Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Kagero Monographs Book Review

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Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A, S, F, G

Series: Kagero Monographs Special Edition Book 12

By Krzysztof Janowicz, translated by Neil Page, drawings by Maciej Noszczak, profiles by Janusz Światłoń and Arkadiusz Wróbel

Hardcover, 272 pages, heavily illustrated, 26 color profiles, line drawings

Published by Kagero, February 2020

Language: English

ISBN-10: 83-66148-72-6

ISBN-13: 978-83-66148-72-7

Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.0 x 11.75 inches

Dozens of books on the Focke Wulf Fw 190 have been written.  Most modelers with even a passing interest in the Luftwaffe will likely have a few on their shelves.  In my case more than a few, and a new volume is published almost every year.  So the question arises, do we need another book on the Fw 190?  Need is probably not the best word, but there are a number of things to recommend this book.

The text begins with the technical history of the type, beginning with the evolution of the “A” series fighter variants.  “F” and “G” fighter-bombers follow and the differences between the mission optimization is addressed well as these were not all intended to have the same roles, the “F” series being what we might call close support while the “G” were optimized for longer-range strike missions.

The narrative then shifts to descriptions of the Fw 190 in service.  This is arranged by theater rather by unit and includes detailed descriptions of individual actions along with first-hand anecdotes from the participants.  These flow logically and are easy to follow.

The text is augmented by a huge number of photographs.  There are literally pictures on every page.  These are reproduced well and are nicely captioned.   Many of these are factory photographs of details and sub-assemblies which will be of particular interest to modelers.  The bulk are of the Fw 190 in service at the fronts, some of which are familiar, others not.

The major strength of this volume lies in the drawings.  This section opens with a selection of Focke Wulf technical illustrations showing the various internal systems.  This is followed by several pages of 1/48 scale line drawings of all the developments of the series, with supplementary details in 1/24 scale where useful.  Next is a series of 1/72 scale drawings, but this time attention is drawn to the changes between variants by shading the modified areas.  As if all this weren’t enough, these are three additional sheets of drawings included as loose inserts, one set in 1/48 scale and two in 1/32.  Rounding out the artwork are twenty-six full color side profiles, several of which are supplemented with color plan views.

All in all this makes a vey nice package for the Luftwaffe enthusiast.  The narrative is nicely written and there is a lot of visual interest in the selection of the photographs.  The drawings are very useful for identifying the plethora of modifications and will certainly help sort out the confusion in identifying sup-types.  The pricing of this book makes it very attractive and I can recommend it without reservation.

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4 thoughts on “Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Kagero Monographs Book Review

  1. Jeff,
    Thanks for this review. Unlike most folks, I really don’t have much on the 190: just the old Squadron “In Action” volume, and Airframe & Miniature volume by Richard Franks, the latter of which I consider to be a good book. Do you think this one would be a good supplement to the Franks book?

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    1. Hi Warren! I think it would come down to a matter of taste. The strengths of this book are the detailed photographs and the line drawings, the photographs would be useful if you were opening up the panels for a super-detail project. The drawings are great if you’re working on the details between the variants, but Franks is good for that as well.

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  2. Personally I thought the photo content in the Franks book was indifferent. A good number of the photos in this Kagero book were from my collection without being correctly credited..(“archiwum”)

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