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1/48 Dragon Ta 152H-1

by Bill Lachance

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This is Dragon's release of the ex-Trimaster Ta 152H-1, built using Eduard photoetched details. This version includes the engine, which was omitted when the kit was boxed by Italeri.

I added wiring, plumbing, and linkages to the cockpit and engine using reference photos I found on the internet. I carefully removed the fuselage's cowl panels. These were replaced with separate parts intended to be opened, and the rib detail was replaced.

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The Eduard set includes cockpit and wheel well items, as well as the flaps. It is a nice addition to this beautiful kit.

There are no real tricks to the assembly of this kit, other than dryfitting and assembly strategy.

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I painted the model freehand, using Model Master enamels. Photographs of the world's only remaining Ta 152H at the Garber facility confirmed that the lower wings were painted RLM 76, and not left unpainted as some wartime photos seem to suggest. The photos can be found at: http://www.geocities.com/ta152uk/Deep_Storage_1.html . There are excellent images of the engine, cockpit, canopy, and airframe. Since I have found no definite reference for the aerial's position (or whether it retained tension once the canopy was opened), I have left it off pending confirmation.

"Mr.Tank's Wild Ride" is certainly an Fw 190D on anabolic steroids !

Bill

Visit my website to see other models of mine, I also build models on commission.  http://www.pix.prettyneatinc.com/

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Photos and text by Bill Lachance

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