines.
The cockpit was also detailed, using a few photo etched parts, a resin gun sight and other scratch built details (like the head rest cushion, cut out of 0.4mm metal foil). The hinges around the engine area were missing from the kit parts and being so noticeable, they were made from 0.4 mm cooper wire, using a dull blade to half cut it in regular intervals, emulating the hinge look.
All parts were dry fitted, reveling an almost perfect fit and after cleaning them with ethyl alcohol (just airbrushing it abundantly over all parts), they were ready for paint.
As can be seen in the following photo, the added detail is not groundbreaking, but it greatly improves what was provided in the kits parts. After a simple paint job, I could close the canopy and continue to complete it.
This model portraits the aircraft with the serial number 150178, belonging to the Stab/JG301, captured at Leck, and evaluated by the late Cp. Eric “Winkle” Brown (the test pilot with the record for the larger number of different aircraft flown, larger number of aircraft carrier landings and several firsts in aviation history). This built was published in Scale Aircraft Modelling Vol. 32 Issue 9 (Novembre 2010).
Although an old model (the molds are from 1995, if I am not mistaken) and much simpler than Dragon’s offering , it can be built to a decent standard with some simple additions. Either by using aftermarket products or scratch building your own items, these small additions improve the look of the model and personalizes it to your liking.