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Original vs recast cruver spotter models?

Started by Garandomatic , May 19 2017 12:16 PM

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#1 Garandomatic

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 12:16 PM

Found a nice FW 190 today for pretty cheap at an antique store, and pretty quickly read that these were mostly recast in a mkre stable plastic. Is there any easy way to tell if one is an original or not besides whether or not it's begun to melt?

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 05:17 PM

One sure sign can be found on the underside of many of the reproductions. A capital letter "R" inside a diamond. Also, a majority of the originals will have a slight warp to the wings, or tail plane, which does not happen to the more stable reproductions.

 

 

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 11:15 AM

Here's mine.  I'm not exactly sure what I am going to do with it at the moment, but I would like to know if it is original or repro.

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 11:17 AM

And the underside.  No "R" marking at all.  Detail appears more crisp than some recasts I have seen, and it also lacks the bubbles and casting issues I have seen in some recasts as well.

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 01:39 PM

I'm no expert, but it looks like an original to me. The smaller models, with shorter wingspan, are much less likely to warp.




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