The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 is regarded as one of the best fighters of World War II. Designed by Kurt Tank, it first saw combat in the summer of 1941 and went on to be produced in several variants. It remains a hugely popular subject for aviation scale-modellers. This book, the first of two to cover the Fw190, provides a detailed, step-by-step guide to modelling the Fw 190's A, F and G variants in 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32 scale. Key aspects such as creating mottled camouflage patterns, undercarriage and cockpit detailing, final weathering and finishing, and diorama bases to display your models are covered.
The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 is regarded as one of the best fighters of World War II. Designed by Kurk Tank, it first saw combat in the summer of 1941 and went on to be produced in several variants. It remains hugely popular subject for aviation scale-modellers. This title provides a detailed, step-by-step guide to modelling the Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8/R8 in 1/32 scale. Key aspects such as finishing techniques, including painting and displaying your model are covered. This guide forms part of Osprey Modelling 27 Modelling the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A, F and G also available as an ebook.
When the Focke Wulf Fw 190 first became operational in the autumn of 1941 it gave its enemies a nasty shock. The new German fighter could out-run, out-climb and out-dive the Spitfire Mk V, the best machine the RAF then had available. The only aspect of combat performance in which the Spitfire had the edge was its tighter turning circle, which was countered by the German fighter’s better rate of roll. So great was the superiority of the new German fighter that RAF personnel of all ranks ascribed to it an excellence even greater than it merited. In June 1942 an Fw 190 pilot became disorientated during combat over England and made a successful wheels-down in South Wales. This was a valuable prize indeed. The aircraft was put through a series of comparative fighting trials and revealed the weaknesses of the craft that could be exploited in future combat. The Luftwaffe came under increasing pressure during the final eighteen months of the war, and Fw 190 units suffered heavy losses. Yet the very sight of an Fw 190 in position to deliver an attack was enough to strike fear in the hearts of its opponents.
1. Foreword by Oberstleutnant a.D. Karl-Heinz Ossenkop JG 26 D-9 pilot 2. Brief story of prototype development 3. Study of the five known types of gun cowls by factory 4. D-9 into service with III./JG 54 5. Pilot initial impressions including Dortenmann's first words... What kind of contraptions are these?! 6. First losses and victories 7. Excerpts of Hans Dortenmann's diary describing his all-Yellow tail W. Nr. 210003 D-9, the first D-9 in service 8. Combat stories of D-9 pilots from III./JG 54, JG 2, IV./JG 3, JG 26, JG 51, and JG 301 9. The distinctive system of tactical markings and colors used by JG 301 10. Approximately 365 black and white photos, plus 40 color photos many previously unpublished, 72 color profiles by Thomas A. Tullis 11. Situation reports of JG 2 Dora 9 activity during March 1945 attacking the Remagen bridge 12. Flugbuch excerpts from Dora 9 pilots 13. Accurate and detailed drawings by Koichiro Abe of the D-9, D-9/R5, and D-9 with the Ta 152 tail