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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Zoukei Mura 1/32 FW Ta-152H-1 In-box review


The Focke-Wulf Ta 152 was a WWII German high-altitude fighter-interceptor. The Ta 152 was a development of the 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 ("high-altitude fighter"), 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 wrongly estimated in one source 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.
(The above text is from Wikipedia)

The kit comes in a carefully packaged sturdy box, and each sprue is individually bagged. In a separate bag we can find the instruction booklet and, pre-cut canopy masks and decal sheet. Follwing the “tradition” of the company’s first kit (J7W1 Shinden), the sprues are colored with three colours, grey (for exterior parts as fuselage, wings etc), black ( propeller, landing gear struts, wheels, guns, etc) and metallic (for interior parts as engine, cockpit, etc). With the addition of the clear sprue, we have a total of 8 sprues.
Some criticism of the kit spreading around is about some fitting problems and for the flat shape of the gun cowling. I will be able to check this criticism when I will be building the kit at some point in the future and as for the flatness of the cowling, for the time being I do not have access to any photograph showing this cowling from above so I must trust Zoukei Mura as well as Dragon since the same flatness exists in their 48th scale kit, which I am proud to own (but still, haven’t built though!)
Generally, the parts are flash-free, except some small parts, which have thin flash, but it is very easy to clean this up. The clear parts are relatively thin and very transparent. Also, 2 types of seats are offered, one without and one with seat belts moulded on, the latter being very nicely done.
Also, as a gift for my batch of pre-orders, a seated pilot figure is included, which amazed me with the level of detail and the excellent sculpting.
The level of detail is very very high, and nicely moulded on plastic.
The instruction booklet, as in J7W1 Shinden, is impressive as it has been printed to simulate a handbook of the factory during WWII, while the instructions are printed in Japanese and English and there are plenty of photographs and CAD diagrams through all the building steps. Colour reference is for Vallejo brand. The decals are nicely printed and in register while the swastikas are cut in half (for which I do have a strong objection, but that’s just me).
Concluding, this is a very impressive kit of a beautiful and important airplane. The level of detail is very high but there is room for more detailing from the modeller, according to each one’s skills and references of course!









  1. που είναι οι φωτό οέο;!!...μην μας αφήνεις στην πείνα!...

  2. τρελο κιτ αν κρινω απο το shiden!

  3. Ασπρα μουρα,μαυρα μουρα εισαι μια...Zukei Mura!