Tamiya Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 of Oberfeldwebel Heinz Marquart in 1/72 Scale

Here is White 11 of Oberfeldwebel Heinz Marquart, 13 /JG 51 at Schmoldow, Germany, May 1945.  He was shot down in this aircraft by an RAF 41 Squadron Spitfire XIV on 1 May 1945, the day before his unit surrendered.  His comrades assumed he was dead, but he survived and was in a hospital as the war ended.  Heinz Marquart finished the war with credited with a total of 122 victories.

There is considerable confusion concerning White 11, several sources attribute the White 11 surrendered to the RAF on 2 May at Flensburg as being Marquart’s mount.  That aircraft had unpainted gun covers, but it obviously cannot be the same White 11 shot down the day before. Jerry Crandall resolved the disparity during an interview with pilot Heinz Radlauer – mechanics had painted White 11 on two different 13 Staffel Doras!

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Tamiya Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 of Oberleutnant Klaus Faber in 1/72 Scale

Red 13 was piloted by Oberleutnant Klaus Faber from the airfield protection flight of JV 44, based at München-Rein in April of 1945.  Faber considered 13 to be his lucky number, he survived the war with two victories.  Red 13 got the Aeries engine & armament detail set, along with a whole lot of extra wiring.  This aircraft had partial striping on the underside, the stripes did not run the length of the fuselage.  The JaPo Fw 190D reference also shows partial striping on Red 4, Crandall shows it complete.  The fuselage inscription reads, “ ‘Rein MuB er’ und wenn wir beide Weinen!” Which means “In he goes even though both of us will cry!”

Tamiya Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 kit with Aeries resin engine, scratch wheel bays, and EagleCals decals.

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Tamiya Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-11 of Lt. Karl-Heinz Hofmann in 1/72 Scale

Red 4 is a Focke-Wulf D-11, piloted by Lt. Karl-Heinz Hofmann from the airfield protection flight of JV 44, based at München-Rein in April of 1945.  Most profiles show a White <58 marking under the Red 4, and the EagleCals sheet includes this marking.  After studying the photographs of Red 4 I decided to leave it off.  Photographs where the <58 can be seen also show the Balkenkreuz to be badly weathered, with streaks of black showing through the white bars.  Some of these pictures were taken after the aircraft had sat outside in the elements for several months.  My rational is that in April 1945 the paint would have been fresh and the underlying layers of paint would still be obscured.  The inscription reads “Der nächste Herr – dieselbe Dame!”, which means “The next man, the same woman!”.

This is a simple conversion from the standard Tamiya D-9 kit, the differences are a resin propelled and carburetor intake scoop along with modifications to the wing and fuselage armament.  Decals are from EagleCals sheet #14.

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Tamiya Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 of Haupmann Waldemar Wübke in 1/72 Scale

This is Red 3 from the airfield protection flight of JV 44, based at München-Rein in April of 1945.  The pilot was Haupmann Waldemar Wübke.  Wübke was one of the Luftwaffe pilots who served from the beginning of the war to the end.  He was a “Jabo” or fighter-bomber pilot, the inscription on his aircraft reads “Im Auftrage der Reichsbahn”, which means “By order of the State Railway” – a commonly-seen inscription on railcars hauling bombs.  Although shot down and wounded on several occasions, Wübke survived the war with sixteen victories to his credit.

This is the Tamiya kit with decals from EagleCals sheet #14.

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Tamiya Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 of Lt. Heinz Sachsenberg in 1/72 Scale

This a Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 of the airfield protection flight of JV 44, based at München-Rein in April of 1945.  This flight was tasked with protecting the Me 262 jets when they were taking off and landing, the jet’s engines reacted poorly to sudden throttle inputs rendering them vulnerable to prowling Allied fighters.  The undersides of the Doras were painted red with white stripes as a quick recognition aid for Luftwaffe flak gunners surrounding the base.

Red 1 was the mount of Lt. Heinz “Heino” Sachsenberg, who was the leader of JV 44s airfield protection flight.  You could say that being a fighter pilot was in his blood, his father was Gotthard Sachsenberg, a First World War fighter ace with 31 victories and holder of the Pour le Merit.  The younger Sachsenberg scored his victories on the Eastern Front with 6./JG 52 and was a Knight’s Cross holder.  After scoring his 104th victory, he was shot down and wounded over Romania by USAAF Mustangs.  He was assigned to JV 44 after his release from hospital.  He survived the war, but succumbed to complications from his wounds in 1951. The slogan on the fuselage side reads “Verkaaf’s mei Gwand ‘I foahr im Himmel!” which translates as “Sell my clothes I’m going to heaven!”.

This is the excellent Tamiya kit.  I rebuilt the wheelwells and the exposed engine accessory section from plastic card.  There is some dispute concerning the uppersurface colors, the JaPo book shows the upper wings and tail surfaces in the 82 / 83 scheme as modeled here, Crandall shows them in 74 / 75.  Decals are from EagleCals sheet #14.

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Tamiya Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 of Leutnant Kurt Tanzer in 1/72 Scale

White 1 was flown by the Staffelkapitän of 13./JG 51, Leutnant Kurt Tanzer while based at Schmoldow, Germany, May 1945.  No photographs are known of Tanzer’s Dora.  This model is based upon the factory camouflage of the production batch of Tanzer’s WkNr. 213084 as described in the JaPo Dora books and his markings.  Tanzer was credited with 143 victories, 126 against the Russians and 17 in the West.  He survived the war but in 1960 he was killed in a training accident in Spain while flying a Lockheed T-33. 

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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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Eduard Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8/R8 Sturmbock of Karl Rusack in 1/72 Scale

Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8/R8 Sturmbock of Karl Rusack, 5./JG 300, Löbnitz Germany, January 1945, built from the Eduard kit.

Fw 190A-8/R8 Sturmbock of Karl Rusack, 5./JG 300, Löbnitz Germany, January 1945.  Rusack was credited with five victories.  He was shot down in April 1945 and survived the war.  The aircraft is finished in a standard 74 / 75 / 76 scheme, oversprayed with dark green veins to provide better concealment on the ground from prowling Allied fighters. This aircraft is profiled in Claes Sundin’s Luftwaffe Fighter Aircraft in Profile No 1 and Kagero’s Fw 190s over Europe Part 2, which also provided the decals.

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Eduard Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8/R8 of Willi Unger in 1/72 Scale

Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8/R8 of Unteroffizer Willi Unger, 12./JG 3, Barth Germany, 20 May 1944.  Built from the Eduard kit.

Fw 190A-8/R8 of Unteroffizer Willi Unger, 12./JG 3, Barth Germany, 20 May 1944.  Ungar achieved 24 victories, 21 of them heavy bombers.  He survived the war.  This aircraft is fitted with the unusual Krebs Gerät (crab device), a 21cm mortar which was designed to fire backwards as the fighter passed through an Allied bomber formation.  It was quickly withdrawn from service as being impractical to aim accurately.  Markings are from EagleCals #8.

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